My story

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Thanks for visiting my site! You can listen to an interview with me about my work or read my bio below.

Welcome to our course site! I am a lifelong learner and educator. I was a high school social studies teacher in Oklahoma City for six years and I taught a number of courses including AP U.S. History, AP Psychology, AP. U.S. Government and Politics, Sociology, and several other courses. While I had considered social studies education as a major, my decision was solidified while taking several African and South African history courses with Dr. Jid Kamoche. I knew little of African histories and cultures and these classes motivated me to work with students to not only better understand other peoples, but also themselves.

In 2011, I left the high school classroom to teach and run the social studies program at Wichita State University, and two years later I made my way to Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. As a professor of Curriculum and Instruction, I work with undergraduate and graduate pre-service teachers. As part of my job, I also conduct research primarily on social media and social studies topics. I also serve on a number of committees at TWU and in national organizations (e.g., Social Studies Research Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)), and review articles for a number of scholarly journals (e.g., Teaching and Teacher Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education,

This was my final project from a class with Dr. Houser.

This was my final project from a class with Dr. Houser, who influenced me as an educator.

Journal of Social Studies Research), and as the assistant program chair (which will transition to program chair) for the Social Studies Research Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Education is a passion that extends into my personal life and friendships. As an advocate for teacher voice, I have helped lead numerous edcamp unconferences and Twitter chats. I was a co-leader in the first Edcamp Kansas and Edcamp Tulsa among others. In a discussion at edcampOKC in 2013, I was involved in a discussion which instigated the creation of a Sunday night #OklaEd Twitter chat that is still held weekly. I moderated the first Twitter chat for Oklahoma educators on February 24, 2013. Since 2012 I have been a co-leader for #sschat for social studies educators (sschat.org). Aside from education, I am a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder and University of Oklahoma teams. I am also an advocate for new urbanist efforts to create sustainable, walkable, and diverse living environments.

You can find more information on my professional work from my pages in Strikingly, Academia.edu, ResearchGateGoogle Scholar, and my educational foundations course site.

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