B.A., Western Colorado University, English with Secondary Teaching Licensure, 2006
M.A., Adams State University, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, 2010
Born and raised in Detroit, I traveled extensively before settling down in Gunnison, where my husband and I (both Western alums) have raised both of our children. After exploring far and wide, I landed in Colorado where I fell in love with the mountain lifestyle. My daughter, Lydia, will attend Fort Lewis College this fall and my son, Sam, plays every sport he can find. I taught at Gunnison High School for 12 years and we own a small granite countertop company. This spring I took over as the Director of Educator Preparation and I am very excited for this new phase of my career.
How did you discover Western?
I found Western because I was already living in the Rocky Mountains and was looking for a beautiful place to live, raise a family and reach my goals.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
Recipient of 2014 IREX Teaching Fellowship and spent three weeks in Colombia learning about their school systems and government. Received Coach of Premier Distinction from the National Speech and Debate Association Created LULAC at Gunnison High School, a minority leadership organization Presented Master’s thesis at Baltimore Symposium of Anthropological Studies, Baltimore MD
What most excites you about your field?
As Horace Mann said, “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance wheel of the social machinery.” I believe wholeheartedly that high quality, free, public K-12 education is the cornerstone of our democracy and institution in our society that is the most poised to make meaningful and lasting change. There is much work to be done to create a more just and wise society and the education of our young people is the path forward.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
Everything! The mountains, the people, the rivers, canyons and the deep sense of community that just doesn’t exist very many other places.