Associate Professor of Education
- Ed.D. Northern Illinois University
- M.A. Northern Illinois University
- B.S. Illinois State University
In the fall of 2010, I joined the Education Department at Alaska Pacific University. APU’s active learning focus and the cultural confluence offered in Alaska’s schools and communities is what drew me to Anchorage. Prior to relocating to Alaska, I taught in public schools in northern Illinois at many age and grade levels, in both special and regular education. I also served as a reading specialist in Downers Grove, near Chicago, for five years.
I earned my doctorate in reading from Northern Illinois University. My research has focused on ways to provide support for struggling readers and writers. Another focus of interest and study is that of assessment. In 1992, my doctoral dissertation won the Outstanding Research Award, presented by the NIU Alumni Council. I have written articles and presented at many state, national, and international conferences on education and literacy instruction. In addition, I have facilitated several school district workshops and trainings.
For ten years just prior to coming to APU, I taught in the Teacher Education Department at the University of Wisconsin – Superior. At UWS, I coordinated the undergraduate reading/language arts minor and the master’s degree in K-12 reading. I was also the director of student teaching. For the state reading association, WSRA, I was honored to serve as the Managing Editor for all publications of the Wisconsin State Reading Association for several years.
In my spare time, I love to read (no surprise there!) and to learn about Alaska. My passions include dogs and dogsledding!