I accept and value students as they come to me so they can grow in the challenging and engaging learning environment I seek to provide.
I began as an instructional assistant for Title I basic skills program and home-school liaison for Title VII program in 1971, with a B.A. History from the University of Washington. I was promoted to Math and Reading Specialist, Chapter 1/Title 1 and Title VII in 1977 where I taught mathematics and language arts in a federal basic skills program at a variety of K-9 schools. I worked primarily with with “at-risk” students utilizing a language-based, problem-solving approach to mathematics. I also taught some remedial reading and had the opportunity to be involved in district-level curriculum development and teacher staff development for mathematics and writing.
The work inspired me to earn a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington in with a specialization in Counseling, School Psychology. In 1981 I had my own class in the Escuela Latona where I team taught primary grades in a bilingual elementary magnet program. Together with a teaching team we developed an ESL reading program, an arts-oriented multicultural studies project and the Computers are Elementary curriculum.
Life and family circumstances drew me back to California where I taught in a variety of settings and positions in higher education including the United States International University, San Diego, CA (now Alliant International) where I was an Associate Professor and Chair of Curriculum and Instruction. I was responsible for program scheduling, course design, faculty selection and evaluation for all C&I classes on 3 campuses, two in the United States and one in London, England. I enjoyed teaching international educators for two summers in London, England.
I came to NMSU in 1993 as an Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, where I developed and coordinated a graduate specialization within Curriculum and Instruction focused on the integration of technology with curriculum and learning (EDLT). In addition to my research and service activities, I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in curriculum and instruction and educational technology, advised graduate students and supervised doctoral dissertations. I consulted and worked with universities and with local, state, and national school initiatives to support effective uses of technology in education. I was promoted to Associate, and then Full professor, and served as the Assistant Dean for Research over the years, and have since returned to the faculty where I work primarily with doctoral students and mentor younger faculty.
International teaching experience:
I have worked with many international students over 30 years as a professor and have taught internationally. I taught TESOL masters students in Brazil in January, 2001; high school students in Mexico in Fall 1999; and teachers from international schools in London, England during the summers of 1989 and 1990.