Special Skills
  • Certified Trainer, National Math and Science (NMSI) Teacher Training in Pre-AP strategies for English
  • Provide modeling and coaching in literacy strategies for teachers, grades 3-12
  • Develop and facilitate educator workshops and training sessions focusing on online learning, blended learning, reading and writing skills, curriculum mapping, differentiated instruction, school improvement
  • Identify reading needs at individual and school-wide levels
  • Moderate and instruct online college-level and professional development courses focusing on classroom instruction, historical thinking, literacy, Web 2.0 technologies, differentiated instruction
  • Develop programs to improve reading scores
  • Author high interest books for the juvenile market
  • Edit, revise and rewrite publications
  • Develop subject area curriculum guides and plans
  • Develop materials appropriate for specific reading levels
  • Lead schools in the curriculum mapping process using TechPaths
Achievements
  • Created and developed nine On Target strategy books for educators
  • Certified Reading Specialist
  • Author of nonfiction books for elementary school students
  • Presenter at various regional and national education conferences
  • Developed K-12 reading curriculum
  • Developed tutoring sessions to increase student scores for Minnesota Basic Standards Tests
  • Developed Reading Renaissance/Accelerated Reading Program at elementary and middle schools
  • Technology grant recipient, US-West Foundation and SDEA
  • Recipient of numerous South Dakota and national writing/editing awards
Education
  • Doctoral Student, Instructional Technology/Distance Education, University of Wyoming, ABD
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, Master of Arts, English, graduate program, Spring 2005
  • Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD, Reading Specialist, graduate endorsement, 1998
  • Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD, secondary education teaching program, 1983-1984
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, double majors in English and Journalism, BA, 1972-1976
Professional Experience
  • Education Technology Specialist, TIE, Rapid City, SD, January of 2004 to Present.
  • Education Specialist, Education Service Agency 7, South Dakota, July of 2004 to 2006
  • Associate Managing Editor, Capstone Press, Mankato, MN, August of 2002 to January of 2004
  • Composition 101 instructor, graduate assistant, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, August of 2002 to January of 2004
  • Copy Editor, Capstone Press, Mankato, MN, March of 2002 to August of 2002
  • District Reading Coordinator, Worthington ISD 518, Worthington, MN, Fall of 1999 to March of 2002
  • Language Arts/Reading Instructor, Deadwood Middle School, Lead-Deadwood School District, Lead, SD, Fall of 1984 to Spring of 1999
  • Public Relations Coordinator, Lead-Deadwood School District, Lead, SD, 1989-1993
  • Feature Editor, Aberdeen American News, Aberdeen, SD, 1976-1983
Professional Memberships
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)