My life has been one ongoing learning journey focused in the area of education starting from my childhood basement classroom to the present day. Now as an independent consultant I would love to help you enhance instructional experiences for your students and staff.

As a young child I had a favorite saying, “Every day the thing to do is learn a little something new.” In all the years since uttering that youthful sentiment, I find I still adhere to it as much now as I did then.  But at my current level of maturity and experience, I’d revise my words to something even simpler, “Being an effective educator means continuous learning.” The exciting and boundless truth is that learning is academic and humanitarian, personal and public.

I started my career in education as a classroom teacher. I spent 18 years with 4th and 5th graders. Each day brought new learning and opportunities to reflect and grow as an educator. My passions included teaching readers and writers through a workshop approach, integrating technology, and collaborating with educators near and far. One of my greatest joys today is connecting with former students.

My classroom teaching career led to a career as a school improvement consultant in the areas of literacy and ESL. This path later led to serving as an instructional coach at the elementary and middle school level. The field of instructional coaching took me back to my passion of facilitating learning for both students and adults.

Today I continue to work full time for Northwest AEA in Sioux City, Iowa as well as privately consult with schools and instructional coaches globally.

My most current work includes:

Let’s work together:

I am available for keynote, conference sessions,  ongoing site-based training and virtual coaching and training opportunities. Topics can be customized to fit your specific needs. Contact me and we can get fine-tune the particulars. Topics include, but not limited to:

A little more about me:

There is much more to each individual than the work they do. I strive to get to know those I encounter at a personal level. Here is a little about me.