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As an educator for the past 19 years, I am passionate about providing all students with learning opportunities to help them meet their individual goals. Likewise, I enjoy working with teams of educators to create and ensure  all students meet their potential. I am a lifelong learner, always trying to improve myself and experiences I offer to students.    Elementary education, instructional coaching and university level teaching have been the areas of focus throughout most of my career.  While I spent over 18 years teaching elementary aged students in the public school setting,  I found a new passion in working with adult learners through my summer university positions. I now work full time for Ashford University teaching adults in the college of education.  I also work with a team of educators to support associate faculty in their teaching of undergraduate students.  Outside of instructing, I also work with teams of educators to develop and revise course modules for the students in the college of education. 

Work experience

May 2018Present

Associate Professor

Ashford University

-Developing undergraduate courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program. 

-Working with the College of Education team to support associate faculty members in the instruction of students.

-Teaching online courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education department.

July 2013June 2018

Reading Specialist-District Literacy Coach

Burlington Area School District

--Serving as a building resource teacher and instructional coach, assisting teachers in implementing effective literacy instruction in the general education classrooms.

-Working with staff and administration to identify students in need of additional support through testing and progress monitoring.

-Member of the District Literacy Committee working with a team of educators to guide district wide literacy practices.

May 2011June 2015

Adjunct Instructor for Department of Education

Ashford University-Bridgepoint Education-Online

-Working in an online learning environment, providing guidance to undergraduate students in accelerated five-week courses.

-Delivering feedback on student assignments and learning objectives.

-Coordinating with the Writing Services department to post faculty guidance and expectations to all students in courses.

Aug 2005Jun 2013

Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach

Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District

-Worked with struggling readers in a pull out and push in format, utilizing various interventions based on student need.

-Served as a building resource teacher and instructional coach, assisting teachers in implementing effective literacy instruction in the general education classrooms.

-Mentored new and veteran teachers since 2008.

Aug 2010Jun 2012

Clincial Supervisor of Graduate Students

Concordia University

-Assisted graduate students throughout their coursework and their reading practicum.

-Helped graduate students plan and implement successful literacy programs.

-Worked with the university program director to ensure students fulfill expectations.

Jun 2010Aug 2010

Adjunct Instructor

Southern Illinois University

-Designed a three credit course in diagnostic reading strategies

-Taught 28 teachers 40 hours of instruction over a summer session.

-Worked with university staff to implement and evaluate a new course.

Jul 2004Jun 2005

Kindergarten Teacher

Trevor Grade School

-Planned and implemented instruction in a standards based environment with emphasis on student knowledge.

-Delivered differentiated instruction based on formal and informal data and assessments.

-Served as team-leader for the kindergarten team.

Jul 2000Jun 2004

1st Grade, 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade Classroom Teacher

Iron Horse Elementary

-Planned and implemented instruction in a standards based environment with an emphasis on student knowledge.

-Involved parents in the learning process as partners through Family School Nights.

-Served on Staff Development Committee to implement Professional Learning Communities throughout the school.

-Worked as the team leader for all teachers on the K-2 team during the 2003-2004 school year.

Aug 1999Jun 2000

Read to Succeed Teacher

Iron Horse Elementary

-Designed and implemented instruction for struggling readers.

-Worked collaboratively with students' classroom teachers as well as parents to address individual needs and concerns.

-Developed and facilitated parent training evenings to teach parents how to help their children in the area of reading.

-Tracked and recorded student progress to show an average of a 2 year growth in reading over 6 months of mentoring students.


Jul 2014August 2017

Doctor of Educational Leadership

Edgewood College

Completed the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.  Completed the administrator, superintendent and curriculum director licensure through the program.  Dissertation focus on Cyberbullying Prevention in Wisconsin schools.

Aug 2008May 2010

Reading Specialist Certification Program

Concordia University-Wisconsin

Post Graduate credits resulting in Wisconsin 317 Reading Specialist License.

May 2003Jun 2004

Reading Teacher Certification Program

University of Wisconsin-Stout

18 Post graduate credits resulting in Wisconsin 316 Reading Teacher license

Jan 2000May 2001


Adams State College

24 Post Graduate Courses in the area of Literacy

Sep 1998May 2000

Master Of Arts

University of Colorado-Denver

Master of Arts-Curriculum and Instruction

Aug 1991May 1995

Bachelor of Arts

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Communications




Early Childhood-Adolescence

Director of Instruction

Early Childhood-Adolescence


Early Childhood-Adolescence
Jun 2010Jun 2018

Reading Specialist

Ages Birth-21 Years
Jun 2009Jun 2013

Reading Teacher

Ages Birth-21 Years

Instructional Coach

Wisconsin DPI Training

Orton Gillingham

Multi Sensory Institute of Education


Outside of work I am passionate about time with my family and friends.  My kids are in middle school, and time is flying fast. I try to attend as much of their events as  possible.    I enjoy physical activities such as running, kayaking, SCUBA diving, triathlons, working out, beaches and of course travel.  I try to keep myself healthy in mind and body.

Volunteer and Community

AFS intercultural exchange program:    Student and family coordinator

PTO:                                                             Community fundraiser

Irlen:                                                              Candidate screener