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.
I work with English as a Second Language students at Normandale Community College in MN. I think reading and journaling are some of the best ways to become better writers. M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language, Hamline University B.A. English and French, College of Saint Benedict
Greetings and thanks for visiting my profile. I am a lifelong lover of learning and teaching and I am thrilled to be a part of the Sophia community. My undergraduate degree is in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, but I have taught a wide range of subjects including English, ESL, Mathematics, French, and test preparation. I have worked with students from the ages of 6 to 60, in a variety of settings across the country, from the classroom to the living room, in Oregon, California, Maryland, and Minnesota. My students have often joked that I am the consummate nerd because I love grammar, math, and taking tests, but my indefatigable love of learning does not stop there. Throughout my life I have been drawn to learn whatever I can get my hands on. I have been a costume design intern at a French opera, I have attended cooking school in Florence, and I am currently taking oil painting classes in Annapolis, Maryland. I value learning of all kinds so highly because I feel that every new skill that I learn opens my eyes to a new aspect of life. Thanks to my painting classes, I will never look at light, shadow, and color the same way again, and thanks to my costume design experience, I have learned the true power of the Pythagorean theorem! For the past four years I have been in the educational technology field, and most recently I have joined Sophia as the Manager of Content Development and Alignment. My experiences in education have taught me that each student learns differently and that learners benefit immensely from the opportunity to choose what they learn, how they learn, and how quickly they learn. I feel fortunate to be a part of company that embraces this philosophy and seeks to teach students as flexibly and as fluidly as students learn. In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake wrote: If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. This statement resonates deeply with what I feel to be the ultimate goal of teaching and learning. Our key aim as teachers and students should be to widen the chinks of our caverns, inch by inch, so that we can all see the world more brightly and clearly. I love the spirit of Sophia; I love the bravery of the idea that we can all teach and learn from each other, and that we can widen the doors of perception together. I am prou