Teaching

As a teacher educator, I believe that my role is to help future teachers consider how to teach in socially just and equitable ways. Across my teaching, I have students focus on relationships between their own identities and issues of power in schooling and societies in order to help them to learn (and unlearn) the ways we have been socialized to believe certain things about individuals and groups.

I also believe that future teachers need to have a clear understanding of how their own identities (such as race, gender, class, and sexuality), intersect with power within schools and society. Through my teaching, I find ways for students to critically investigate their identities and lived experiences through the lenses of power and opportunity in relation to schools and teaching. 

Finally, I believe that I am constantly growing as an educator alongside my students. Freire’s (1993) concept of humanization drives my instruction. That is, like my students, I am in a constant state of becoming, and I continuously interrogate my multiple identities and their relation to the power I have at the front of the classroom.

 

University Teaching Experience

Michigan State University

TE 807: Professional Development & Inquiry (Masters--Online), Fall 2018

TE 825: Diverse Learners and Learning Subject Matter (Masters--Online), Summer 2017

TE 250: Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions, Spring 2017; Fall 2016; Spring 2016

TE 501 & 502: Internship in Teaching Diverse Learners, 2016-17; 2015-16

 TE 352: Immigration Language & Culture, Fall 2014; Fall 2015

Western New Mexico University

EDUC 503: Action Research, Fall 2012; Spring 2013; Fall 2013; Spring 2014

EDUC 570: Elementary Methods and Curriculum, Spring 2014

EDUC 505/507: Exploratory Field Experience, Fall 2013; Fall 2012

EDUC 536: Classroom Management, Fall 2013; Spring 2013

EDUC 573: Elementary Methods and Curriculum II, Spring 2013

EDUC 572: Elementary and Curriculum I, Fall 2012

K-12 Teaching Supervision

Michigan State University

Field Instructor, 2016-17; 2015-16

As a field instructor, I was responsible for supervising 7 elementary student teaching interns during their year-long internship in three schools across two years.  

Western New Mexico University

Director of Field Experience, 2013-14; 2012-13

I was responsible for observing alternative certification teachers in their classroom placements as part of their MAT program requirements. I was responsible for 19 teachers in grades K-12 across two years. 

K-12 Teaching Experience

Gallup-McKinley County Schools,  

4th & 5th grade teacher, Indian Hills Elementary, Gallup, NM, 2008-2012

United States Peace Corps   

1st-6th grade English teacher, San Jose de Buena Vista, Antique, Philippines, 2006-2008

The Quarry Lane School   

K-5 After School & Summer Camp Coordinator, Pleasanton, CA, 2004-2006

Gratiot-Isabella RESD                                                                                                   

9th-12th grade German Teacher, Ithaca, MI, 2002-2004

  • German I
  • German II