Faculty, Education
Residency Site: Plainfield VT

Biography

As a passionate educator and political scientist, I taught in pre-school through university settings over the last thirty-five years. I served as a school administrator, non-profit founder and director, and social entrepreneur. I work to promote radicalism, activism, and authentic change facilitated in collaboration with individuals and communities seeking self-determination. I have two beautiful and intelligent children, four exceptionally lovely grandchildren, and one absolutely adorable dog.

Education

PhD in Political Science and Education, Union Institute and University
MFA in Creative Writing, Goddard College
MA in Political Science, University of Colorado-Denver;
MA in Education with a Cognate in International Relations, Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver
BA in Counseling in Special Education and Social Services, University Without Walls Program, Regis University (formely Loretto Heights College)

Areas of Expertise

School Administration, Non-Profit/Organizational Development and Leadership, Social Entrepreneurialism, Participatory Action Research inclusive of Phenomenology and Portraiture, Creative Writing and Reflection in Teaching and Learning, Multiculturalism, Critical Issues in Urban Education, Experiential/Place-Based/Travel Learning,   Counseling in Special Education and Social Services, Fine Arts Writing with a focus on poetry

Personal Statement

I have been a licensed classroom teacher since 1980 with pre-K through university experience.

My undergraduate work is in Counseling in Special Education and Social Services. I hold a Professional Colorado Teacher’s License in secondary English and have taught in four states in both urban and rural areas.

In 1990, I received by my elementary and secondary school Principal’s Licenses from the University of Denver. I hold two Master of Arts degrees; the first in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in International Studies and the second in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Denver. My interdisciplinary Ph.D. is in Political Science and Education.

Currently, I serve as the Co-Executive Director of MHM Educational Service, LLC. MHM provides an array of educational services to individuals, schools, districts, community-based organizations as well as other state and local agencies. I co-direct the Teacher Institute at La Academia, an alternative teacher licensure program serving educators statewide in Colorado and am the director of the Principal Institute, a program that licenses school principals through the alternative route.

Since 2003, I have served as a teacher trainer for Lesley University’s National Initiative where I teach a variety of graduate level education courses nationwide. I have also served as an Adams State College and University of Denver adjunct instructor, developing on-site teacher training courses since 1992.

I teach graduate courses for the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver in the Literacy, Language, and Culturally Responsive Teaching program. Additionally, I have taught a variety of political science courses for Metropolitan State College of Denver and political science at the University of Colorado at Denver. Participatory Teacher Action Research remains my passion and focus.

My most recent work is in teacher resistance and activism for the purpose of transformation of self and society.