I am proud to be a member of the Education Department at Westminster College.
I teach the course ELL 206, English Language Learners as a requirement for all students earning education certifications. In addition I teach Educational Psychology and Teaching in High Need Schools. I also supervise the sophomore field experience and student teachers. I teach in the graduate program, instructing courses on Human Development and English Language Learners.
I graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Elementary Education with minors in TESOL and Environmental Science. My first teaching position, and still one of my favorites, was teaching ESL to 50 wonderful elementary students at Biglerville Elementary School in Adams County, Pa. When I walked into my classroom for the first time, and was given the chance to teach precious children, I knew that I would be forever captivated in becoming a better teacher for their benefit. Most of my students were either migrant, or the children of migrant workers who had traveled to Adams County to harvest apples. I believed that I learned more from them, that I could have ever taught. I would still be teaching there today, but life had other plans. When I married my husband, we moved to the State College area for both of our educations.
I completed my Master’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Children’s Literature. I also earned my ESL certification. While living in there, I taught second and third grade for Philipsburg-Osceola School district. I also had the opportunity to teach adult ESL, citizenship classes, and ESL K-12. In 2007 my husband and I moved to New Castle for his employment. I began working for Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV as a member of the training and consultation team in curriculum and instruction. I focused on providing professional development on data based decision making, reading in the content area, and ESL. I had the chance to work with many ESL teachers from our three county regions and quickly realized that was where my heart still called home.
I am currently working on my Ph.D. at New Mexico State University in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Language, Literacy and Culture. I am interested in exploring issues surrounding social justice, multilingual education, and preservice teachers. My dissertation is entitled, Teacher Narrative as Critical Inquiry: Preservice Teachers' Ideology of English Language Learners During Student Teaching. I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to teach the talented, curious, and insightful education students here at Westminster College.
I am also blessed to have a wonderful supportive husband Tom who is a biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Together we have a beautiful daughter Eme who allows me to remember what life is really all about!
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