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Sep 2000Jun 2002


The Evergreen State College

Certification: Broad Area Language Arts, Secondary

Thesis: Effective Education for the Incarcerated Population

Work experience

Jul 2010Present

WorkFirst Training Coordinator/BFET Program Coordinator

Peninsula College
  • create and coordinate short-term trainings for the WorkFirst program, including the Nursing Assistant and Hospitality programs
  • coordinate the HUB, a four-week job readiness program taught by various community organizations
  • coordinate the Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program
  • develop curriculum for and teach life skills and job readiness classes
  • develop curriculum for and instruct college-level career and education planning classes
  • work one-on-one and in small groups with WorkFirst and BFET parents to set goals and identify and overcome barriers
  • supervise instructors in training programs
  • work collaboratively with the local Community Services Office, as well as area organizations, to best serve our clients
  • write I-Best applications
  • provide data regarding program effectiveness to community partners
  • develop and run and Educational Outreach program
  • collaboratively write grants and applications for programs such as WorkFirst and BFET
Jul 2009Jun 2010

Support Enforcement Officer II

Division of Child Support

  • manage a caseload of approximately 650 child support cases
  • work closely with Community Service Office and other community organizations to coordinate services for clients
  • help develop pilot educational program between Division of Child Support and Deptartment of Corrections
  • create educational materials for group and one-on-one sessions with incarcerated non-custodial parents
  • meet with clients one-on-one in the field office and in the institutions to develop plans regarding their child support cases
Sep 2008Mar 2009

Probation Officer II

Ketchikan Adult Probation

  • supervise felons on probation or parole, and meet with probationers in the office
  • assess probationers and determine their criminogenic needs
  • develop and implement case plans
  • conduct home and field visits
  • develop relationships with substance abuse counselors, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, and other community members
  • write reports for the Court
  • testify in Court
  • inform victims of their rights and notify them of probationers' status
Oct 2006Dec 2007

Drop-Out Prevention Specialist II

Tanana Middle School

  • identify 7th and 8th grade students at-risk of dropping out based on criteria set by school district
  • design and implement individual action plans for identified students
  • refer students to school and community programs based on their needs
  • design and implement small group programs for organization, homework help, relationships, service learning, and internet safety
  • work collaboratively with parents and guardians
  • design and implement school transition program
  • advocate for students
  • write monthly articles on fostering student success for school newsletter
Oct 2004Jun 2005

English Teacher

Juneau-Douglas High School

  • teach 9th grade Intro to Literature and Composition
  • teach 10th grade World Literature
  • design and implement curriculum based on district standards
  • grade students
  • act as an educational and social mentor
  • supervise teacher aids
Sep 2002Jul 2004


Mason County Juvenile Detention

  • teach all subjects to students aged 10-18 (grades 5th and up)
  • design and implement curriculum for both groups and individuals
  • track student progress, and create transcripts and reports for students
  • maintain communication with court and school systems regarding students
  • supervise an education assistant
  • act as testing coordinator and proctor
  • coordinate community volunteers and speakers
  • oversee publication of quarterly literary magazine

Professional Development

  • Inspired Learning
  • Critical Thinking, Personal Responsibility, and Practical Skills in English Composition
  • Power of a Sentence: Using Multimedia to Support Reading and Writing
  • Intervention for Students in Academic Distress
  • Memoir: The Past and Its Meaning 
  • Bridges out of Poverty
  • Explicit Instruction for Strategy Learning
  • De-Escalation: Grace Under Fire
  • Intercultural Effectiveness
  • Motivating the Unmotivated
  • Assisting the Hard to Employ
  • Diversity and Cultural Intelligence
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Strong Practices for Building Soft Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cross Culture and Diversity
  • The Effect of Violence on Learning
  • Working with Students in Foster Care
  • Service Learning with Youth At Risk of Failing
  • Writing in the Classroom
  • Writing Poetry in the Classroom
  • Mentoring Young Adults
  • Choice Theory and Quality Schools
  • 6-Trait Writing Workshop
  • Critical Analysis of the Media
  • Special Needs: Laws and Adaptations
  • Communication and Community
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Glasser Workshop
  • Ruby Payne: Frameworks for Understanding Poverty 

Additional Teaching Experiences


  • HUMDV 110 - Interviewing Skills
  • HUMDV 115 - Career and Life Planning
  • GS 100 - College Learning Skills


  • Diversity and Stereotyping
  • The Day of Silence: Stereotyping and Hate Crimes
  • Living on Little: Poverty
  • Never Stop Learning
  • Customer Service
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Bucket List: Goal-Setting
  • The Amazing Brain
  • Success Strategies for Home and School


  • Media Literacy
  • Computer Applications
  • Science, Art, and Writing 
  • Literary Magazines
  • Senior College English
  • Beginning Journalism
  • Basic PE
  • Creative Writing


  • Service Learning
  • Organization for School Success
  • Safe Relationships
  • Poetry in Nature
  • Dance as Worship

Community Involvement

  • Books to Prisoners Fundraiser
  • Performer, Various open mics and slams
  • Bridges Out of Poverty Committee
  • Dancer, Various fundraisers and events
  • Coordinator, Seattle Street Outreach
  • Poet, Reading for Hunger Relief
  • Performance Poetry Instructor, WomensFest
  • Employment Specialist, church
  • Musician, church