Associate Professor of Education
Education, College of Arts and Sciences
Started at Bethel
- Ashland University - B.S. in Education, 1980
- University of Northern Iowa - M.A. in Reading, 1987
- Nova Southeastern University - Ed.D. in Higher Education, 2005
Areas of expertise
My expertise is in Literacy for K-2 children and Kindergarten education. I am passionate about working with teacher candidates as they learn to teach young children in developmentally, active, and creative ways. My research interest is the importance of play in children's school experience.
I have been a teacher for 33 years! The first 15 years were as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Iowa. The remaining years have been here at Bethel University in the Education department. I have been married for 27 years and we have 4 children. Two have attended and graduated from Bethel, one is currently a Bethel student, and the 4th will be a senior in high school in the fall of 2015.
- Introduction to the Liberal Arts
- Introduction to Education
- Kindergarten Education
- Language and Literacy Development for Young Learners K-3
I speak at several Early Childhood conferences each year. In the past I have shared about Indoor Play, Outdoor Play, Literacy, and Academic Language.
Certificates and Licenses
Iowa Teaching License
Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
International Literacy Association (ILA)
Minnesota Reading Association
Minnesota Kindergarten Association Board
Hobbies and Interests
I love being outdoors in all seasons--except winter! I am a runner, walker, and biker. Much of our family time has been spent watching our children participating in their passions from sports to theater.