Universities and Degrees


2009 - 2015

Walden University - Ed.D. - Teacher Leadership

Dissertation: How Social Studies Teachers Use Social Media to Collaborate


1998 - 2002

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - M.A. Education

Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on Instructional Technology


1990 - 1994

University of Nebraska at Kearney - B.A. Education

Social Science with a minor in Political Science



Teaching Employment History


2001 - present

Discovery Middle School - Liberty, Missouri

8th Grade Teacher : U.S. History, Student Broadcasting, Technology


2015 - present

MidAmerica Nazarene University - Olathe, Kansas

Adjunct Faculty Member in Graduate Education


2012 - present

Baker University - Baldwin City, Kansas

Adjunct Faculty Member in Graduate Education


2005 - 2012

Park University - Parkville, Missouri

Adjunct Faculty Member in Graduate Education


1999 - 2001

Newman Grove Jr. High / High School - Newman Grove, Nebraska

7-12 Grade Teacher - American History, World History, Nebraska History, World Geography, Cultural Geography


1994 - 1999

Silver Lake Jr. High / High School - Roseland, Nebraska

7-12 Grade Teacher - American History, Government, World History, Sociology, World Geography, Nebraska History, History of Eastern Hemisphere



Professional Organizations and Offices Held



Missouri State Teachers Association Member

2001 - present


Liberty School District MSTA Organizational President

2010 - present


Discovery Middle School Building Leadership Team Committee Member

2004 - present


Liberty Public Schools District Technology Committee Member

2002 - present


TEAM Liberty Member - Teacher Representative Member

2009 - 2013


Clay County Historical Society & Museum Board Member

2006 - 2010   




Recognitions

2008 Missouri Teacher of the Year - Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education


2007 Liberty Public School District Teacher of the Year - Liberty, Missouri


2016 Harvard University Declaration of Independence Resources Teacher Advisory Board Member


2015 Mount Vernon Life Guard Research Fellow - Created Archaeology Curriculum for Middle School Classroom


2014 Missouri Sons of the American Revolution History Teacher of the Year


Google Certified Innovator – Selected as 2012 Google Teacher Academy participant – Google Headquarters


2012 Gilder Lehrman Institute of America History Missouri History Teacher of the Year


Named to Smithsonian National Museum of American History Teacher Advisory Board - 2009


Selected to participate in Liberty Today Forum to design Educational Resources – Monticello – July 2012


Selected as 2011 Keizai Koho Center Fellow – toured Japanese schools, industry and government


Selected by Missouri Department of Education to write state middle school history standards – 2011 – 2013


Named by Tech and Learning Magazine in September 2010 as one of 30 Most Influential Individuals to the Future of Educational Technology in the United States


2010 Ingram’s Magazine’s 40 Under 40 - Most Influential Leaders in Kansas City Under the Age of 40


Author of published articles on education, history and technology appearing in School Library Journal, Educational Leadership, Canadian History Magazine, The Idea Book, Discovery Education Resource Guide, School and Community, Cable in the Classroom Magazine


Producer of “Speaking of History” podcast and blog – 2005 to present – 200+ episodes with over 1 million total downloads and visitors to website from 165 countries


Smithsonian Increase Award Recipient for Education – Washington, DC – April 2009


Attended 2009 Project Zero Classroom Symposium at Harvard University with Smithsonian Education Group


2007 Recipient Governor’s Humanities Award for Education – Missouri Humanities Council


Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Missouri History Teacher - 2007 and National Finalist for the 2007 Daughters of the American Revolution National History Teacher of the Year


Invited by PBS to present at symposium on creating educational resources for the Ken Burns documentary “The War” – PBS Offices, Washington DC – February 2007


International Reading Association Presidential Award for Reading and Technology – Plains Regional Winner – “Hardtack to Hard Drives – Using Blogs, Podcasts and the Internet to Teach a Historical Civil War Novel” - 2007


National Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award – June 2006, Smithsonian - Washington DC - Pushing the Envelope in Educational Technology Category


Selected to the 2006 National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch List” for Educational Technology Leadership Over the Next 20 Years in the United States


Microsoft United States and Global Innovative Teacher Forum Participant – Seattle – 2005 and 2006


Time Warner Cable Crystal Apple Award – National Award Finalist - 2004, 2005 and 2007