WHAT AREA DO YOU TEACH?
Field Education/Seminar for Social Work Practicum Students, Understanding Social and Cultural Diversity, Social Work Practice II- Mezzo Practice, Mental Health Social Work Elective
Bachelor of Science of Social Work 2014- Southeast Missouri State University
Master of Social Work 2016- Southern Illinois University Carbondale
YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
My teaching philosophy is facilitating a classroom experience that is a mutual learning environment. I utilize open dialogue and communication among students to encourage the learning experiences and sharing of perspectives to meet the end goal of the course. By supporting the inquisitive mind of those within the classroom, my hopes are to create a learning experience that delves deeper than the face value of education.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TEACH?
I chose to teach due to my desire to give back to the profession and the broader community. My goals are to empower and promote students as they challenge the issues of the world. If I can spark the interest or passion that I hold for the profession in one of my students, I then know that I have accomplished my goal of changing the world.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Safety, Self-Determination, Suicide Prevention, and Ethical Social Work Practice: Safety and the Role of Social Workers in Assessment of Suicide (Southeast Missouri State University Social Work Program)-2020
CIT Officer Training- Reducing Stigma of Mental Health 2018- Current
AFSP Stronger Communities- LGBTQ+: State Conference Speaker- Apr 2017
Suicide Prevention Conference Speaker: 2017 & 2018
Self Love- What does that really mean?
Sparks- Empowering youth to find their spark
Mercy Health Suicide Prevention Conference: Sparks- Empowering youth to find their spark 2018
ORGANIZATION WITH WHICH YOU ARE INVOLVED
Community Counseling Center
BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
Be ready to ask questions. I have a standard that the only dumb question is the one left unasked. Learn early to ask questions about everything and seek knowledge of the world.
Start to work on skills that assist with seeing the world in shades of grey. Being flexible beyond the boundaries of black and white thinking helps to open your mind to the world and what you might learn from not only your classes, but others around you.
You got this. Challenge self-doubt and the voices that indicate otherwise. You have the aptitude to accomplish more than you can see in the current moment.