After nine years teaching students in special education, I was hired at GSU to teach literacy courses in several teacher education programs. My particular focus was on developing community partnerships to help strengthen teachers' knowledge about all aspects of a child's learning, both within and outside of school. Along the way, I founded the Urban Literacy Clinic at GSU, which has been able to provide literacy enrichment for hundreds of students of all abilities within the downtown community and, simultaneously, offer an authentic, critical space for future literacy teachers and literacy leaders to develop and refine their knowledge and practice.
My decision to move to CU Denver came from my desire to work in an innovative urban teacher preparation program that would allow me to integrate my interests in literacy, teacher preparation and diverse learners. As part of my work in the Urban Community Teacher Education program, I also serve as a site professor at Edison Elementary School in Denver Public Schools.
My Students at the University of Colorado Denver:
I am impressed with my students at CU Denver─their desire to learn, their maturity, and the wealth of experiences they have acquired from traveling and learning first hand about world cultures. I am also impressed that they have chosen CU Denver to combine an interest in urban spaces and urban education with their desire to have an impact on the lives of children. I strive to create learning opportunities through which my students can grapple thoughtfully with the power they have as teachers to positively affect the children in their classrooms.
Courses I Teach:
- Understanding Students In Urban Contexts─ SPED 4030
- Secondary Literacy Instruction & Assessment─ UEDU 5100
- Teacher Education and Site Seminars - UEDU 4910/5910, 4911/5911, 4912/5912, 4913/5913, SPED 5910/5913
My Research Interests:
- Adolescent literacy development
- Preparing literacy leaders in schools
- Collaborating with community partners in education
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