Education is my passion.
I have my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, Policy, and Leadership from the University of Maryland with a specialization in Minority and Urban Education. For my dissertation I am exploring how administration programs prepare educators to be social justice leaders in their schools and communities.
At the University of Maryland, I have taught or been a teaching assistant for the courses Embracing Diversity in Classroom Communities, Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Education, Seminar in Teaching and Supervision, Urban Education, and Academic Achievement in the summer transitional program. I have been the departmental representative for the College of Education Graduate Student Organization and the chair for the Teaching, Learning, Policy, and Leadership Graduate Student Association.
I have worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Department of Education. I also worked with Oklahoma A+ Schools, providing professional development to schools focused on nurturing the creativity in every learner. In 2016 I was named the DaVinci Institute’s A+ Teacher of the Year.
For six years I taught math at Harding Fine Arts Academy in Oklahoma City. During this time I also taught Senior Capstone, coordinated the advisory program, organized New Student Orientation, and coached cheer.
I love Oklahoma, my family, summer camp, musicals, and my dog Pi.