- B.S. Elementary Education, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN ~ 1999
- M.S. Language Education (Emphasis: English as a Second Language), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN ~ 2005
- Graduate Certificate Composition Studies, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN ~ 2017
I bring to the classroom twenty years of teaching experience in literacy and language education. During my career, I have worked with students from a variety of educational backgrounds, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL).
I believe that reading and writing are intimately connected. Students cannot improve in one area without the other. As a teacher of composition, my primary goal is to provide students with the experience and confidence to use the reading, writing, and critical thinking tools learned in class to empower themselves to communicate clearly and defend their beliefs. I hope to help students become better college students, employees, and community members.
When I'm Not Teaching
When I am not in class, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I can be found growing fruits and vegetables, caring for a small flock of chickens, and spending time with my family. When the weather brings me indoors, I am usually preserving the harvest from the garden, trying new recipes in the kitchen, reading a good book, or watching Netflix.