I am a community college English Instructor and a Ph.D. in English Education. My research focuses on applied linguistics for the English classroom. I am interested in developing  applications of Systemic Functional Linguistics for student writing and reading. My current research projects are a genre analysis of the Common Core State Standards’ student writing exemplars and linguistic analysis of student college writing in first-year composition in the community college setting. I have presented my educational and linguistic research with colleagues at local, regional, and national conferences in the U.S.

I have teaching experience at various levels, working in diverse environments including an urban middle school, a rural high school, a community college, and a major research university.

I graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelors of Arts in English and minor in Mathematics. I earned my teaching license in Anderson University’s Teach for Indiana program. After teaching for a year, I returned to graduate school to complete my MA in English Language and Linguistics at Purdue University. After several years teaching at the college level, I returned to the middle-school classroom as a volunteer teaching assistant.

I have also been a participant in the Slam Poetry community for over seven years. I have competed in multiple slams in Lafayette, Indianapolis, and Chicago. My major influences include Taylor Mali, Jack McCarthy, Todd Alcott, and Patricia Smith.

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