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.
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.
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.
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.
Additionally, I've been an active volunteer in organizations focused on other cultures.
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.
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:
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:
- 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)
- 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)
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:
I served the local community through elected positions and civic appointments.
I also have a magnitude of volunteer and leadership experiences related to my military service, real estate career, and social sorority activities.