Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Dissertation: Finding the questions: A mixed-methods study of preservice practitioner
inquiry in teacher education
Chair: Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Ph.D.
Masters of Elementary Education
Bridgewater University, Bridgewater, MA
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature & Psychology
Murray State University, Murray, KY
Elon University, Assistant Professor of Education (2009 to present)
Boston College, Instructor/Research Assistant (2004 - 2009)
Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, (1995 - 2009)
EDU 311 - Principles of Learning and Teaching I: Language Arts and Social Studies Methods and Materials
EDU 411 - Principles of Learning and Teaching I: Language Arts and Social Studies Methods and Materials
EDU 441 - Foundations of Middle Level Education
EDU 481 - Student Teaching
EDU 483 - Student Teaching Seminar
EDU 301, 303 - Explorations Seminar
MED 552 - Advanced Literacy
MED 532 - Consultation & Collaboration
MED 550 - Educating Diverse Learners
Curriculum Theories & Practice
Graduate Inquiry Seminar
Yale University Programs in International Education Resources (PIER)
Frontier China in the 21st Century: Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet (Senior Fellow)
Middle Grades Coordinator
Global 2.0 connects students in K-8 classrooms around the world, using technology and literacy skills while developing global awareness. Classrooms in ABSS have been connected to classrooms in Ireland and South Africa addressing identity, culture and stereotypes through shared curriculum, skype sessions, and artifact exchanges.
Faculty Research & Development Committee
Disabilities Advisory Committee
There is a special power in a place that can inspire, refresh, and provide opportunities for growth and change. These spaces may be personal or public - a particular spot by a fountain or a seat among the walls of books in a library. They offer an island for reflection and a safe haven to struggle with change.
Libraries, including Belk Library pictured here, have always been sacred places for me; a place to find new worlds and ideas. Reading is as essential to my life as breathing. I love books and the miracle of exchanging ideas through print across time and place.
This campus holds many such places notable for their beauty, the people who fill them, and the serenity or energy they inspire. Moreover, Elon is an exceptional space to learn, to risk, to question, and to be transformed. We are enriched by our surroundings and motivated to be more than who we are in this moment.
Photo and accompanying personal statement were part of the faculty/staff portrait exhibit installed in Mooney Building in May 2010.