College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology and Sociology
I graduated East Carolina University in 2007 with a BA in English Literature, followed by a graduate certificate in Cherokee Language from Western Carolina University in 2009. In 2009, I was the first certified teacher in the New Kituwah Academy Cherokee immersion program, developed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. I taught Cherokee immersion in early elementary (Grades K-5) from 2009-2019. In 2019, I accepted a position as Cherokee Language Instructor at Western Carolina University.
My primary areas of interest are the effects of immersion pedagogy on language acquisition and culturally-sensitive curriculum development for tribal communities. I am interested in both childhood and adulthood language acquisition, and play-based pedagogy with Total Physical Response (TPR) methods.
I am interested in the documentation and revitalization of Cherokee language, as well as the Cherokee syllabary.