Focus: Composition, mindful writing instruction, English education, and social justice pedagogy/literacy
Dissertation: Writing as Practice: A Collaborative Inquiry into Mindful Writing Pedagogy in the Era of Assessment
Master of Arts, English, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, August 2005
Thesis: What Did You Notice?: The Ecopoetry of Mary Oliver
Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Texas at Austin, August 1995
Secondary instructional coach, Ralston Public Schools, 2014-present
English teacher, Ralston High School, Omaha, Nebraska, 2003-present
Adjunct/dual enrollment instructor, English Department, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2007-present
Adjunct instructor, Graduate and Professional Studies, Buena Vista University, 2011-2013
Adjunct instructor, English Department, Iowa Western Community College, 2008
Adjunct instructor, English Department, Metropolitan Community College, 2007
Language arts teacher, Louisville (Nebraska) High School, 2002-2003
Language arts teacher, Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, 1998-2001
Eighth grade teacher, Holy Spirit School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1997-1998
Language arts teacher, Lancaster (Texas) High School, 1996-1997
College teaching experience includes: education, first and second year composition, literature, and creative writing.
High school teaching experience includes: A.P. senior English and composition, American literature, British literature, contemporary literature, composition, creative writing, and speech.
Department chair, English Department, Ralston High School, 2011-present
Co-director, Nebraska Writing Project, 2009-2013
Coordinator, Omaha Metropolitan Area High School Poetry Festival, 2004-present
National Education Association Foundation Learning and Leadership Grant, 2014.
National Council of Teachers of English Teacher of Excellence Award, 2012.
Nebraska English Language Arts Council Teacher of the Year, 2012.
Ralston Schools Foundation Scholar, 2011-2012.
National Writing Project Urban Sites Network Grant for "Literacy for Social Justice in the Urban Heartland," 2009
NSEA/Blue Cross-Blue Shield Professional Development Fund Scholarship, 2007 and 2008
Ralston Schools Foundation Grant for Omaha Metropolitan Area High School Poetry Festival, 2007
Thesis of the Year nomination for Master’s thesis entitled, “What Did You Notice?: The Ecopoetry of Mary Oliver,” University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2005
Graduate Research Award for project entitled, “Assessing the Value of Institution-Wide Requirements for Writing Courses,” University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2002
“Teaching Rhetorical Action in Local Community,” [With Robert Brooke, Bernice Olivas, and Susan Martens], Rhetoric Society of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 2012
“Empowering Voices: Teachers Tell Classroom Stories,” [With Marni Valerio], National Writing Project Urban Sites Network Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 2012
“Raising Voices Silenced by History: Using Primary Source Documents to Inspire Student Writing,” [With Ben Bates, Linda Christensen, Jeff Grinvalds, and Shanedra Nowell] National Writing Project Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, November 2010
"'The Urban Justice League': Students Reading and Writing for Social Justice," [With Jeff Grinvalds] National Writing Project Urban Sites Conference, Portland, Oregon, April 2010.