I serve in several roles at Stephen F. Austin State University. As a full time Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Family and Consumer Sciences in the School of Human Sciences, I teach Foundation courses to all majors, along with Consumer Problems, an Occupational course and work with pre-service candidates in three Family and Consumer Sciences certifications. I am pleased to serve as the Director for the SFA Center for Economic Education. Since I just joined SFA in August of 2013, I am focusing on gaining a full grasp of my responsibilities in these roles.
My experiences as an entrepreneur, a curriculum specialist, an educator, researcher and organizational leader lend themselves well to the responsibilities of the center. I look forward to providing exceptional resources and training to the teachers in the region. As Center Director I am in the planning process for a teacher training at the Dallas Federal Reserve, along with a community Economic Summit.
I endeavor to do research that will inform practice and address research questions that I consider meaningful and interesting and thus feel passionate about. As education evolves and is challenged with unrelenting reforms from many directions, it is more important than ever to understand how our students learn best and implement practices to create an environment to support significant student learning. I believe that teaching involves the head, heart and soul which fits well with my teaching philosophy “To encourage and develop thoughtful and independent problem solvers thorough individual connections and nurturing to improve the human and natural environment”.
I am passionate about social issues and their impact on individuals and families. My work with the National War on Hunger lead me to the focus of my research and the creation of my company Global Fusion Educational Resources ™2009, which is curriculum delivered in a traveling trunk. Various topics are available to teachers including “Global Hunger and Food Insecurities”, Natural Disasters – FCS Careers” and “Teen Pregnancy” and “Human Rights of Immigrants”. Additional topics such as financial literacy are in development. Through my work with hunger initiatives, I was instrumental in the formation of campus initiatives in the North West and a Hunger Alliance in Idaho.
Prior to my move to SFA, I completed my PhD at Texas Tech University and worked as an Instructor of Design, Research Associate for Achieve Texas College and Career Initiative and a Curriculum Specialist, where I created many teacher resources and served as lead writer on a curriculum packet on Sustainability which received National Award from ASCD. I enjoy curriculum development and present at State, National and International conferences each year.
I grew up in the Northwest and after earning my BS degree I worked in retail management and created and managed my own Interior Design business for 20 years. Along with my business, I taught at The Art Institute of Portland, Portland Community College, Washington State University and the University of Idaho where I completed my MS in Family and Consumer Sciences Education before moving to Texas with my children in 2007.
I am active in Professional Organizations as a leader and currently serve as President of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences – Texas Affiliate. I serve on the National membership committee and several local advisory boards.