Professional Bio


  • EdD, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Northern Colorado
  • School Executive Preparation Program, University of Denver
  • Master of Arts in Education: Teaching and Learning, Regis University
  • Post-Graduate studies in Education and ESL, German Pedagogic Institute and Lancashire College
  • Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages, Colorado State University


  • Colorado Administrator’s License, Type D
  • Colorado Professional Teaching License, K-12 Linguistically Diverse/ESL and Secondary German


Academic and Professional Experience
  • Director, Master of Arts in Education, Regis College of Regis University, August 2013-present
  • Professor, term-limited, for Undergraduate and Graduate Education Programs, Regis College, 2012-2013
  • Implementation Specialist, Carmel Hill Fund, Boulder, CO, 2011-2012
  • Graduate Lecturer/Adjunct Faculty, 2000-2013

Regis University

University of Colorado Denver

Colorado State University

University of Northern Colorado

  • Literacy/Teacher Effectiveness Consultant, Denver Public Schools, 2009-2011
  • Director of Curriculum, Instruction and ELA, Elizabeth Public Schools, Elizabeth, CO, 2008-2009
  • Assistant Superintendent/Director of Curriculum, Instruction and ELA, Sheridan Public Schools, Sheridan, CO 2001-2008
  • ELA District Resource Teacher/ELA Curriculum Coordinator, Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, CO, 1998-2001
  • ESL Teacher, Spring International Language Center, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO, 1997-1998
  • Coordinator of English Courses, Chamber of Commerce, Munich, Germany (equivalent to USA Vocational High School/Junior College), 1994-1997
  • Teacher and Literacy Coach at American High School, German Elementary, German Gymnasium


  • Colorado Association of School Executives
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Colorado Staff Development Council, Board Member, 2008-2010
  • ? Board Member of the Center, 2008-2010
  • Denver Area Assistant Superintendents’ Committee, Member, 2006-2008
  • District Accountability and Advisory Council, Chair 2005-2008
  • Front Ranges BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services), Member, 2005-2010
  • Sheridan District Math Committee for Curriculum Alignment and Resource Adoption K-12, Chair, 2004-2008
  • Sheridan District Literacy Taskforce, Chair, 2003-2008
  • Sheridan District Professional Development Committee, Chair, 2003-2008
  • Colorado Department of Education/NCLB committee working on standards and assessments for ELA students matching state and federal mandates, Member, 2002-2008


Research & Scholarship

Dissertation, 2013

                           Teacher Effectiveness, University of Northern Colorado

Awards & Recognition


Grants Awarded

  • Focused School Improvement Grant, Amesse Elementary, DPS
  • Title VII Grant for Sheridan Schools, $2.5 million
  • Colorado Reading First Grant, Sheridan Schools, $900,000
  • Read to Achieve Grant, Amesse Elementary & Sheridan Schools
  • Federal Consolidated Grant Coordinator
  • 3 Title VII Grants for Aurora Public Schools



Community Involvement & Service

  • Principal and Teacher Training in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: CSAP and Implications for Instruction; Sheltering Techniques for ELA Students, 2001-2012
  • Facilitated taskforce to improve graduate student instruction in the Regis Master of Arts in Education: Teaching and Learning Program and the ELA Endorsement program. Particular focus was new research in the area of how children learn to read, 2005
  • Co-facilitated working committee for the research, development and writing of the Colorado State English Language Development (ELD) Standards, 2004
  • Colorado ELD Standards presentation at the OELA Summit in Washington, DC to the USDE, 2004
  • Facilitation of Committee for differentiation of instruction for Colorado Reading First Grantees, 2004
  • Co-presenter of successful classroom implementation of State ELD Standards (CDE/CABE Conference), 2004
  • Co-presenter of newly developed ELA Contina at CABE (Colorado Association of Bilingual Educators), 2003
  • Sheltered Instruction in-service for Highland Elementary in Weld County, 2003
  • Week-long training on differentiating standards-based instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners, Weld County RE-1, K-12, 2002
  • 30-hour training on differentiating standards-based instruction, Gilcrest RE-1, K-12, 2002
  • NCTE presentation at the national conference on meeting the needs of diverse learners in reading instruction, 2000