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Work experience


Elementary Technology Specialist

North Kansas City School District

Intermediate SAGE Instructor

North Kansas City School District

 Developing, implementing, and assessing a comprehensive curriculum integrating technology and strategies to promote higher level thinking skills while differentiating for student interests and abilities

 Planning project-based learning units, daily lessons, and experiences to meet Common Core Standards, NAGC National Standards in Gifted and Talented Education and ISTE Student and Teacher Standards

Imbedding affective learning skills, learning modality principles and student interests into group and individual instruction to maximize learning and meet the unique learning needs of each student

Collaborating on projects and blogging with classrooms around the world to share student learning, develop global awareness and understanding, Internet safety skills , digital literacy, and citizenship

Collaborating with the regular classroom teacher to support instruction, enrichment and differentiation

Aug 20122013

Gifted Instructor

SJSD Middle School

As the gifted instructor for all four middle schools in our community, I l lead an online, offsite and onsite course that partners with local business and organizations. Heartland Health, Kit Bond Incubator, Altec Industries, EmPowerU, and the MWSU Steven L. Craig School of Business have helped SJSD GATE develop a rich curriculum for the students. The curriculum is grounded in relevancy, entrepreneurship, leadership, engineering, math, science, and design thinking - all focused on the community.

Aug 20072012

Department Chair, Biology Instructor

Benton High School

As Department Chair, I developed professional development sessions with my department. I gathered data about school improvement measures. I also represented my department on our school leadership team.

I have taught Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology, and TAG Science Investigations in my time at Benton High School.

Aug 20072012

Assistant Cross Country Coach

Benton High School

As the Assistant Cross Country coach, I help the head coach organize practices, and I  help my athletes with any issues they are having with training. I run with the girl's team when possible, and I also run with them outside of the season when possible. 

Feb 2006Jun 2007

Assistant Track Coach

Lafayette High School

As the Assistant Track Coach, I worked with the distance runners throughout the season. 

Aug 2003Jun 2007

Biology Instructor

Lafayette High School

At Lafayette High School, I taught several science courses. I taught both Honors and non-honors Biology, Principles of Chemistry and Physics, Honors Zoology, Honors Botany, TAG Science Investigations, and the ACT Preparatory Course.

Aug 2005Jun 2007

Head Cross Country Coach

Lafayette High School

As the Head Cross Country Coach, I designed practice schedules for my athletes, organized home meets, and worked to establish team relationships with parents and the community. I ran with my athletes during the season whenever possible, and I also ran with them off-season as well.



Masters of Science in Gifted Education and Creativity

Arkansas State University.

I will graduate with my Master's of Science Degree in Gifted and Creative Education this May.

Jun 2012Dec 2012

Gifted Certification

University of Missouri

I received my 15 hours of Masters level coursework in Gifted Education. This coursework was necessary to obtain my gifted certification for the state of Missouri. 

Aug 1999Dec 2003

Bachelor of Science in English Education

Northwest Missouri State University

I attended Northwest Missouri State University. I graduated with honors and received my degree in English Education. I minored in Biology.


May 20122022

National Board Certification - AYA Science - Biology

National Board
Dec 2003Present

English Education - 9-12

Dec 2003Present

Biology Education - 9-12

Dec 2013Present

Gifted Education - K-12


Awards and Honors


Teacher of Distinction

North Kansas City School District

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi

Culture of Excellence Honor Cadre

North Kansas City School District


District Teacher of the Year Finalist

St. Joseph School District