- Graduate Certificate, Human Development and Learning, Ball State University
- MS, Special Education, University of North Dakota
- BS, Interdisciplinary Studies, Maranatha Baptist University
- Behavior Management (Exc 453)
- Introduction to Education (Ed 100)
- Materials & Methods: Mild Disabilities (Exc 322)
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to teach. I consider it my calling to come alongside and disciple my students to “be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV). In light of this, I view my classroom as a safe space where my students have the freedom to grow, learn, and even make mistakes (which is sometimes our greatest teacher). We learn from each other, in an atmosphere of grace, respect, and encouragement, always trusting God for the outcome.
My education and experiences in the field have been diverse. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Education through Liberty University, where I am thoroughly enjoying back “in” the classroom again! Previously, I completed a Master of Special Education as well as a post-graduate certificate in Human Learning and Development. I’ve been in Christian higher education for the past twelve years, in both teaching and student support roles. I have also had multiple experiences in K-12 private and public schools throughout the years. Here at BJU, I teach Introduction to Education, where my goal is to help students commit to becoming biblically grounded educators and recognize the inherent value of the field. I also enjoy teaching multiple classes in the special education major, where we emphasize that all humans are image-bearers of God, and thus are capable of learning. I truly count it a privilege to teach here at BJU – we have the best faculty and students around!
I have been married to my husband, Jeff, for 25 years, and we are blessed with one adult daughter, two adult sons, one daughter-in-law, and a dog named Scout. When I am not in the classroom, I love to spend time with my family, cook/bake/feed a crowd, go to the beach, sit by the pool, play strategy games, act in/direct/attend live theater, stay active in my local church, and speak at various ladies’ events – among many other things.
Whenever you’re on campus, please feel free to stop by my office to chat or drop in on one of my classes – I would love to get to know you personally!