A small-town farm girl from northern Michigan, I feel lucky to have seen and done things around the world. Sharing my experiences and my quest for learning define me.

Dedicated to scholarship, I hold an undergraduate degree from The University of Findlay and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Michigan University. Additionally, I have a post-baccalaureate certificate from Saginaw Valley State University and an associate degree from Mid Michigan College.

After college graduation, I enlisted in the U.S. Army. I lived and worked for almost three years in Italy. At the end of my initial enlistment, I transitioned to the Army National Guard, where I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and mobilized in defense of the National Capital Region. I retired after 20 years of service.

Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures and languages. Additionally, I like being outdoors, expanding my knowledge, and conducting genealogical research. I also have an interest in technology.


Technology Skills

To be successful in the 21st century, students need to be digitally literate. As a lead learner, it is my responsibility to know, utilize, teach, and model digital citizenship in the classroom.

While I don't consider myself a techie, friends and family often seek me out for technology advice and help. I'm knowledgeable about different types of programs and software because I'm a quick learner and not afraid to try new things.

In addition to earning multiple educational technology certifications, I'm also familiar with the following categories of web 2.0 tools.

  • ePaper and eBooks - liber.io, draftin.com, learnpub.com, scrivener, iBooks

  • Digital notebooks - Evernote, OneNote, Google Keep

  • Social bookmarking - Diigo, Delicious

  • Cloud writing apps - Google Docs, OneDrive

  • Blogging and microblogging - Twitter, Tumbler, WordPress, Blogger

  • Cloud syncing - DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive

  • Wikis - Wikispaces, pbwixi

  • Graphic organizers and mind mapping - Mindmeister, classtools.net

  • Cartoons and infographics - toondoo, Voicethread, Glogster, Canva

  • Video conferencing - Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime, Zoom

  • Video sharing and podcasting - Facebook Live, Instagram Live, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine

  • ePortfolios - Google Sites, Weebly, Wix, Tackk, WordPress

  • Presentation apps - Slideshare, Google Slides, PowerPoint, Prezi

I am experienced as a learner and/or instructor with learning management systems (LMS) and student information systems (SIS): Blackboard, Edmodo, Canvas, Focus, Moodle, PowerSchool, Schoology, and Vspace.

My business background enabled me to gain high levels of proficiency in Microsoft Office for PC and Mac platforms including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneDrive, and Outlook.

I also served as a volunteer webmaster for a historical organization and am able to create and edit websites with HTML and DHTML.

Additionally, I'm proficient in using educational technology and traditional office equipment such as tablets, mobile devices, document cameras, digital cameras, DVD player, projector, photocopier, fax machine, and scanner.

Global Competence

The modern mindset is global. Fortunately, I've had many opportunities for multicultural interactions. I've always been intrigued by people who are different from me.

Through personal and professional means, I've traveled extensively both domestically and internationally. The current count is 43 states and 13 countries.

But, my interest in diversity and other cultures doesn't end with travel. I've been fortunate enough to live abroad twice.

  • Italy. For three years, I lived and worked directly with Italians while assigned to a NATO position. The highlight of this experience was the opportunity to work with personnel from more than 10 nations. I also frequently traveled to other areas of the Italian peninsula for business (and pleasure).

  • Iraq. As part of a military deployment, I interacted daily with the local population. My section's sole responsibility was direct support of Iraqi personnel at our facility.

Additionally, I've been an active volunteer in organizations focused on other cultures.

  • Board Member for International Relations Council Mt. Pleasant Area

  • Area Representative for International Student Exchange

  • Host of high school exchange students (2 times)

  • Volunteer conversation partner for college exchange students

Along with native fluency in English, I have experience with German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Arabic. And, through work as a private tutor, I understand the special needs of English as Second Language learners.

Professional Development

Maybe you would call me a "professional student"... the preferred title is lifelong learner! I purposely seek opportunities to increase my knowledge and improve my skills both formally and informally.

It is my belief that we should all learn something new every day. As such, my goal in the classroom is to instill a love of learning in students. So, for me it is important to model what I'm hoping to inspire students to become - lifelong learners.

Some opportunities I've pursued outside of formal schooling include:

  • Global personal learning network interactions via social media

  • Online global book club participation

  • Microsoft's Hack the Classroom online conference

  • Edmodo Certified Trainer course

  • Google's Education on Air conference

  • MakerSpace Camp with The Educator Collaborative LLC

  • Learning Differences MOOC-Ed course

  • YouTube Digital Citizenship Curriculum training

  • Empower Students with Collaborative Writing Tools with Vicki Davis webinar

  • Free Primary Sources from the World Digital Library webinar

  • The Complete Guide to 20% Time in Education with A.J. Juliani

  • Smithsonian's History Explorer: OurStory and Summer Learning webinar

  • Play | Analyze | Create: Using Games in Education webinar

  • RESPONSE ABILITY Project Level 1 Facilitator training

  • Michigan Local History Conference

  • Learn Today, Teach Tomorrow Conference (3 times)

  • Making of a Mentor - Relationship Building seminar

  • Mentoring the Adolescent seminar

Honors and Awards

While I don't consider myself a perfectionist, I always try to do my best in every task I'm given. And, my hard work and merit have been recognized.

Some of my past honors and awards include:

Academic Honors

- Graduated cum laude (2 times) and with honors (1 time)

- President's List

- Dean's List

- Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

- Scholarship recipient (4 times)

Military Awards

- Meritorious Service Medal

- Joint Service Commendation Medal

- Army Commendation Medal (3 awards)

- Army Achievement Medal (5 awards)

- Certificate of Achievement and/or Appreciation (4 awards)

Real Estate Recognition

- Quality Service Award (2 awards)

- Sales Achievement Award (2 awards)

Volunteer Activities

A prominent theme in my life is service to others. By being involved in extracurricular and community activities I not only model service-learning but also demonstrate to students that I care.

I volunteer extensively and often assume leadership roles. Related experiences include:

  • Judge at the Michigan State History Day competition

  • Judge at Utah State History Day competition

  • Judge at National History Day competition

  • Volunteer genealogical researcher, helping others find information locally

  • Museum intern at the Gladwin County Historical Society, where I researched and curated an exhibit about local military history

  • Vice president and acting president of the Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society

  • Tour guide during the historic homes tour and gift store clerk for the Bay County Historical Society

  • Ride buddy for the Isabella County Commission on Aging, where I rode the city buses before and after school ensuring child safety

  • Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • Small group leader for PEAK Lights On After School Program outdoor event

  • Activity worker for the City of Mt. Pleasant’s Great Egg Scramble

  • Collegiate advisor for the Rho Delta Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity, where I mentored 70+ college women (9 years)

I served the local community through elected positions and civic appointments.

  • Chair and vice-chair of the Historic District Commission of Mount Pleasant

  • Election Inspector and Precinct Chairman for the City of Mount Pleasant

  • Precinct Delegate in the City of Mount Pleasant

  • Secretary of the Isabella County Planning Commission

I also have a magnitude of volunteer and leadership experiences related to my military service, real estate career, and social sorority activities.