My primary research interest focuses on educational reform. How can we improve the educational system to increase student engagement and motivation? How do we teach to the mind, body and spirit? How do we develop future teachers and allied professionals to be successful and resilient in high-risk, demanding vocations? I am passionate about the critical role leadership development plays in fostering a more just and humane world. My teaching philosophy draws from best practices in teacher education, neuroscience, somatics, experiential education and mindfulness. Current explorations include how experiences in Nature impact vocational discernment, mindful leadership and an ethic of care. I am a certified SkyHorse Equine Guided Educator and hope to bring this powerful methodology to Child Studies students and practicing teachers. EGE has been used to improve personal awareness, communication, trust and leadership skills. In my spare time I enjoy scouting new trails with my golden retriever, photography, backpacking, reading, writing and public speaking.
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Curriculum and Instruction, 2001.
M.A. University of Colorado-Boulder. Educational Instruction and Curriculum, 1993.
B.A. University of Colorado-Boulder. Honors English, 1988 and Teaching Credential.
Harvard Kennedy School of Government - Executive Education Program: The Art and Practice of Leadership Development, 2008.
Rockwood Leadership Institute - The Art of Leadership, Hollyhock Educational Centre, Cortes Island, B.C.2014.
Strozzi Institute for Leadership Mastery - Certified Somatic Leadership Coach, 2009.
Equine Guided Educator, SkyHorse Ranch, Point Arena, California, 2015.
EAGALA - Equine Assisted Growth and Learning certified trainer, 2015.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics - Author of the Middle School Character Based Literacy Program (multi-year project for justice engaged youth) 2003-2006.
Additional SCU Affiliations -Ethics Center Scholar- Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, 2006 to present.