Go Jaguars! I am delighted to have the opportunity to return
to my alma mater and be a part of the great things that are taking place here
on campus! I love teaching at GSU as we have such a diverse student population.
The varied population contributes to very lively in-classroom discussions.
Regardless to the age, educational background or ethnicity of my students it is
truly an honor and privilege to engage them and facilitate learning.
It was here at GSU as a student in a lab course that my
interest in working with young infants and toddlers developed! In that class I
realized that this was my true passion. So over the last 14 years I dedicated
myself to serving young children and their families. My past role includes early
childhood educator (IL certified teacher), early intervention developmental
therapist, evaluator, director, family engagement specialist and professional
development advisor. My primary areas of expertise are parent engagement,
infant mental health and professional development for center-based early
Civic and community engagement are essential to the College
of Education mission of developing “real world professionals.” Each semester I
incorporate service-learning opportunities into my classroom to ensure that
students have meaningful experiences. To date the most rewarding community
service project that my students and I have participated in is “Rebuilding
Together.” This major community service project allowed GSU students an
opportunity to adopt a family and make needed repairs and or improvements to
their home to ensure warmth, safety and sustainability. The smiles of the
homeowners and working my students to give back to others were priceless!