I am a Minnesota licensed K-12 ESL teacher and experienced teacher educator. I started my career teaching high school Spanish and English in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After earning a Masters of Education degree at the University of Minnesota, I went on to teach elementary ESL in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public School districts. I began my work in teacher education at the University of Minnesota in 2004, where I taught a course for mainstream teachers titled Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners in the Mainstream. During that time, I also assisted the Second Language Education faculty in the management of a multi-million dollar Title III grant. Most recently, I worked in educational non-profits, serving as a program director and executive director. During that time, I gained extensive experience writing, managing, budgeting for, and reporting on private, corporate, and government grants.
I have presented at local and national professional conferences on the topic of peer coaching and professional development for mainstream teachers who work with English learners. I am currently working on my doctorate degree in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California and serve as the director for the English Learners in the Mainstream (ELM) Project at Hamline University.
My research interests include teacher leadership, peer instructional coaching, teacher identity, and organizational change management.
I offer support to schools, districts, colleges, universities and other educational organizations that empowers administrators and teachers to better support student learning.