About Me

After 15 years as an elementary teacher (1997-2012), and three years as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley (2012-2013 & 2015-2017), I am now an adjunct professor in the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University. I teach mathematics education courses for pre-service elementary teachers.

I earned my PhD in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in December 2017. The  title of my doctoral dissertation is Contradictions and Control: Michigan Elementary Teachers' Lived Experiences of Legislated Teacher Evaluation. This study is a qualitative, multiple case phenomenology that describes the lived experiences of Michigan elementary teachers in traditional public schools as they experienced the phenomenon of having their performance evaluated under this state-legislated teacher evaluation policy. It's purpose was to understand the meanings they ascribed to the phenomenon, synthesize the meanings, and describe the essences of their experiences.

In addition to teaching at GVSU, as Co-Owner of Whole Bean Learning, LLC, I develop and facilitate customized professional development in mathematics education for Pre-K-20+ educators and provide contract Cognitive Coaching.

Courses Taken for Educational Specialist, Curriculum & Instruction Cognate

Course Proposal for EDL 770

Activity Log for EDL 770