I am an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Mary Washington.  My research interests are in the areas of teacher persona and identity development, particularly among preservice teachers.  I teach courses in research, general and advanced instructional methods, and the teaching of English.

My undergraduate degrees in Theatre and English are from Virginia Tech.  After a brief stint in college admissions, I earned a Master’s in English Education from Boston College and then moved out west to teach high school English in northern California.  Alas, the siren call of Virginia was too strong to ignore after four years.  While living and teaching English in Charlottesville (then ranked #1 place to live in the country–it is pretty great), I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia.  My dissertation looks at the persona development and presentation of secondary preservice teachers. The impact of place is important to me; the images on the front page are all from meaningful places I have been that have played a part in shaping my self.

About the images…
Tree=Self: This is a piece of a collage I made for my brother and sister-in-law for their wedding program just after moving to Charlottesville in 2006. I aim to be tree-like, branching out and making connections with friends, students, and content, while also acknowledging the “soil” that made me the kind of person I am today. This relates to my research/teaching interests in persona and identity as well–we respond to our particular contexts when we engage in social interaction.

Mast=Teaching: Models of instruction are at the heart of much of my teaching–both conveying that content and using them to organize instruction. I conduct research on teacher persona but I also aim to present an effective persona in my own teaching. This picture is a view upward from a boat in Greece (2004), but it reminds me of the kind of scaffolding I aim to do for students through my teaching.

Clock/Sky=Research: This is a view through a transparent clock inside the Musee d’Orsay in Paris (2005). I see research like that, as being inside of something and feeling a kind of pressure, but aiming to see a bigger, more beautiful picture that comes together over time and after lots of reading and investigation.

Fish pond=Blog: I try to immerse myself in these ideas-persona, identity, the context of self, models of instruction, the process of conducting research and teaching–and kind of swim around in them. Fish-like. This is a fish pond in Hawaii (2006).