Assistant Professor/Academic Coach
I began my teaching career as a middle and high school teacher in urban Kansas City. After teaching in Kansas City, I moved to Chicago and began tutoring and teaching at a community college in the city. Now I’m here at VU where I teach English 008, Humanities 102, English 079, and English 101.
I’ve taught in many places, but no matter where I am teaching, my philosophy is always the same: to give students concrete tools to become better writers while ensuring they have autonomy, choices, and a say. Writing is difficult because it can be subjective, so I aim to make writing more objective for my students with these tools. In addition, I help my students identify their strengths and weaknesses as writers.
When I'm Not Teaching
When I am not teaching, I can be found taking road trips, spending time with my family and friends, spoiling my pets, writing, or taking photographs. I also love being involved in the Vincennes community, including volunteering at the Vincennes Animal Shelter, fostering orphan kittens, helping local artists display their art at Open Space Art Gallery, and eating local food at Vincennes Food Trucks on the Wabash.