I hold a PhD in English Education from Illinois State University, a master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi, and a certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Illinois. I am also an IDOL alum (woot woot!).
I’m passionate about pop culture, folk/bluegrass music, 90s feminist rock, early 00s hip-hop, financial literacy, reading, adolescent literacy, equity in education, DEI, neurodiversity, disability studies, gardening, new technologies, gaming, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe – in no particular order.
I love creating learning experiences that help learners to apply their new skills in their own lives and work environments. In my work as an instructional designer/project manager at a statewide technical college, our team is doing some really cool things, including moving 700+ courses to an online/hybrid PBE model. I also do some contract work, and I’d love to chat with you about how I might be able to help you with your projects.
Seven Semi-Random Facts about Me:
- I used to take students to Jamaica every winter for a month of international immersion. We were happy to trade a -60° windchill for sunny skies and time with Jamaican friends.
- Live music gives me life. When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time listening to my dad’s folk/bluegrass band rehearse in our basement from my perch on the stairs. As an adult, I surround myself with music today — 90s hip-hop, alternative, and acoustic folk artists get heavy rotation on my playlists.
- I read a lot – usually at least 20 books every month. And I organize my books in a rainbow. I’m that person.
- The first national conference that I presented at was the Popular Culture Association, where I talked about the intersections of hip-hop, race, and education. Pieces of that talk made it into my dissertation and have influenced a solid chunk of my academic writing, as well.
- All of my animals have been named after literary/musical references. Marley (the grey kitty in the shark costume above) is named after Bob Marley and Marley’s ghost in A Christmas Carol because he was a Christmas baby. Roxy (white paws, just hanging out on my laptop) is named after Roxane Gay and The Police’s “Roxanne,” and she is my very small, part-Maine Coon kib with a very big personality.
- I lived by a little lake outside of town for a few years in Wisconsin, and I’ve been chasing that dream of lakehouse living ever since. Someday I’m going to live on the water again. It’s going to happen.
- One of my favorite crafty things to do is snarky cross-stitch. Full stop.
For more information about my professional background, check out my resume.