ABD Organizational Psychology, Conflict Resolution, and Mediation, University of the Rockies
MS Psychology, University of Phoenix
MAED Education, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Phoenix
BS Early Childhood/Minor in Language Arts, Mount Senario College
My career has been dedicated to supporting an increase in self-sufficiency in individuals in underserved populations, thereby improving community success. In education, I am a "guide on the side" rather than a "sage on the stage". Each of us possesses what is needed to find success but we benefit from others to support our efforts—whether they bring knowledge and expertise in an area or they are committed to standing beside us or pointing us in the right direction. My work has included working with Hmong, Hispanic, Somalian, and my own Anishinabe people.
My dissertation work is based on seeking solutions to increase the numbers of Native students seeking education for tribal organizational positions that are frequently taken by non-native people who possess needed degrees.
Northland fits my Anishinabe roots as it is dedicated to environmental stewardship and sustainability as well as supportive of diversity.
During my career, I taught in the following areas: education, early childhood, human services, and psychology. I enjoy helping others discover the inner workings of the human mind and appreciate an interactive classroom.
My courses are learning communities where we are all teachers and we are all learners. Each of us brings knowledge and expertise to the table and we explore the content together, in a variety of ways. Various activities including student-led discussions and other actions are a daily part of my course. Additionally, we will be engaged in regular online discussions that further support the content we are engaged in.
I volunteer at a local women's shelter in Hayward, supporting young single mom's in developing skills to be self-sufficient in areas such as budgeting, child development, food preservation, and preparation and accessing local resources.
I garden and write short stories, poetry, and teaching manuals. I am Oma (grandma) to 12 twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I operate Berg Educational Consulting and often work with other colleges to develop curriculum, improve assessment, and train instructors.