Dr. Neff has been involved in chemistry education for more than six years. Her teaching philosophy involves a classroom environment where everyone is comfortable and encouraged to ask questions, “I also love to give the students lots of in class problems about the topic that I am teaching.” Dr. Neff’s goals in teaching are “to help my students understand the basics of chemistry and how it applies to the world around them.”
She chose to teach at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley as a Subject Expert Teacher because of “my love of teaching and the rigorous academics at the school.”
Dr. Neff’s impressive education includes earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She went on to earn a Doctorate in Philosophy in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Utah where she was awarded the Henry Eyring Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry. In Utah, Dr. Neff used quantum chemistry techniques to determine the mechanism by which biological molecules fragmented during Electron Capture Dissociation Mass Spectrometry experiments. Subsequently, she went on to do research in the area of quantum geochemistry as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Iowa. After the birth of her son in 2013, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom until she taught chemistry part-time at Skyline College in San Bruno in the spring of 2016.
She enjoys hiking in the Bay Area and visiting the local museums with her family.