received a BA in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and an MA in English from West Texas State (A&M) University in Canyon, Texas. She completed a Masterâ€™s thesis, Mental Dialectics: Writing and Thinking, in which she considered composition as a pragmatic, logical reconciliation of coexisting contradictions. Critical thinking was at the core of her studies.
Her teaching methods reflect commitment to the learnerâ€™s opportunity to seek and maintain contraries, to recognize ambiguity within factual contexts, to remain open-minded while maintaining a sense of personal conviction, to search for best possible solutions based on probability, logic, and intuitive good sense.
Professional enrichment highlights of her teaching career include a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute hosted by The Johns Hopkins University; presentation of papers for the National Humanities Association and the National Pop Culture Association; and participation in and presentation at The Left Bank Writerâ€™s Retreat in Paris, France. She has trained and worked as a professional mediator and has conducted her own freelance writing business.
Her poetry has been published in small journals and newspapers, presented in performance, and captured in photo-poetry journals. She is a professional painter and photographer.