Founding Board Member
I am a professor in Bioinformatics in the WSU Department of Horticulture and run a large, well-funded research program that focuses on developing tools and database resources that enable research in genomics, genetics, and breeding of horticultural crops. As a first-generation scholar hailing from the Scottish Highlands, I have seen first-hand the impact that a fine education brings to a person and a family. I firmly believe that every child has the capacity to pursue higher education if they are given access to the right education for them. The Montessori model featuring multi-age classrooms, self-directed ‘work’, experiential learning, and a focus on the whole child, creates a wonderful environment for kids to learn and thrive. I feel very strongly that access to this type of education should not be limited by economic background, which is why I am so enthused to be part of this effort to bring a free public Montessori school to Pullman.