- Japan-America Student Conference (San Francisco, Kyoto, Okinawa, and Tokyo) (2005)
- State of Oklahoma Delegate to Kyoto, Japan (2005)
- Intern, National Geographic Society (Washington, DC) (2006)
- UCLA Korean Studies Institute (Seoul, South Korea) (2007)
- Hall of Fame, Northeastern State University (2007)
- U.S. Dept. of Education/Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs Institute (Quebec City, Montreal, and Ottawa, Canada) (2012)
- Congress in the Classroom Fellow, Dirksen Congressional Center (2013)
- Goethe-Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program Fellow (Germany) (2014)
- Russian/American Educators Exchange, U.S. Department of State (Russia) (2014-2015)
- College Board/ETS AP Reader for U.S. Government and Politics (2015-Present)
- TEACH Fellow, Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (Qatar/Bahrain/Dubai) (2015)
- Canada (2001, 2006, 2012, 2015)
- United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Italy, & Vatican City (2004)
- Japan & Okinawa (2005)
- Mexico (2007)
- South Korea & Korean Demilitarized Zone (2007)
- Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, and Slovenia (2014)
- Russia (2014-2015)
- Bahrain, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates (2015)
I came to Mount St. Mary in 2010, and the moment I walked in the doors, I knew it was a special place. An overwhelming sense of peace has enveloped my life since that first day, and I am truly honored to be a member of this wonderful community. I was born and raised in rural Northeast Oklahoma and am the first in my family to graduate from university. My interests are many and varied, everything from music to travel, photography, politics, current affairs, world cultures, ethnic cuisines, and the outdoors. In my leisure time, I enjoy biking, backpacking/hiking and camping in pristine wilderness, taking adventurous road trips, reading good books, keeping up with U.S. and international politics, exploring new restaurants, and having a great cup of coffee in a friendly cafe.
My passion is sharing the world with my students, and I look forward to everyday with them in the classroom. It is a joy to teach Social Studies courses to young people, and I do so by helping students to see connections and visualize relationships between the curriculum and current events and contemporary issues in our world today. As an educator, I agree with what the historian John Hope Franklin once said, “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” Truly passionate about teaching, I love to integrate my life and travel experiences into the curriculum. Whether it’s my story of surviving a major earthquake in Japan, or being followed by foreign intelligence agents daily while living in Washington, DC, or my harrowing close encounter with a mountain lion while camping in the Navajo Reservation, or the time I was interrogated by Russian intelligence officials in Moscow, I absolutely love sharing the world with my students. I find great joy as their eyes are opened to the world around them and become upstanding global citizens, young people who will be good stewards of God’s creation, build bridges of understanding with other cultures, and actively participate in our democracy.
It is truly an honor and blessing to teach at Mount St. Mary. If there is anything I can do to help you, please feel free to let me know. I really look forward to a great year at The Mount!