I bet you can find me ...

... the only blonde person in this photo, which was taken in 1984 in Shishmaref, Alaska. I was enjoying a goofy moment with some of my 9th-graders, and had no idea at the time how much my one year of teaching in that small Inuit village would change the trajectory of my life. Those youngsters initiated me into what it means to be a real teacher. I was so new to the profession, and didn’t have much of a clue about what I was doing!  My students taught me WAY more than I taught them. Their influence sparked a desire in me to crack the code to becoming a great teacher. I’ve spent my career learning how to do that, and now can offer that “code” to you.   


It's all about RELATIONSHIPS

As a teacher or trainer, I bet you went through one or more degree or certification programs to learn your craft and gain access to job opportunities. You've invested a significant amount of money, energy, and time, and you have to KEEP taking courses or workshops to maintain your status, right?

But where do you go to gain the skills for YOU to continue growing and prospering as an adult who teaches or trains others?

While you're getting training in the 'What' and the 'How' of your particular industry, where can you turn to cultivate 'YOU' as the ever-evolving human being you are (and want to be)? 


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I've had the honor of teaching and mentoring thousands of adults from all ages and backgrounds in K-12 classrooms, as well as college and university programs. I have also consulted with teachers and trainers in private industries. I love what I do, and want to keep giving to people like you. 


Academic Program Director ~ 2005-2017

Teacher Education Outreach Programs, Bremerton

Western Washington University

Responsible for overall management and compliance of K-8 Teacher Certification program (BA Elementary Education, Special Education Major). 

  • Directed all school placements and documentation for teacher candidates' practicum and internship experiences
  • Recruited and trained field supervisors
  • Central point of contact between WWU and schools & businesses on the Kitsap Peninsula
  • Created school partnerships to advance STEM training for teacher candidates


  • Western Washington University (2002-2017), Teacher Education Outreach Programs
  • Naropa University, Boulder (2000-2013), Masters in Contemplative Education
  • University of Colorado, Boulder (1997-2002), School of Education & Graduate Teacher Program
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato (1993-1997), Women's Studies & Education Foundations



Lesson Planning and Curriculum Design

Classroom Management

Foundations of Education

Social Justice Issues in Education

Teacher Performance Assessment (required for state certification).

Professional Conduct Seminars 

Professional Degrees

  • PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder  ~ Social Foundations of Education, Policy, and Practice 
  • MS, Minnesota State University at Mankato ~ Women’s Studies 
  • BA Education, Western Washington University ~ Secondary English and Teacher Certification

For more information about my professional background and areas of expertise, feel free to visit me on LinkedIn!


I've had the pleasure (and the pain) of publishing! Some of my favorites are listed here:

CHAPTER in The Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Emerging Theory, Research, and Programs (Co-authored with Richard Brown and Lee Worley, 2016)

"Embodied Presence: Contemplative Teacher Education at Naropa University"

CHAPTER in R. Kissen (Ed.), Getting ready for Benjamin: Preparing teachers for sexual diversity (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002)

"Getting to the Heart of Teaching for Diversity."

ARTICLE in Educational Leadership (Vol 59, No. 1, 2001) 

"Creating the Space to Learn."