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I am an avid learner who is thrilled with new opportunities to learn and engage in the world. I earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. I earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park. I began my teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. After teaching for a number of years, I began my work in higher education as an Assistant Professor of Education at Regent University. After earning a Ph.D., I worked in higher education at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. When I returned to Maryland I again worked for Montgomery County Public Schools where I was a Staff Development Teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. I have worked for Baltimore City Community College and Baltimore County Public Schools before coming to McDaniel. I have been blessed to be a part of the educational journey of so many students. I have learned from them as much as they have learned from me.

Education

2017
M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, McDaniel College
1998
Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Development, University of Maryland, College Park
1992
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Regent University
1988
B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Maryland, College Park
1986
B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests

  • Teacher development

  • Assessment policy

  • Curriculum innovation

Recent Courses

  • CUR 509: Monitoring and Aligning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  • CUR 512: Curriculum Analysis, Planning, and Evaluation

  • CUR 501: Curriculum Trends and Issues

Clubs and community involvement

  • Graduate Policy and Standards Committee

  • Graduate Assessment Committee

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, AERA, Division B

  • Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, University of Maryland

  • Judith Rushkin Research Award, Maryland ASCD

  • President's Award, CEASOM

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Regent University

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela