As my undergraduate students here at SFA would say, I'm "all about" being a teacher. I not only enjoy teaching, I'm passionate about it. I love to do it, and I think it's the most important job that anyone can have (probably aside from parenting). I believe that my job as a teacher is to facilitate the learning process. I believe in justice and fairness, and I am never going to be "out to get you," but because I think it's so important, I tend to have high expectations for myself and for my students.
My professional background includes having served as an itinerant teacher for students with visual impairments, an Education Service Center Educational Specialist, and part of the Texas School for the Blind's Outreach program. My last position before coming to SFA three years ago was as TSBVI's Statewide Staff Development Coordinator.
My goal is to provide the most practical, pragmatic training possible to my students, and to do that in the most realistic and painless way possible.
My professional dream has pretty much been fulfilled. It was to teach at a small teaching university where I could concentrate on working with preservice teachers.
Someday, I'd like to write a romance novel -- but then so would almost everyone I know!
Johnny Cash and June Carter (singing anything)
Horses (Mine's named Obcessive Reflection or "Cooper" to his friends)
Dogs (mine's a seven year old Boston Terrier named "Gus")
The Carter Family
Travel for fun
Classical music (especially chamber music)
Appalachian, folk, and/or bluegrass music
Liver (in fact, most meat)
Travel for work
Violent or scary movies
hang out with friends
surf the net
watch women's basketball (Lady Jack and WNBA)
I'm also currently working on writing a romance novel set in the Old West!
Why people do what they do.
Kids with visual impairments.
Animals and why they do what they do.
That I prepared them as well as I possibly could to work with children who have visual impairments.
That I was demanding but fair.
That I was supportive.