Campus High School, Haysville – 1989
Kansas State University – 1994
Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education
U.S. History, Comprehensive Social Studies, and General Science
Emporia State University – 2011
Masters of Arts in Teaching
U.S. History with an emphasis in the U.S. Constitution
Kansas State University – Current
Doctoral student in Educational Leadership
Kansas Teacher of the Year, Regional Finalist, 2020
James Madison Memorial Fellow, Class of 2005
Bill of Rights Institute, Summer Fellow, Summer 2017
AP Summer Institute, Government, and Politics, Summer 2017
AVID Training and Elective Teacher
Assorted Gilder Lehrman Seminars
Foundation for Teaching Economics
Economics of Environmental Problems
Economic Forces in American History
Economics for Leaders
Kansas Leadership Center
Lead for Change
Teaching Leadership Intensive
Youth and poverty initiatives
Leadership Coaching Intensive
Advanced Leadership Development Intensive
National Portrait Gallery Learning to Look Summer Institute
SummerJam for Butler Faculty
This is my fifth year teaching at Andover Central High School and my 25th year of teaching overall. My experience has been varied from USD #440 Halstead-Bentley to USD #261 Haysville and USD #259 Wichita prior to USD #385 Andover. Courses I teach are U.S. History, U.S. Government, AP Government and Politics and PO141 American Federal Government (dual credit government through Butler Community College).
USD 440 Halstead-Bentley, Halstead High School – 1994-1998
U.S. Government, World History
USD 261 Haysville, Campus High School – 1998-2008
U.S. History, Economics, World History, World Geography and We The People
Youth Entrepreneurs – 2008-2010
USD 259 Wichita, Curtis Middle School – 2010-2012
USD 259, Wichita, Marshall Middle School – 2012-1016
Family Engagement, 8th Grade Social Studies, and AVID Elective Teacher
USD 385 Andover, Central High School – 2016 – present
U.S. History, U.S. Government, AP Government and Politics, and PO141 American Federal Government (dual credit government through Butler Community College)
Currently, I have a dog named Toto who is a Silky Terrier and entertains me and keeps me safe!
I grew up south of Eisenhower National Airport in southwest Wichita and my parents still live in that house. I went to Haysville schools.
My one brother and his wife have two sons, both in high school. One is a freshman in college and the other is a junior in high school. They live in north Texas. I very much enjoy watching them grow into amazing young men and playing football and baseball.
In the Spring semester of 2018, I invited a young lady from Italy into my home and life as a foreign exchange student. I am now an “American Mom” and communicate regularly with her. It was a very rewarding opportunity and I am grateful for the experience.
My students are my “kids” and I invest much of who I am into them to help them become who I see they can be tomorrow, not just who they might be right now.
When I am not teaching, I am either studying for my doctorate, volunteering in the community with the Junior League of Wichita, P.E.O., Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership or supporting K-State! I love college football and have season tickets to cheer for the Cats!
I love to read historical fiction and content-related books which makes me a self-avowed Social Studies nerd who loves what I get to do everyday!!!
Family time is important to me although time is limited with my doctoral program. When I am not teaching, preparing or grading for school, I am researching and writing my dissertation. In the gaps, I like to work in my flower gardens, cook, learn Italian, hang out with friends and family and read for pleasure. My dog Toto makes sure I get some exercise as well.