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.

M. A. in Art Education
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL
July 2017
M. S. in Instructional Design & Technology
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL
May 2016
B. S. Ed. in Elementary Education
Eastern Illinois University
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 several 100- and 300-level geology courses. In my geology courses, students use a variety of hands-on and visual formats to broaden their understanding of the earth, its history, and how human interactions affect the environment at large.
I have also taught a 300-level e-Commerce course, where students were engaged in every step of developing a business from scratch before launching an online presence for their business.
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
Instructional Designer in STEM Education,
  Adjunct Technology Faculty

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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