Bio

I am an educator and researcher with K-12 (6+ years) and college/university teaching experience (4+ years). I am certified to teach Spanish (P-12), English as a Second Language (P-12), English (5-12), social studies (5-12) biological sciences (5-12), and mathematics (5-9). I hold a Supervisor of Instruction (P-12) certification. At the college level I am qualified to teach education, leadership, research methods, public health, epidemiology, environmental science, biological sciences, and statistics. I am bilingual (English/Spanish).

I have been involved in public health-related research projects related to infectious disease, obesity and the built environment, occupational health indicators, and environmental health indicators. My current research applies epidemiology tools and biostatistical analyses to examine the relationship between teacher burnout and teacher mindfulness.

I earned my EdD from University of the Cumberlands. My dissertation research focused on mindfulness and burnout among teachers in Eastern Kentucky. I have an MAT (Spanish P-12) from Morehead State University, an MPH from East Carolina University, a BA in biology and Spanish from Emory & Henry College, and additional graduate hours in environmental science, public health, Spanish, and education. I have a TESOL certificate from Arizona State University.

I currently teach high school Spanish in Eastern Kentucky. I have also taught undergraduate science and public health courses and graduate-level education/pedagogy courses. Earlier in my teaching adventure I served as a graduate teaching assistant in public health and a teaching/lab instructor in biology and Spanish. I lived (and studied) in Mexico for two summers and have traveled extensively throughout the country. I have also studied Spanish language in the Dominican Republic and Spain and Hispanic culture in Puerto Rico and Colombia.

Education

2019 Doctor of Education (Concentration: Educational Leadership / Curriculum and Instruction)
University of the Cumberlands

2016 Master of Arts in Teaching (Concentration: Spanish P-12)
Morehead State University

2010 Master of Public Health (Concentration: Analysis and Management)
East Carolina University

2008 Bachelor of Arts (Biology and Spanish)
Emory & Henry College

Professional Certifications

Kentucky

Teaching Certifications: Spanish (P-12), ESL (P-12), Biology (HS), Science (MS), Math (MS), English (MS/HS), Social Studies (MS/HS)

Administrative Certification: Supervisor of Instruction (P-12)

Tennessee

Teaching Certifications: Spanish (P-12), ESL (P-12), Biology (HS), Science (MS), Math (MS), English (MS/HS)

Virginia

Teaching Certifications: Spanish (P-12), ESL (P-12), Biology (HS), Science (MS), Math (MS), English (MS/HS)

Research Links

ResearchGate Profile

Google Scholar Profile

Academia.edu Profile

OrcID