University of Toledo
United States of America - Toledo
"Without the ability to think about yourself, to reflect on your life, there's really no awareness, no consciousness."-Maxine Greene
I love education—all varieties of education. One might consider me an educational magpie of sorts, as I have collected many interests—anything that sparks my curiosity and teaches me something new about the field I love. My specializations in education include curriculum theory, curriculum design, pedagogy, and music. I’ve found that each of these areas draws upon one another, and allow me to view problems through multiple lenses to come up with creative solutions.
I hold an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo. I received my Ph.D. in 2015. My dissertation explored the intersection of art and teaching and focused on the ways in which teachers conceived of their teaching as artistic expression.
The next step in my educational career was becoming an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction. My main responsibilities were teaching and course design. I consistently received positive feedback from students and colleagues regarding my instruction and design. The most notable features of my course designs included technology assisted group collaboration, process and product differentiation, student choice, and formative assessments embedded throughout courses to aid in student learning.
After two years of working as a professor, my career path made yet another turn when I accepted a position as an Instructional Designer. My experiences teaching, designing courses, and being a faculty member provided me with a unique perspective of instructional design for online learning. As an ID I am able to build collegial relationships with faculty members in order to help them design and implement instruction using sound pedagogical practices that focus on students.
Although I am no longer a professor, I continue to practice teaching through my role as a Youth Director with my church and also through implementing faculty professional development, teaching graduate courses, and researching.