My main area of expertise is in education. However I do participate in
academic assessment for the purpose of data collection on student
progress and retention of course materials. This data is used to assess
teaching methods and pedagogy from different course sections and
instructors. This is done in the hopes of producing a better and more
effective learning environment for our students.
A Military brat since birth, I traveled the world with my parents who
were both enlisted in the Air Force. Eventually retiring to the Black
Hills of SD.
I had an interest in science from an early age and a passion for
anything from the Science Fiction or Horror genres. Halloween is my
I enrolled at the SD Mines in '97 as a Physics Major, graduating in 2002
and immediately entered the masters program in Materials Engineering
& Sciences. I received my Masters in 2005 and began teaching
freshmen level courses for the Physics department while pursuing my
second masters in Technology Management. In 2007 I began working as an
instructor at Sylvan Learning Center and National American University.
In 2011, I returned to school to receive my Masters
equivalent/Certification in 7-12 public education for the state of SD in
the areas of Physics, Mathematics, Physical Science and 7-12
In 2012 I returned to SD Mines. I currently teach courses in Physics
& Astronomy and am advisor to the Society of Physics Students.
I believe in a classroom with a safe and informal atmosphere where the
students are comfortable working with me as well as with other students.
I want students to be able to speak their mind when it comes to issues
with the material and/or the class. This includes student
participation and discussing during class.
I believe in building a personal relationship of trust with my students.
For only when a student trusts you can they truly learn from you. As
such; I make it a point to approach my students outside of class to say
hello and get to know them on a more social and personal level.
I have a great passion for all things science and math related and enjoy
sharing that knowledge with my students. I love to see the look in the
eyes of a student when they learn something new or see how the content
material connects to and affects their lives and careers.
I’m constantly seeking new opportunities to engage with my students,
fellow staff and faculty members, because I learn just as much from them
as my students do from me.