M.S. Northeastern University, 1974, Botanical Science
B.S. Stonehill College, 1970, Biology
At Asbury since 1996
Subjects: Environmental Science, Plant Taxonomy, General Biology
Nature declares the wonders of God! My goal is to instill in students a love of science so they realize that God’s Book of Nature along with His Written Word completes their understanding of the Christian faith.
I have taught grade school, high school, night school, and summer school -- and now it is a privilege to teach on the college level. Making complex ideas understandable, finding new and interesting ways to present a topic, both in print and in the classroom, are my professional goals.
I especially enjoy labs because of the one-on-one interaction. I have revised lab manuals for many of the biology courses, most recently Plant Taxonomy and Environmental Science, my special areas of interest. In 1998, I developed a program which provides biology and chemistry laboratory experiences here on the Asbury campus for home-schooled students at the high school level. Currently I am part of the Mission Farm Project. Students in the Mission Farm Seminar learn basic agricultural skills that can applied in mission settings. We are currently developing a small, sustainable farm at the Equine Center.
I am fortunate to be married to Dr. Ben Witherington, an internationally known biblical scholar. We have traveled to 15 countries. Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, being on safari in Kruger National Park, admiring the birch trees in Russia, picking pomegranates in Turkey – all these experiences can be shared in the classroom. Being a botanist I also enjoy gardening. My gardens are planted mainly with native perennials all of which are scientifically labeled. In 2011, my garden was featured on the Open Gates to Bluegrass Living tour in Lexington. I also oversee the perennial gardens at the Waveland historic site.