I have been teaching in the Education department at UVU since 2007 and love it. My family and I moved from Texas, Colorado and finally Washington state to Orem in 2007 and are very excited to be raising our family. Katrina and I have 3 children, Mckinley, Lily, and Sophia. The girls are twins and they all make life interesting for us. We lived in Boulder CO for six years where I completed a PhD in Education in 2006 as well as my Master's degree. One of my many passions is being in the classroom with future and current teachers. My specialty is Multicultural Education and ESL/Bilingual Education. I love language and culture and always enjoy the rich discussions my students and I have in our classes together.
I am also working as Program Director for Global/Intercultural Engagement at UVU in the new Center for Global/Intercultural Engagement. In this position I have the distinct priviledge of working with faculty and staff in issues of cultural diversity and inclusive pedagogy.
When I'm not in the classroom or on campus I love being with my family. We love the outdoors - camping, mt. biking, hiking, etc. I used to do a lot more of that before the kids came along, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. I can't wait until Mckinley is old enough that he and I can hit the trails and go backpacking, etc.
Ph.D. Social, Multicultural, and Bilingual Education - University of Colorado at Boulder - 2006
M.A. Spanish Education - University of Colorado at Boulder - 2002
B.A. Spanish, emphasis in teaching - Minor - Business - University of Texas at Austin - 2000
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES & ENDORESMENTS:
Profession Educator License - Secondary Education - State of Utah - Current
Spanish Endorsement - Current
ESL Endorsement - Current
UVU - CGIE Director - 2012-present
UVU - Co-Chair Student Success and Retention - 2010-present
UVU - Latino Educators of Tomorrow - 2010-present
UVU - Graduate Procedures Committee - 2008-present
Utah NAME - Board Member - 2010-present
USOE - ESL Committee - 2011-present
Principle-Investigator - ImPACT grant: "Native American, Latino, At-Risk Youth ImPACT Expansion Program
Consultant and Grant Evaluator - NSF grant: "Cyber-Information Team Implementation Project: Native American Regional IT Development Project (NA-CIT)"