Welcome to North and African and Asian World Studies! I am so thrilled to be teaching this fascinating freshman class. My journey here has been interesting and varied. I have an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from UW-Madison. I began my career in health care planning and marketing, and worked for medical centers in Illinois and Wisconsin. Teaching is my second career. I earned my teaching license from UW-Milwaukee, and spent ten years teaching in Minneapolis. I have taught at North High since 2000, and was the recipient of a Kohl Fellowship in 2009. I believe that the study of Africa and Asia can be made richer and more meaningful through authentic historical analysis, literacy and the arts.
I write poetry in my spare time, and am a proud member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. I’m also the poetry club advisor at North. There are so many ways to explore and play in this world, and we all experience things in a way that gives us a unique voice. You have something to say. It’s your turn to speak.