Affiliated Departments or Programs
- B.A., Emporia (Kan.) State University
- M.A., Emporia State University
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What are your favorite courses to teach? Why are they favorites? What do you like about them?
I love teaching college writing because I think it is one of the most important classes for all students to take. There are so many preconceptions about our ability to write, and this class allows me to help students explore where they are. We delve into complicated topics, try new forms of writing, and broaden our horizons together.
How has your background and educational experience shaped you as a teacher?
When I first graduated from university, I was not sure about the path I was going to take. I began my graduate studies skeptical of my purpose, but knowing that I loved my subject. My first teaching assistant position really prepared me for where I am today. I began teaching College Writing without a lot of support and direction. I had to go into that classroom and learn how to teach. I found my love for this subject and my drive moving forward in those classrooms. I struggled, I met with opposition and I really had to work on classroom management, but I am stronger for it. I have worked in several different environments since then. My time in Colorado exposed me to so many different types of students. Working for Colorado Mountain College fostered my curiosity about English Language Learners and how they are supported in our current system. I worked with students who were just out of high school, working in the oil fields, and coming back from years away. I met students who had dropped out of high school, had families and full time jobs, and were going back to school for new careers. All of these perspectives taught me there is more to the student story. Relating to each student’s lives helps them to learn more effectively.
Who are your role models or mentors? How have they influenced you/your life/your faith/your approach to teaching and/or your discipline?
I have been fortunate to have a variety of role models in my life. My professors in college helped shape me into the scholar and teacher that I am today. Dr. Patton, one of my hardest teachers, taught me to embrace my interests and tackle the hard subjects. Dr. Kendrick helped me discover my love for Shakespeare and how to be passionate about any subject, no matter what the students’ interest levels might be.