I have been teaching in higher education for over 11 years and I have been a social work practitioner since the early 90's. I have a BSW from Florida Atlantic University, an MSW from Florida International University, and an interdisciplinary PhD in education and social work from Colorado State University. I am also a licensed clinical social worker in Idaho and Colorado.
I have worked in child welfare and mental health since the beginning of my career but I also have experience in medical social work. I owned a private practice and provided psychotherapy services to children and families prior to returning to school to obtain my PhD. During this time, I worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Florida. While attending graduate school, I worked as a research associate at Colorado State University in the Social Work Research Center. This experience gave me an appreciation and better understanding of the connection between social work practice and research.
I am currently an assistant professor at Lewis-Clark State College. My research interests are child welfare and mental health. I am also interested in student and program assessment. My primary teaching areas include micro social work practice, child welfare and research. I approach teaching similarly to how I approach my practice as a social worker; as a guide in a process. I consider students and teachers mutually responsible for creating and engaging in a positive learning environment.
I am married and have three children, all boys, ages 24, 22, and 8. I enjoy reading crime novels and mysteries, hiking, camping, and amateur photography. My family and I like to take road trips, sometimes just jumping in our vehicle and driving without a plan. Our favorite place is in the mountains, checking out wildlife and finding new places to explore.