I became a teacher (specifically in the area of the social studies/history) because of the influence of great teachers, fascinating books, and trips to local and state historic sites. By the time I was in high school, I knew wanted to share the love I developed with this most fascinating discipline. I have been teaching in the Monmouth-Roseville School Districts since 1983. I have been teaching part-time in the departments of history and educational studies since 1995. I consider it such a privilege to be able to share my academic experiences and skills with Monmouth College students. These students forever inspire me to challenge myself and impart what I have learned over almost 30 years of teaching. Indeed, I have developed many valuable friendships among fellow teachers, staff, and students.
My research interests are in the fields of local history (architecture, cemeteries, etc.), western history, and the American Civil War. I have published a number of articles in journals that express this interest and research. I frequently present my current research and teaching methods at local, state-wide, and regional or national conferences. I am confident that frequent professional research and development is the key to staying informed, refreshed, and relevant to my fellow faculty members and our students.
Courses Taught: Education:
TEDP 376 Secondary Social Studies Methods
Hist 314 The Civil War
B.A. University of Northern Iowa 1981
M.A. Western Illinois University 1991
Office: Rm 16A Wallace Hall