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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 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, an editor for 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, I Remember: Creative Writing of Indianapolis Youth, 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 many academic publications and includes: 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,” and “Writing Collaboratively: Priority, Practice, and Process.”
My work has been recognized by Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation, Purdue University, Indiana University, and Ball State University where she has 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 presentation at the Diversity and Inclusivity Teaching and Research Symposium. Her work and ideas have been featured in the Indianapolis Star, at the Indianapolis Arts Center as part of the Spirit and Place festival, on Hoosier History Live, Her magazine, and on the Best Buddies international website.
I currently serve as an 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 taught English and German in the K-12 system for 12 years before becoming a literacy consultant, writer, professor, and director. I write about my life and teaching on my blog.
Areas of Specialization: secondary English education, writing methods, reading comprehension, disability and diversity, multiculturalism, and community literacy
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