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Department of English
Robert Bell Building (RB), Room 297
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
I am both a teacher and a writer. I am passionate about literacy in and out of the classroom and have committed my twenty-four years of professional life to it.
I am the author of the popular educational book, Painless Reading Comprehension, the acting editor of the literary online magazine titled, Rethinking Children’s Literature: Read for Change, the editor for the popular children’s book series, the Neon TikiTribe, an editor for an independent press, INwords Publications, a peer reviewer for the English Journal, and the lead editor of four different memoir collections including: Sitting at the Feet Our Elders: Flanner House Speaks, the series, I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write About Their Lives, and Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs.
My work as a researcher in disability studies and community writing education has appeared in a variety of academic publications and includes some of the following titles: The Joyful Experiences of Mothers of Children with Special Needs: An Autoethnographic Study, “A Case Study of Radical Adult Education and Transformative Learning through a Diverse Adult Learning Workshop,” “The Pre-enrollment Considerations of Undergraduate Wheelchair Users and their Post-enrollment Transitions” and “Writing Collaboratively: Priority, Practice, and Process.
My work has been recognized by Purdue University, Jennings County School Corporation, Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation, Indiana University, and Ball State University where I have won several awards and recognitions including Teacher of the Year, the university-wide Excellence in Teaching Award, the Accessible Faculty Member of the Year Award, the leading research presentation at the Diversity and Inclusivity Teaching and Research Symposium, and the most diversity publications and presentations at the university. My work and ideas have been featured in the Indianapolis Star, at the Indianapolis Arts Center’s Spirit and Place festival, on radio show, Hoosier History Live, Her magazine, Parents magazine, on the Best Buddies international website, and in Autism Digest.
I currently serve as an contract assistant professor in the Department of English at Ball State University and as the Education Outreach Director of the Memoir Project at the Indiana Writers Center. I serve as a faculty mentor for students with disabilities on campus, am the campus sponsor for the Alliance of Black Teachers and the 451 Challenged Book Clubs. I taught English and German and was a department chair and professional development leader in the K-12 system for 12 years before becoming a literacy consultant, director for a nonprofit, writer, and professor.
Areas of Specialization: secondary English education, writing methods, reading comprehension, disability and diversity, editing and publishing, multiculturalism, and community literacy
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