I have been teaching all grade levels for over 20 years, most recently focusing on high school teaching. I have been associated with the Opera by Children program at the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre as well as Unicorn Children's Theatre and Utah State University. Most recently, I have been teaching at Sky View High School, in Smithfield, Utah and Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Learning should be fun and natural! I try to present materials in a fun, concise way, then get out of the way so student can enjoy themselves while creating connections with each other and constructing knowledge. I like games, challenges and activities that foster creativity.
-Advisor of the Year, College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Utah State University -Recognized: Curriculum Design for Theatre Education, as among the top 3 in the U.S., by Association for Theatre in Higher Education Task Force on Education Reform. 1998 -Recipient: Joe E. Whitesides Scholar/Athlete Teaching Award. 1998, 1999
-Academic Achievements- --Ph.D., Theatre Arts, University of Minnesota, History/Theory Emphasis; Supporting Programs: Education and Anthropology. Ph.D. Thesis: Cultural and Aesthetic Elements of 19th Century Home Theatricals, 1995 • Graduated Magna Cum Laude --M.A., Theatre Arts, Utah State University, Theory/Performance Studies Emphasis. MA Thesis: Formalist Performance Theory and Dramaturgy in Prose Fiction With Special Application to the Fiction of Franz Kafka, 1990 • Graduated Summa Cum Laude --B.A., Theatre Arts, Utah State Univ., Directing/Performance Studies Emphasis; German Minor Graduated Magna Cum Laude --Leadership & Management Certificate. Nonprofit Academy of Excellence, 2013. The Nonprofit Academy of Excellence promotes excellence in nonprofit professionals and helps build sustainable nonprofit organizations. --“Change Leader” Certification, Utah DIvision of Arts & Museums. Curriculum completed, 2010. The Change Leader Institute is a professional certification program of intensive training that focuses on leadership. --Certified Interpretive Guide, National Association for Interpretation, 2008. The Certified Interpretive Guide credential is internationally recognized and requires intensive training. The training explores methods of education in a variety of settings.
Just having fun teaching and learning at many grade levels!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Music, Vocal Music, Drama, Career and Technical Education, Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, Literature, Classroom Management, Library Skills, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, For All Subjects, Close Reading