I hold a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and am the Evaluation and Assessment Specialist at the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (CREA) at that same institution!
My arrival at this juncture of my life was rather circuitous – taking me through food service, banking, engineering, and teaching. Those diverse careers provided me with a variety of experiences and skill sets that contribute to my success as a researcher and evaluator. My love of science led me to become a teacher, with the hope that I would inspire a younger generation to pursue employment in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. While working in occupations that required the use of technology, I saw first hand how important it is for students to be both knowledgeable and comfortable when it comes to its use. Teaching in public schools opened my eyes to how important technology can be for effective science learning and instruction in the classroom, both brick and mortar and virtual. It is my dream that one day the use of technology in the classroom and in teacher professional development will be seamless and an expected part of the experience.