I have spent my professional life teaching, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I have had many varied teaching experiences in my life; teaching dance to young children, teaching elementary and middle school classical curriculum, and many years of teaching psychology and education to undergraduates. Wheaton is a fascinating place to teach because the students bring so many diverse and interesting perspectives and life experiences to my classes each year. I usually teach Child Development and Introductory Psychology, and I enjoy them both, though they are very different. In Child Development, my goal is to lead students to a comprehensive understanding of children and to improve their observational skills over the semester; I work to begin students on a journey to becoming outstanding educators. Besides child development, my other area of interest is the brain, and I approach Introductory Psychology from a very brain-oriented perspective. I also combine these two areas in my teaching to highlight brain development through childhood.
Outside of teaching, my three main interests are my family, traveling, and traveling with my family! I have a long history with dance and theater, and I’ve recently developed a passion for soccer.
Ph.D., Emory University
M.A., University of Texas at El Paso
B.A., Vassar College