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.
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.

Bradley University
Geology Faculty
Peoria, IL
Aug 2016 - Present
Illinois State University
Instructional Designer in STEM Education
Normal, 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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