I am a doctoral candidate in Critical Literacy and English Education from the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. I have taught writing at the elementary, junior high, and college levels and currently teach education courses for pre-service and practicing teachers. My current research interests include the emergent literacy practices involved in digital writing, in particular the research, writing, and composition of school-based documentary filmmaking and digital storytelling.
In addition to teaching and researching, I work closely with the Minnesota Writing Project, a local chapter of the National Writing Project, which supports the professional development of educators K-College. Over the past three years, I have worked closely with the Edina Writing Cohort, teaching classes on digital writing, assessment and inquiry. Through my role as both a site leader and Teacher Consultant (TC), I have had the fortunate opportunity to write alongside hundreds of teachers, observing several teachers as they find their professional voices and emerge as leaders within their schools and districts. In partnership with MWP, I also work as a writing consultant with Student Writing Support (SWS), working one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of writing projects.
When not wrapped up in writing or making my own movies, I enjoy sipping my husband’s delicious coffee and playing trains and Legos with my two sons.