College of Education and Allied Professions
School of Teaching and Learning
Another year of experience, another year of learning and growing. This year has been a reset for me, as we have come off of Covid and the craziness that resulted from changes to teaching and learning. This year I have focused on returning to the hands-on teacher I have always been, striving to learn more about teaching to become a better teacher myself and to help others to become better teachers. My experiences as a high school English/Communications, Middle School-EFL, and ESL at a University English Language Program contribute to the teacher I am at the university level. At WCU, I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses: Foundations of Education, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Middle Grade Students, Freshman Seminar, Global Education Systems, Internship Seminars, Education in a Diverse Society, Assessment for Educators, and Curriculum and Instruction. I have also enjoyed my responsibilities in schools as a University Supervisor for interns. As the EDCI Program Coordinator, I administratively and by example, lead others to be better educators and employees.<br><br>I also give of my time through service to CEAP, STL, and the university at large. Among my responsibilities, I co-organize the Transformative Rural Urban Exchange, have assisted in organizing and leading students on the fall break international study abroad trip to Kenya, am a member of the CEAP Diversity Committee, Intercultural Affairs Advisory Board, assist in the organization of and participation in many on-campus events, as well as volunteer to support our undergraduate students when possible (Whee Call U Campaign, and first-generation advocate).<br><br>Finally, though “only” full time, I am involved in multiple research projects, several of which are in the writing and submission phases. I look forward to continuing writing in my areas of interest, and am seeking partners for research opportunities.
Historical, Philosophical, Sociological perspectives of education; diverse populations in public schools; diversity in rural schools; social justice, teaching English as Another Language; Reading; Middle Grades and High School Reading/LA/Literature/Writing
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Social Justice, Rural Schools, Diversity in Rural Schools, Leadership, Teachers as Leaders,