2016-17 marks my first year as faculty¬†at Drake University. I am excited to serve students, faculty, and the community in the Des Moines area. Prior to working for Drake, I served as an instructional coach and elementary school teacher. I completed my PhD and Literacy Coaching Certificate through Iowa State University and hold a master’s degree and reading specialist degree from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI.

My dissertation focus was working with teachers in a professional learning community whose aim was to integrate technology into literacy instruction. My other areas of research include professional development and instructional coaching.

I currently work with undergraduate students in the areas of elementary reading, literacy assessment and instruction, and early childhood education. My passion is helping others to create meaningful literacy experiences for students and ensuring all students have access to a quality education.