Social justice, equity, and inclusion are extremely important to me. It is a common thread through my teaching, research, service, and leadership. I believe that teachers, educators, health professionals, and industry partners have the opportunity to drive change in this world and that it is our mission to do so.
One of my biggest goals is to do my part to help our students to confront their biases, grow as human beings, and to leave our institution with the tools they need to be successful. I am especially committed to doing my part to diversify the teaching workforce and to prepare our teachers to teach ALL students. I want them to understand that what they teach, how they teach it, what they include and exclude, all have an impact on students. This is especially true in the teaching and learning of mathematics, my academic home. I want to encourage and influence future teachers and current teachers to teach mathematics for proficiency, to increase the number of underrepresented groups into the STEM fields.
Ph.D. in Education, Oklahoma State University, 2009
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix, 2003
B.S. in Elementary Education, Oklahoma State University, 2000