Education within the College of Health and Education.
Why did you decide to teach at Marymount?
I was working as a lead mentor and teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools and worked extensively with new teachers. I was so incredibly impressed with the Marymount graduates and wanted to learn more about the University’s School of Education and its ‘secret sauce!’ A position opened and I could not wait to be a part of this incredible team of educators supporting new teachers.
What got you interested in Education?
My background is in broadcasting, marketing and education. I began teaching in public schools and knew I wanted to do more to build leaders in the field. Education is my passion and I enjoy the collaboration, research, students, colleagues, leadership and innovation in the field.
What is your area of expertise?
My educational background is in leadership, special education teacher training and global initiatives. These areas have come full circle here at Marymount with opportunities to teach new special education teachers, develop the new Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation (EdD) program along with global initiatives to support teachers and schools globally with the Center for Global Engagement programs.
What courses do you teach?
I currently teach in the EdD program with Leading an Organization, and in the teacher preparation programs for graduate and undergraduate students with Behavior and Classroom Management, Individualized Educational Plans, Consult & Collaboration and several courses in global initiatives in Education.
What do you love most about being a professor?
The students (absolutely), my colleagues (amazing), the university atmosphere, the location, the networking and all of the professional opportunities to conduct research and so much more. Marymount is a place where creativity and innovation are embraced.
What are some of your fondest memories at Marymount?
I have enjoyed my tenure at Marymount very much. Highlights include office hours with students; the Global Classroom Series in Panama, South Africa, Ecuador and New Zealand where students engage in new and exciting coursework; time spent with colleagues planning the EdD program and other programs; working here my first year, I was also able to collaborate on a book, “The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers,” which is now used in induction programs across the country.