"The brain, like your muscles, needs regular exercise. If you are not challenging yourself intellectually, it will not get any stronger."
Phone Number: 410-377-5192 ext. 1191
Joined Boys' Latin: 2013
Upper School Science
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Education & Professional Training:
B.A., Goucher College
M.S., The Johns Hopkins University
M.A.T., The Johns Hopkins University
Science Teacher, Chesapeake High School
MSDE certified for Secondary Biology
Co-author of 13 research papers in scientific journals from 1998-2008, including:
"Children with idiopathic hemihypertrophy and beckwith-wiedemann syndrome have different constitutional epigenotypes associated with wilms tumor." American Journal of Human Genetics (2005)
"Loss of IGF2 imprinting: a potential marker for colorectal cancer risk." Science (2003)
"Loss of imprinting of a paternally expressed transcript, with antisense orientation to KvLQT1, occurs frequently in Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome and is independent of IGF2 imprinting." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (1999)
"Two novel genes in the center of the 11p15 imprinted domain escape genomic imprinting." Human Molecular Genetics (1999)
Awards, Honors and Recognition:
Phi Beta Kappa, 1997, Goucher College
Teaching At BL:
While Mrs. Cobb talks like a scientist, she approaches everything in her class like the master teacher she is. As she says, "We think of the natural world as being so wild, and yet when it comes down to it, it is really so orderly. How the various simple and complex systems have emerged, evolved, and interconnected is just completely wondrous to me!"
As she firmly believes that "everyone should have a basic understanding about how the world functions," she designs her classes focused on student engagement, often through hands-on experiences. She explains, "Science can be a difficult subject, especially when much of the content deals with the cellular and molecular processes inside of living things that we cannot directly see." Thus, she seeks creative ways to ensure her students understand and experience these hidden processes. Moreover, her students learn how to solve problems systematically, properly collecting and analyzing data.
At BL, she knows her knowledge, previous experience and professional judgement are valued and respected. She is given the freedom to approach teaching in ways that leverage her personality, knowledge, and most of all, her students' individual needs and growing expertise.
Mrs. Cobb is part of a proud military family. Her husband and son are both members of the Maryland National Guard and two of her daughters are on active duty, one with the Army and the other with the Navy. Mrs. Cobb also raised four of her youngest seven step children with her husband.
When this busy teacher and mom has some time to herself, she plays for an APA 8-ball pool team, serving as co-captain, and whenever she can, she catches an episode of her favorite television program, which won't come as a surprise to many who know this scientist: The Big Bang Theory.
Mrs. Cobb also serves as treasurer of The Baltimore Moos, a public charity that she and some friends founded to support local causes.