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Education Writer and Consultant

About Me

I am a teacher, professor, curriculum designer, mentor, instructional coach, consultant, and writer. As an educator, I have worked in secondary schools and universities on the East and West coasts, El Salvador, and the Netherlands. 

My experience with high school English teaching, curriculum design, project-based learning, teacher induction, instructional coaching and mentoring, and teacher education reform provides an essential foundation for writing on education topics, participating in teacher preparation panels, and presenting both locally and internationally.

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Law & Politics

My Writing Samples

English Teaching Professional: Audience and Purpose

Weird Al Yankovic's ‘Word Crimes’ approaches writing and grammatically-related issues in a fun and engaging way, and this article is the first in a series aimed at using various aspects of the song in the classroom as a relevant teaching tool centered on writing for audience and purpose.


Five Ways to Incorporate Choice for Middle and High School Reading and Writing

When students have a say in their learning, research suggests they are much more motivated and engaged. And when more engaged, they are more likely to experience a sense of purpose, get into a flow of reading and writing, and develop key reading and writing skills, perseverance, and creativity.


Adolescent Brain Development: A Foundation for Teaching, Learning, Identity, and Agency

Over the past decade, there have been considerable scientific advancements in how we understand adolescent brain development. This article highlights three important stages that require specific considerations for adolescent teaching and learning contexts.


Three Tips for First-Year Teachers

This article highlights three specific strategy suggestions for first-year teachers: ways to (1) track teaching and learning progress, (2) devise impactful instruction, and (3) form a meaningful teaching and learning support community.



Education Writer and Consultant

I provide education writing and consulting services to individuals, schools, teacher-preparation programs, and education-minded businesses and organizations.

Company: Scarlett Education/Writeably, based in San Francisco, California USA

I worked there from 9/2007 until now

Adjunct Professor of Teacher Education

I teach Curriculum Development and Design, the capstone course for the Teacher Education masters program.

Company: University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California USA

I worked there from 6/2016 until now

Induction Program Coordinator

Planned, organized, coordinated and implemented operations, activities, educational services and support functions for the Reach Professional Teacher Induction Program. Led induction program redesign effort to align with revised state induction program standards. Coordinated and facilitated coaching/mentoring training, observation cycles and supports.

Company: Reach Institute for School Leadership, Oakland, California USA

I worked there from 7/2015 until 7/2017

English Teacher Educator/Professor

Instructor in both bachelor and master-level English Education programs. Courses included American Literature, American Culture, Introduction to Action Research (bachelor program), and Academic Writing, Methodology, Research and Professional Development, and Second Language Acquisition (master program). Additional responsibilities in research advising and formal and evaluative assessment of student teachers.

Company: Han University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, Netherlands

I worked there from 8/2012 until 7/2015

Senior Trainer, English

Instructor of Academic Writing and Presentation Skills courses at master and doctoral levels. Past responsibilities included temporarily overseeing the department's Intensive English Program (IEP) for university students, professors, and non-university professionals, including famous Dutch tv personality Yvonne Jaspers.

Company: Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

I worked there from 1/2011 until 7/2015

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