Ed.D., Ethical Leadership, Olivet Nazarene University, 2010
M.A.T., Mathematics, University of Idaho Engineering Outreach, 2002
B.A., Mathematics and Secondary Education, College of St. Francis, 1997
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I have spent my career in the field of education, working as a Coach and Assistant Summer School Principal at a high school; as Registrar and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at a small college; as Registrar and Recertification Specialist at a professional development agency; and as Program Coordinator for Community Education at a community college. I have also developed and continue to support a database system utilized by the Minnesota Regional Centers for Excellence to facilitate their work with under-performing schools.
My research has focused on the factors that develop and change the affective relationship with mathematics (beliefs, attitudes, and emotions) of students, parents, and teachers.
My favorite course to teach is a graduate History of Mathematical Thought course that I designed for elementary education majors. I have also taught college courses such as Singapore Math Toolbox, Multiplication with Meaning, Intermediate Algebra, and Math for Elementary Teachers I. In addition to college courses, I have provided workshops and presentations on diverse areas such as Logic for Persuasive Writing, Problem-Solving with Bar Modeling, Using HOUSSE to Gain Highly Qualified Status, and several computer software trainings. You can view a demo of me teaching about duplation here.
I volunteer with community education and community events in Livingston County, primarily in Dwight and Pontiac. I am currently on the Board of the Dwight Economic Alliance and sit on the Dwight Harvest Days Committee.