I’m a 4th-generation educator within a family of teachers. Twenty years ago, I decided to follow in my family’s footsteps. I received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Colorado State University. I then pursued a master’s in art education from the University of Georgia with emphasis in language acquisition through visual arts. I became certified in gifted education and English as a second language. Because of my family’s legacy and my own commitment to education, I have immense hope in it, and an intense desire to see teachers’ working conditions improved.
I’ve presented over 20 workshops on gifted education, fine arts, language arts, language acquisition, and teacher wellness both in the US and Canada. One of my recent presentations, Shifting Gears: Lighten Your Assessment Load in Language Arts, presented in Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge over the past three years, received overwhelmingly positive feedback and gratitude from educators (and was the impetus for writing Teaching Well.)
In addition to Teaching Well, my writing has been published in Canada and the US. Please Do Not was published in Free Fall Magazine and received Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Amber Bowerman prize for emerging writer. I’m also a published children’s book illustrator and my artwork has been displayed in venues internationally. I’m the founder and creator of Purple Semicolon, a social media platform for language art teachers with over 1,000 followers.