I grew up in the Mankato area, attended St. Peter High School and Minnesota State University - Mankato. I am currently living in the St. Louis Park area substitute teaching and trying to find a forever job in the Metro region.
I love tinkering with my computer and creating things, especially those related to education. I have an Elementary education teaching degree as well as degrees in middle school science and mathematics. I am trying to put my tinkering skills to work by creating packets for teachers and students to use to help them reach new heights in their academic growth.
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.