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I believe that education is the most important tool an individual can use to create a successful and productive life. It is our job as educators to provide opportunities for all students to inquire, discover, create, engage, and reflect. As a leader, it is my responsibility to create an environment that is safe and nurturing so that students and staff members feel empowered to take risks and pursue our collective goals. Collaboration and communication are key to creating the shared vision of a school and in taking the necessary steps to implement a district and and school plan. I strive to always be learning, collaborating, sharing, and reflecting on my practice, and I believe good leaders can help others share these same experiences.

Work History

Aug 2014Present

STEM Integration Specialist

Talahi Community School in ISD 742, St. Cloud, MN

Worked with teachers to implement inquiry and technology into their lessons. Provided job-embedded professional development in technology, math, reading, and science to teachers. Additionally, I served as the School Testing Co-Coordinator overseeing MCA, OLPA, and STAR testing.

Jul 2013Jul 2014

2nd Grade Teacher in the Talahi Academy

Talahi Community School in ISD 742, St. Cloud, MN

Co-taught a 2nd grade extended day/extended school year classroom. Provided focused, differentiated instruction to students. Collaborated with teachers, staff, and parents. Conducted home visits with parents and students.

Sep 2012Jun 2013

Title 1 Teacher

East Salem Elementary in Salem City Schools, Salem, VA

Provided small group and individual support in reading and math to support struggling readers. Co-taught reading and math lessons in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms. Participated in district-wide Title 1 audit.

Aug 2007May 2012

3rd, 5th, and 6th Grade Teacher

Cordley Elementary School in USD 497, Lawrence, KS

Provided instruction as a classroom teacher at an ESL cluster school to all students including ESL and students with IEPs. Collaborated with other teachers, staff, and parents. Provided staff development in Daily 5, CAFE, Reciprocal Teaching, and equity issues.

Aug 2006Jun 2007

4th Grade Teacher

Northern Hills Elementary in Onalaska School District, Onalaska, WI

Created and instructed lessons developed to reach diverse learners in a multicultural classroom. 


Jul 2013Jul 2015

6th Year Program (K-12 Principal/Superintendent License)

St. Cloud State University

Courses in Educational Administration leading to K-12 Principal and Superintendent licenses.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Washburn University

Courses in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy.


English as a Second Language Certification Courses

Kansas State University
Completed courses in English as a Second Lanuage Education.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Courses in Curriculum and Instruction for elementary and middle school.

Presentations, Publications, and Awards

TIES Exceptional Teacher Award: St. Cloud Area Schools 2015.

What Can Marshmallows Teach Us About Our Students?: Presented current research, best practices, and action steps for building perseverance and grit in the classroom at at district-wide Choices Professional Development Day in St. Cloud, MN. Winter 2015.

Bloggging in the Classroom: Presented current best practices in classroom blogging and facilitated the creation of class blogs for all participants from the session at district-wide Choices Professional Development Day in St. Cloud, MN. Winter 2015.

Home Visits: Presented reflections, research, and actions steps to conduct home visits with students to build rapport and increase parental involvement to staff at Talahi Community School in St. Cloud, MN. Fall 2014.

Carlson, C., Court, S., & Rettig, M. (2014). Is the Pen Mightier than the Blog?: Comparing 3rd Graders' Response Journals to Paper and Pencil Response Journals Kansas Journal of Reading, 29, 10-17.

Classroom Libraries: Physical and Digital: Presented current best practices, organizational tips, and funding options for physical and digital libraries at district level professional development day in Salem, VA. Spring 2013.

Is the Pen Mightier than the Blog?: Presented findings from action research, as well as, other current research on using blogs in the classroom to improve student writing at the Kansas Reading Association Annual Convention in Emporia, Kansas. Spring 2011.

Boys and Books: Presented findings from an independent study to a graduate course at Washburn University in Topeka, KS on examining the challenges of teaching literacy to males.

Courageous Conversations: Worked on a presentation team to facilitate staff meetings discussing equity and closing the achievement gap at Cordley Elementary School in Lawrence, KS. 2010-2012.


Oct 2015Jun 2017

Principal K-12

State of Minnesota Department of Education

Function Code 933000

Jun 2013Jun 2018

Elementary Education Grades 1-6

State of Minnesota Department of Education
Function Code 180100
Jun 2013Jun 2018

Communication Arts/Literature Grades 5-8

State of Minnesota Department of Education
Function Code 050100