My teaching career began many years ago in an Inuit village in Alaska (on the Chukchi Sea). It was a lot of hard work, but I came away from that experience understanding the importance of meeting each student where he/she/they were at: cognitively, emotionally, and physically. I work with my students as a coach and learning partner, tailoring what they need so they can get to where they want to go.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Western Washington University, a Master's of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota, Mankato, and a PhD in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I have taught thousands of college students for over 25 years: human development, educational philosophy, teaching pedagogy, research and writing skills, and speaking/presentation skills. I also taught high school students for a couple of years in Alaska and am currently a high school teacher for Seattle Public Schools; my class is called "Careers in Education." I treat my high school students like I treat adults, and work with them to take ownership of their learning so they can continue to build the muscles of self-advocacy and leadership.
Because I work so carefully with my students on-one-on, I call myself a teacher-tutor-coach. With me, students learn reading skills, writing for different audiences, researching and writing master's theses or dissertations, and presenting information in a clear and confident way. I have also prepared students for the edTPA (capstone project at the end of student teaching) and the Praxis Test (for Para-Educator jobs). I have a 100% success rate with my students on those assessments. While the bulk of my career has been at the college level (undergraduate and graduate), I have had experience teaching middle and high school students, as well!
In my spare time, I enjoy reading historical novels and writing my own books and blogs. Walking helps me relax and also process what I am learning and teaching. So I love to walk near water and in the woods.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Western Washington University - Bachelor of Education, English
Graduate Degree: University of Colorado Boulder - Doctor of Philosophy, Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Reading historical novels, writing memoires and "How To Teach" books and articles, taking walks by the ocean, hiking in the woods, snow-shoeing, practicing classical guitar. I'm also starting to learn how to paint!