Welcome to my portfolio ...
I am currently Director of Achieving the Dream Initiatives and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin. When I completed the work represented in this portfolio, I was Assistant Head of School at Conserve School, a conservation-based semester school for high school juniors, where I oversaw the academic program. At that time, I was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where I taught curriculum development and instructional methods in the Graduate Program in Residential Environmental Education.
The image you see above shows a student's gloved hands holding a monarch she has just tagged. I planted and maintained a butterfly garden, and collected and tagged monarchs, with students as part of a citizen science project for seven years while I worked at Conserve School.
In 2008, about the same time that I started the butterfly project, I was looking for a new academic challenge. The fast-growing and ever-changing field of educational technology seemed an obvious choice. As a result, I began the MSU MAET online program.
This portfolio highlights how I grew professionally through my experiences in the Michigan State University Master of Arts in Educational Technology program.
(All header photos on this site were taken by Mary Anna Thornton at Conserve School, as part of the University of Minnesota Monarch Larva Monitoring Project and Monarch Watch programs.)