So much has happened this past year but we cannot forget auld lang syne (times gone by). I started at ESU in 2006 getting a wonderful foundation and inspiration through DMET (MCOM) with a focus on instructional, learning and design technology. I was fortunate to have the awesome mentors of Dr. Elzar Camper and Dr. Shiv Bunjun (Economics), and work alongside of other inspiration colleagues such as Prof. Gary Braman, Dr. Yi-hui Huang, Dr. Richard Otto, Dr. Susan Bonser, Dr. Steve Kohen, Prof. Andrian Wehmeyer, Dr. Carol Walker, Prof. Joan Kistler, Prof. Nicholas D’Angelo and many others. The students inspired me with their creativity, perseverance and ever questioning. After 11 years, it was time to move to pursue the next step.
During this year of transition, I earned the promotion of professor, celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary, and earned a black belt after 19 years (Ph.D., brain tumor, family deaths, and childbirth all were priorities). My husband has been along for the very long ride; both my husband John and son Jaz have been an ongoing encouragement that would put the sun’s stability to shame.
Now, I am grateful for the opportunity to work and learn in the Department Professional and Secondary Education. While working with other brilliant colleagues and education students, they are sharpening me, and hopefully, I am supporting their paths. The students, whether pre-service, in-service teachers or professionals, are passionate about teaching and have a desire to make a positive impact on lives.
In my new role, I strive to learn more about the changing social infrastructure and practicality of the K-12 learning environment so that with others, I can facilitate systemic evolutions. Together, we will better align learning environments with how we know people learn and support students and personnel in their academic, social and emotional growth.