I earned my MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. Before that, I received my BA from University of Central Missouri. I graduated from both schools with honors.
Before I went into teaching, I wrote for magazines, newspapers, and a publishing company. I also published poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and 5 full-length books.
But I really missed being in the classroom, so 4 years ago, I started to substitute teach. I taught every grade from K to 12.
I wanted to understand how language was presented to students from an early age and how to reach each pupil using the best possible didactic for their specific needs. I eventually taught 9th and 12th grade Literature and Composition full time.
While I was working in different schools during the day, I was tutoring at night. I tutored Chinese senior citizens preparing for their citizenship exams, parents from Mexico learning English to set a good example for their children, and I even tutored tax preparation to people courageously changing careers later in life.
It was during this time, and the months that followed, I tutored at Sylvan, focusing on test prep and college application essays. I also helped HS seniors and those just starting out in college with some of their writing challenges.
I now teach at the college level. I love learning from my students every day, and I fall more and more in love with language and what it can do to mend broken hearts, resolve conflicts, and mitigate loneliness.
I truly believe no one should feel they are "bad" at language. Therefore, I strive to find ways to foster curiosity, because if the student is curious and having fun, he or she will naturally want to improve and seek out opportunities to grow.
I will continue gleaning wisdom from my students and striving to improve my pedagogy each day I'm able to make teaching my occupation, my delight, my honor.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Missouri - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: Lindenwood University - Master of Fine Arts, Writing, General
Playing with my granddaughter Reading Performing stand-up comedy Writing Doing things that scare me (holding snakes, sky diving, repairing my computer, bungie jumping, etc.) Crocheting Eating cake
Basic Computer Literacy
CLEP College Composition
CLEP College Composition Modular
CLEP English Literature
College Level American Literature
COMPASS Writing Skills
Elementary School English
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
IB Literature and Performance
IB Mathematical Studies
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning
Middle School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
PCAT Verbal Ability
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Coding