I have conducted educational research since 2004 and designed educational curricula since 2012. In 2013, I began teaching psychology courses as an adjunct professor for two community colleges, as well as for a local college and career high school, teaching grades 9th-12th.
I like for my students to actively engage with the material presented. That means co-creating a stimulating and rewarding learning environment where both my students and I benefit from the experience. I encourage creativity, open-mindedness, and appreciation not only between but also within students. Emphasis is placed on self-exploration, self-acceptance, and self-transformation and how those aspects are integral to understanding the material.
*PhD Candidate with 4.0 GPA *Honors MPH, Summa Cum Laude *BA in Psychology, Cum Laude *Honors AA in Liberal Arts, Cum Laude *Member of 7 academic societies for excellence in scholastic achievement and disciplinary interests
I am currently writing my dissertation for my PhD in Transformative Studies. I am focusing on the spiritual and religious experiences of J.R.R. Tolkien's character of Legolas using reader-response theory and phenomenology, and how Elven consciousness emerges and transforms within Tolkien's fantasy world of Middle-earth. I also have a MPH, BA in Psychology, and an AA in Liberal Arts.
I absolutely LOVE anything related to Tolkien, UNC Tar Heels basketball, the beach, animals and nature, antique jewelry, and shoe shopping.