About + CV


Professionally: I am thrilled to be teaching college courses in teacher education. In addition to teaching social studies in a few different high school contexts, I hold a BA in Philosophy, a teaching certificate in Social Studies & Sociology, and an MA in Teaching & Curriculum. Currently, I’m nearing the end of my PhD with MSU’s College of Education; successfully defending my practicum and passing my comprehensive exams.IMG_0710

I’m broadly interested in how social studies and teacher education intersects with digital media, media literacy, and the diverse worldviews we hold. Specifically, my research interests focus on how aesthetics are incorporated in the humanities; teaching by utilizing affect in order to connect the head & the heart. Further, I’m motivated by seeing young teachers grow into their roles as critical and creative educators who ooze excellence, confidence, and sincerity.

Personally: I’m a Michigander who enjoys spending time with my family, reading ‘heady stuff’, music, playing & watching basketball, historical film/television, and being outside.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but few think of changing themselves” – Leo Tolstoy

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something” – Plato

Semper Discentes,


CV Below


  • Phd in Curriculum, Instruction, & Teacher Education (CITE program) — Michigan State University, Currently Enrolled: 5th year student — Projected graduation date, December ‘19
  • Master’s Degree in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC program) — Michigan State University, 2016
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification in Secondary Social Studies & Sociology — Michigan State University, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, 2006 — Michigan State University  —Major: Philosophy Cognates: History & Sociology


Graduate Education at Michigan State University

Teacher Preparation — TE 801 & TE 803: Profesional Roles & Practices — 2018-2019 School Year (Instructor of Record)

Teacher Preparation — TE 501 & 502: Field Instruction of Secondary Interns — 2017-2018 School Year (Instructor of Record) — 2011-2012 School Year (Instructor of Record)

Undergraduate Education at Michigan State University

Instructor, TE 404: Teaching Social Studies for Elementary Teachers — 2018 Fall Semester (Instructor of Record)

Instructor, TE 407-408: Teaching Subject Matter to Diverse Learners — Secondary Education, Social Studies Methods — 2016-2017 School Year (Instructor of Record) — 2012-2013 School Year (Instructor of Record) — 2011-2012 School Year (Instructor of Record)

Instructor, TE 409 Teaching Minor Lab in History & Economics (Instructor of Record) — 2011-2012 School Year (Instructor of Record)

Instructor, TE 409 Teaching Minor Lab in Sociology & Psychology — 2019 Winter Semester(Instructor of Record)

Instructor, TE 409 Teaching Minor Lab in History, Economics, Geography, & Civics — 2017 Winter Semester (Instructor of Record)

Secondary Education

Holt Central High School  — Social Studies Teacher (Economics, World History, US History, & e2020 Lab Instructor)

Okemos High School   — Social Studies (AP World & AP US History, World & US History, Government, Economics, & Street Law)

Holt Ninth Grade Campus —  E2020 Summer School Program Lab

Internships at Everett High School & Williamston High School — Social Studies (US History & AP US History, Economics)

Substitute Teacher w/PESG

Teacher Quality, Program Improvement

Assessment of Progress (AoP) — Synthesizing/Interpreting Common Assessment Data & Rubric — 2018 Summer Semester

  • Reviewed & organized data for year-end assessments for colleges seniors in elementary, secondary, and special education
  • Sifted through performance data on 23 common items to determine points of strength and weakness for program development

Teacher Preparation Program (PPA) — Pre-Internship Practicum Assessment Project — 2018 Summer Semester

  • Content validation process for the pre-internship field-based assessment tools for elementary and secondary seniors
  • Assessed & organized mentor-teacher feedback and generated reports for program improvement and continuity

Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) — Project Developing Student-Teacher Observation Tool — 2017-2018 School Year

  • Designed & piloted observation tool for assessing teacher candidates
  • Analyzed data from assessments, generated reports for MSU’s College of Education


  • “Teaching Discernment in Times of Fake News & Echo Chambers” — Poster Presentation in Chicago, IL National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference (November, 2018)
  • “Professional Excellence: Teaching Like A Boss” — (Encore) Presentation — Michigan State University’s “Opening Day Institute” for Interns & Mentors (August, 2018)
  • “Teaching With and About Digital Media: A Case Study of Young Teachers & Media Literacy” — Conference Presentation Speaker + Q & A — 10th Annual Graduate Academic Conference in East Lansing, MI (February, 2018)
  • “Citizenship, Media, & Environmental Discourse” — Guest Lecture + Q & A — Community Sustainability 310: History of Environmental Thought and Sustainability at Michigan State University (February, 2018)
  • “Questions, Questioning Strategies, & Discussions” — Guest Lecture — Teacher Education 802: Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I at Michigan State University (October, 2017)
  • “Media Literacy’s Absence in History Textbooks” — Conference Presentation of Research Paper — National Council for the Social Studies (CUFA Forum) in San Francisco (November, 2017)
  • “Professional Excellence: Teaching Like A Boss” — Presentation — Michigan State University’s “Opening Day Institute” for Interns & Mentors (August, 2017)
  • “Foreign Policy According to Kidd Rock” — Poster Presentation in Seattle, WA — National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference (November, 2012)
  • “Teaching with Media and For Media Literacy” — Lecture — Michigan State University’s “I Am A Teacher” Expo (March, 2012)


  • Practicum Project: Teaching With and About Digital Media, Spring-Summer 2017 — Description: Qualitative Case Study of Secondary Social Studies Teachers — Supervisor: Dr. Avner Segall
  • Master’s Thesis Research: Is Media Literacy Taught in Cold War Texts?, Summer 2015 —Description: An Investigation of Secondary Social Studies Teachers — Supervisor: Dr. Paul Kurf
  • Summer Research Project: Teaching for Critical Thinking, Summer 2012 — Description: Interviews of Secondary Social Studies Teachers — Supervisor: Dr. Avner Segall
  • Various Docent Research Group Projects: 2009 – 2016 — Areas: Qualitative Cultural, Historical, & Theological Research — Supervisor: Dr. Glenn Lucke — Description: Providing research briefs, developing curricula, and projects for clients across the U.S. Tasks include communicating with other researchers, producing written reports, historical and genealogical work, and generating content for reports, articles, and sermons.


  • Recipient of the Dickson Award for Research on Innovative Technologies in Learning Scholarship (2018-19)
  • Recipient of College of Education Teacher Endowed Scholarship (2016)
  • Winner of College of Education Research Development Fellowship (Summer 2012)
  • Commencement Speaker, MSU’s College of Education (May 2009)
  • Recipient of Janice Marston Scholarship (2008-2009)
  • Multiple Semesters on Dean’s & President’s List


  • Council of Graduate Students: Student Food Bank Committee (2017-2018)
  • Reviewer for CUFA Grad Forum Conference Proposals (Summer 2017)
  • Graduate Student Mentor for MSU’s Phd Program (2017-18 & 2012-13)
  • Director of Kids Hope USA Mentoring Project for At-Risk Students in Lansing (2016-2018)
  • Developed class site: Critical Social Educator with links & resources for teachers
  • Secretary of the Board for the REO Town Commercial Association (2013-2015)
  • Planted urban church in REO Town corridor of Lansing, MI (2013)
  • Launched the “REO Grand Urban Garden Project” in City of Lansing (Spring, 2015)
  • Coaching: Varsity Track (Holt High) & JV Basketball (Lansing Everett High)
  • Lead multiple trips to Mexico to build orphanages & work with orphans