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I believe that teaching and learning are interrelated. This belief connects my work as a professor, researcher, writer, and presenter while also guiding my reflections. As a professor at the University of Mary Washington, I believe it is my role to support each student in every class and throughout the program to advance their personal quest to become an educator in today’s schools. Ultimately, each student has a personal journey of self-discovery and a personal responsibility. As educators, we continually make this journey throughout our careers. My role, in each of my classrooms, is to help provide a platform for students to better understand and act on this journey.

My classes are founded on social constructivism, brain-based learning, and the process of inquiry. My goal for each class is to continually develop and promote a community of learners in which all students feel safe, confident to share and learn from one another, and teach one another. This includes, but is not limited to, listening to a variety of views and beliefs and at the same time critically considering how each view might best influence one’s own teaching practice.

I also believe it is my responsibility to encourage students to look outside of themselves, by connecting with other life-long learners and to continually improve as a learner and a teacher. I encourage my students to actively reflect on their own learning, revise, and expand their own learning throughout the semester, their program, and into their professional careers as educators within our schools.

I work at UMW because my values of community, diversity, and equity as well as my beliefs about the freedom to learn are at the core of my personal beliefs about teaching and learning. These values are at the center of the University’s mission as well as the mission of the College of Education. You can read this on each Syllabus within the College of Education and on the UMW Web site. See https://www.umw.edu/about/our-mission/ and https://education.umw.edu/deans-office/mission-statement/

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COURSES TAUGHT

Curriculum & Instruction / Foundations of Education / Classroom Management

  • EDCI 500, Teaching and the Development of the Learner (Educational Psychology)
  • EDCI 506, Foundations of American Education
  • EDCI 517, Educational Goals and Practices: Secondary School
  • EDCI 519, Managing Classroom Environment – Elementary
  • EDCI 521, Managing Classroom Environment – Middle and Secondary Grades
  • EDUC 388, Managing an Elementary Classroom
  • TESL 514 Cross Cultural Education

Instructional Technology

  • INDT 501, Instructional Technologies
  • INDT 521, Information Literacy in the Digital Age
  • INDT 522, Distributed Learning and Collaboration
  • INDT 530, Instructional Design
  • INDT 531, Emerging and Assistive Technologies
  • INDT 545, Organizational Leadership in Educational Technology
  • INDT 547, Special Topics in Instructional Design and Technology
  • ITEC 520, Assessment and Evaluation (no longer offered)
  • ITEC 546, Administration and Management of Initiatives in Education (no longer offered)

Educational Research

  • EDCI 589, Applied Research
  • EDCI 580, Introduction to Research
  • EDCI 590, Individual Research
  • EDUC 530, Masters Research

Teacher Preparation

  • EDCI 550, Field Mentorship
  • EDCI 551, Field Internship
  • EDUC 540, Initial Licensure Internship
  • EDUC 536, Advanced Pedagogy Internship

Freshman Seminar

  • FSEM 100L4 So You Want to Be a Teacher
  • FSEM 100L4 Learning with Inquiry