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Aug 2009Present

Graduate Student/OLL staff

University of South Alabama
Mar 2006Jun 2009

Adjunct Professor

California State University, Los Angeles

Charter College of Education; Instructor of the following courses:

  • Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • Principles and Practices of Writing Instruction
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Principles and Practices of Social Studies Instruction
Sep 1991Jun 1999


Akal Security/Sikh Dharma
Sep 1982Jun 1991

Teacher, Housemistress

GNFC/GRD Academy

Language Arts and Social Studies, Grades 6-12

May 1976Aug 1982

Owner, Manager

Golden Temple Restaurant


Aug 2009Present

Ph.D. Grad Student

University of South Alabama

M.A. Part I

Garhwal University
Sep 1969Jun 1971


University of Montevallo


Reading, Writing, Walking, Opera, Basketball


I have been a language arts teacher for more than 20 years. I was a Founding Teacher of Odyssey Charter School in Altadena, California, and for ten years was the Language Arts and History teacher for the middle school instructional team. I was also a part time professor in the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. I am the immediate past chair of NCTE's Assembly for National Board Certified teachers. Since 2001, I have been actively involved with the Los Angeles Writing Project , where I am a consultant and trainer for the Family Writing Workshops initiative. I am also a part of the California Writing Project‘s ISAW (Improving Student Academic Writing) team, and have given many local and state conference presentations on language arts topics, including the teaching of poetry. Currently, I am writing a monograph about Family Writing Workshops for the National Writing Project as a co-author.

My greatest excitement comes from assisting students in discovering knowledge and concepts that help them to grow as human beings. When young people become lifelong readers and learners, examining how their lives interact with the world around them, I feel that my job as a teacher has been accomplished.

I am currently a doctoral student at the University of South Alabama in Instructional Design and Development. I plan to use my degree to create unique learning experiences for learners at all levels and in a variety of fields.


Professional Presentations on Family Writing Workshops, ISAW, and other writing strategies at NCTE and National Writing Project national conventions; CATE conventions, Urban Sites Conferences, Writing Project institutes.

California Writing Project ISAW (Improving Student Academic Writing) Development Team.

Chair, Assembly for National Board Certified Teachers of NCTE, 2008-2010.

Professional Memberships: NCTE; ASCD; NCHE; Teachers and Writers Collaborative; CATE; SCTE; Phi Kappa Phi; Pi Lambda Theta; AECT, MSERA.



CLAD Certification

Calfornia Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Fellow, Los Angeles Writing Project

California Writing Project

Fellow, Project Zero

Harvard University

California Teaching Credential

Calfornia Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Alabama Teaching Credential

Alabama Teacher Certification

National Board Teacher Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards