Since the age of twelve, I have known I wanted to educate others. Having taught in the elementary school setting, consulted around the country and currently as an Associate Lecturer in the College of Community Innovation and Education School of Teacher Education, I have fulfilled my passions for teaching others in many settings. I thoroughly enjoy learning and am proud to be a triple KNIGHT, having earned all three degrees from UCF!
My research interests center around reading motivation, access to books and quality children’s literature. My dissertation was titled: The Impact of Access to Books on the Reading Motivation and Achievement of Urban Elementary Students. Above all, I pride myself on being a teacher practitioner, spending most of my time designing engaging course meetings for teacher candidates and seeking funding sources to provide valuable educational experiences for our teacher candidates and local school children. I have taught numerous courses across three programs in our college however my true passions lie in children’s literature and social studies along with designing and coordinating the Capstone experiences for all Internship II Elementary Education majors.
I am also the acting coordinator, advisor, and mentor for the interns in the hospital setting at PedsAcademy. My passion projects include: Read for the Record each fall funded by PNC Bank, KnightED Talks Student Showcase each spring and being the advisor for the Student National Education Association at UCF; both projects which now also take place at PedsAcademy. I am committed to positively impacting future teachers to in turn, have them positively impact our youth.