Biography

Earned and Honorary Degrees

MEPD University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
BS University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Superintendent's License, St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Principal's License, Viterbo University

Background

I have always been very devoted to education and our young people. I believe we need to develop strong future leaders by providing them with every opportunity to learn and develop skills so that they can one day lead our society in a positive way. In order to assist with this process I became an elementary education teacher of grades 2-5/6 for seventeen years. I served as a varsity volleyball coach for nineteen years and as a school district athletic director for two years.

I moved on to administration where I was a PreK-12 principal for five years and a PreK-12 principal/superintendent for two years before coming to Northland. My entire career has been devoted to assisting our young people and I am able to carry that challenge on here at Northland.

Why Northland?

After working with so many PreK-12 teachers throughout my years in education, I realized I wanted to be a part of helping students develop into outstanding teachers. Due to my administrative experience, I knew what made an outstanding teacher different from an average teacher and I wanted to share that knowledge with pre-service teachers.

Northland had an excellent education department when I began my career in higher education and it is continuing to grow and become even stronger. The smaller class sizes enable students to get the one-on-one attention they deserve. Our students are out in the local PreK-12 schools two semesters prior to student teaching, implementing what they are learning in the classroom. They are able to spend over 300 hours in the schools putting their knew knowledge of teaching strategies to work.

Area employers are seeking out Northland graduates due to the outstanding education program we have. At this time ninety-seven percent of our graduates are teaching and/or attending graduate school!

Courses

I currently teach the following education courses: Diverse Learners, Fall Practicum, Winter Practicum, Literacy Methods I and II, and I oversee the clinical and student teachers who are in the field.

My favorite part of teaching is watching my students grow and develop as pre-service teachers when they are in the schools. They are able to link the theory and strategies they are learning on campus to the real life classroom in the PreK-12 school setting. It is absolutely amazing to watch them grow and develop as pre-service educators.

Student Involvement

My students are involved in each and every class as they collaborate with their peers by working in groups, teaching lessons, and being actively involved with the content being taught. Classroom discussions are critical to our classes as students share their school experiences each week and discuss what was troublesome and what was great. I am also able to share my wealth of teaching and administrative experience with them which leads to wonderful classroom discussions.

Personal Interests

In my free time I enjoy camping, boating, snowmobiling, and four wheeling with friends and family. I enjoy reading and just being with friends. I also have a great love of volleyball as I continue to coach Junior Olympic volleyball in the area.