Since elementary school, I have loved reading and writing, both fiction and nonfiction. I’ve been teaching English composition and literature since 1997. In 2006, I started teaching at the post-secondary level. Each year, I challenge myself to try a new project or initiative with the hope that I will continue to grow as both a professional and a person.
I have tried to move beyond the walls of my classroom to expand my understanding of the profession of teaching academic writing. In 2017, I became the DigiSpace Coordinator. This role allows me to get more practice with multimodal writing as well as working with students and faculty to help them with digital projects.
Over the past few years at the University of New England, I have been developing my instruction to better guide student writers in peer review. I’ve also built my English Composition curriculum around the digital change that affects all of us, whether we have realized it or not. Some topics that I find especially interesting are big data and the effects of the digital experience on people as readers, writers, and thinkers. Wherever we are on the scale (from novices who are just learning to read to adult learners and consumers of information), we should always be examining the influences of digital media on our thinking process and our behaviors.
I have always enjoyed spending time around and in the ocean, and I like to travel.