This is my 19th year as an educator. After graduating from The University of Northern Iowa (1998) with a BA in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, I began teaching in the Bloomington Independent School District in Bloomington, MN. During my six years in Bloomington I was fortunate to teach children at a variety of levels (K-5), but spent the majority of my time as a first grade teacher at Valley View Elementary. In 2002, I received my Master of Education degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. After six years of work in Bloomington, my husband and I moved to Iowa where we started a family and I began work with the Johnston Public School District in Johnston, IA. During my three years with Johnston Schools, I taught as a part-time reading and math support teacher. In the fall of 2007, I began my career in higher education, accepting a part-time position at Iowa State University as a lecturer in the School of Education. In addition to my experience at ISU, I have also served as an online educator for Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI, as well as a Student Teaching Supervisor for Grandview University in Des Moines, IA. My primary focus at ISU has been to teach CI377 (The Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Grades) and CI245/268 (Strategies in Teaching). In 2014, I began teaching as full-time faculty in the School of Education, adding CI378 to my list of courses (The Teaching of Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Grades).
Master of Education. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 2002.
BA Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education. The University of Northern Iowa, 1998.