I have Master's and Doctoral degrees in Instructional Psychology & Technology and am currently an Associate Professor of Secondary Education at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT, specializing in Educational Psychology and Technology Integration. I also serve as the coordinator for the Educational Technology Master's degree program at UVU.
My research interests include Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Science, learner-centered teaching, differentiation with technology, technology for higher-order thinking and creativity, and developmental neuropsychology.
I have presented at numerous local, regional, national, and international conferences, including Learning & the Brain, SITE, and AECT. I also love to give presentations for junior high, high school, and higher education administrators, faculty, and students. During the 2014-2015 school year, I had the opportunity to teach classes on leadership and the growth mindset at a local junior high school.
Beyond the professional stuff, I also have something of a life! I am married and have two wonderful kids. I enjoy hanging out with my family, running, yoga, and reading young adult fantasy fiction.
My dreams are: traveling to Ireland and China, convincing all teachers that technology can improve learning, and voicing a Disney character.
I truly enjoy teaching. I believe that learning is an active process and that my role is to facilitate that process by providing meaningful experiences and resources for my students. Students in my classes can be found blogging, taking "learning tours" of the classroom, discussing content with me and each other, analyzing cases, and even, occasionally, dancing! It's all about making connections and finding meaning in the course content so that they can remember and apply it. Now, if it weren't for all of the pesky grading...
I am also passionate about helping educators and administrators better understand the adolescent mind in the digital age. My hope is that understanding will bring compassion and help all of us better understand how to support and challenge our students.