I teach a variety of courses in Earlham’s M.A.T. program. As a scholar, I study how teachers create knowledge in the context of their learning. Before joining the Earlham faculty, I taught in public schools for 25 years. I am also a published novelist.
My favorite activities are traveling and walking our retired racing Greyhounds. My hobbies are reading (especially mysteries) and continuing to work on my fiction writing.
I graduated from Earlham in 1975 and then spent 25 years teaching in public schools. I was excited to be able to return to Earlham in order to help more EC grads consider careers in education. I feel that it is important to help more graduates from small liberal arts colleges enter the teaching profession. We need more EC graduates in secondary classrooms.
- Ph.D., Capella University
- M.A., Miami University, Oxford
- B.A., Earlham College
My areas of scholarly interest are reflection and professional learning, that is studying how teachers create knowledge in the context of their teaching.
Awakening the Teacher Within: Embedding Reflection in a Teacher Preparation Program. Co-authored with Deborah Rickey. Critical Issues in Teacher Education winter 2014 Southern Illinois University
The Face of Learning Indiana Reading Journal winter 2012
Collaborative Inquiry: Fertile Ground for Learning to Reflect (2010) Co-authored with Susan Blackwell, Ph. D. and Beth Berghoff, Ph. D. UrbanPenn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education Online Journal winter 2011
Connecting Teaching and Learning: High School Teachers’ Application of Professional Knowledge. Doctoral dissertation (2008)
Nurturing Passionate Teachers selected and published in Annual Editions Education 06/07 McGraw Hill Contemporary Learning Series
Interlude: Nurturing Passionate Teachers: Making Our Work Transparent pages 145 – 152 in The Game of School by Rob Fried (2005) Jossey-Bass.
Nurturing Passionate Teachers in Teacher Education Quarterly fall 2004
A Winding Road to Freedom – a historical fiction novel (1999) published by Friends United Press
Learning Our Students Well (1993) published by The Annenberg Institute for School Reform: Writing Within School Reform Volume 2
Luke’s Summer Secret- a historical fiction novel for young people (1991) published by Friends United Press
August 2013 ATE conference in Washington, DCFrom the Mirror, to the Window, and Back Again: Embedding Reflection in a Pre-Service Teacher Education Program (with Deborah Rickey Ph.D.)
Feb 2010 AILACTE conference in Atlanta Preparing Teaching Candidates to Teach the World: Embedding Diversity in a Teacher Education Program (with Deborah Rickey Ph D)
Feb 2009 AILACTE conference in Chicago Collaborative Inquiry: Not Teaching by Accident (with Susan Blackwell Ph D and Beth Berghoff Ph D)
Feb 2009 AILACTE conference in Chicago From the Mirror, to the Window, and Back Again: Embedding Reflection in a Teacher Education Program(with Deborah Rickey, Ph D)
PDK Summit in Indianapolis 2009 Recruiting Idealists into Our Ranks – and Equipping Them to Survive “The System” (with Deborah Rickey, Ph D and Rob Fried Ph D)