I will be a student as long as there is something new to learn – I have great interest in the arts, the sciences, and the application of technology to solving problems.  I have learned enough to earn certification in the areas of visual art, business/marketing/management, computer applications, general science, gifted education, health education, language arts, and social science.

Eastern Illinois University
M. A. in Community Arts
Charleston, IL
In Progress
Western Illinois University
M. S. in Instructional Design & Technology
Macomb, IL
June 2016
Eastern Illinois University
B. S. Ed. in Elementary Education
Charleston, IL
Dec 2009

Current Engagements
I have recently transitioned from middle school education to higher education, and I am currently serving as the instructor for an upper-level business technology course as well as three general geology courses.  Through my e-Commerce course, students are engaged with every step of developing a business from scratch before launching an online presence for their business.  In my geology courses, students use a variety of hands-on and visual formats to broaden their understanding of the earth and its history.
While my core focus is in higher education, I also work with teens at Pekin's community arts center and work with students in grades K-8 through an earth science outreach program with the Peoria Academy of Science. I have also taught in my roles as Master Naturalist and 4-H volunteer, including workshops in 3D design, filmmaking, video game design, geology, reproducible art, and the culinary arts.

Illinois State University
Technology Faculty, STEM Curriculum Developer
Normal, IL
Aug 2016 - Present
Bradley University
Adjunct Geology Faculty
Peoria, IL
Aug 2016 - Present
Pekin Academy of Fine Arts
Program Director, Teen Art Instructor
Pekin, IL
Nov 2015 - Present
Peoria Academy of Science Geology Section
Traveling Earth Science Educator
Peoria, IL
Oct 2015 - Present
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