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   


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