About Me

I teach college-level English composition courses, developmental English composition, IVCC’s creative writing course, and the occasional literature course at IVCC both face-to-face and online. When I finished my undergrad and began graduate school, my goal was to return to and teach in the community college (cc) environment because I love being part of the many layers and needs a cc provides its surrounding community. There is no only place to find a student body with such diverse interests, needs, life goals, which is part of the reason I also make consistent good faith efforts to make my course materials and resources accessible to all learners, despite learning or physical difficulties.

I have been teaching full-time at IVCC since January 2014 and have taught part-time since 2010. I moved to Illinois from Phoenix, Arizona and am originally from West Michigan.

Degrees and Certificates

Master of Arts in creative writing, Eastern Michigan University
Bachelor of Arts in creative writing, Grand Valley State University
Associate of Science and Art, Muskegon Community College
Working toward a Master Online Teacher certificate through University of Illinois

IVCC and Community Participation

Assessment Committee
Disability Services Committee
Dual-enrollment Committee
River Currents Faculty Sponsor
Teaching and Learning Committee
IFT Local 1810 Executive Board Member
IATE High School Poetry & Prose prose contest coordinator
2017 Big 12 Literary Festival poetry judge
Assistant Editor, Narrative Magazine, 2009-present

Past IVCC Committee Participation

Information Literacy Taskforce, Dec 2015-May 2016
Student Course Feedback Taskforce, Dec 2015-May 2016
Orientation Taskforce, Dec 2015-present
Systems Portfolio Committee, Aug 2014-Jan 2015

Past Committee and Community Involvement

Muskegon Community College Assessment Committee, 2010-2012
Muskegon Writers Center member, 2010-2012
West Michigan Concert WINDS board member, 2012

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