Fostering healthy, reciprocal relationships is what drives me as an educator. To me, a mutualistic and empowering relationship is paramount for student learning and student outcomes. Generally speaking, I prefer to build connection between students and myself by attending to different styles of learning. I hope this creates connection between students as well.
Additionally, the liberation of students and communities is a critical component in what motivates me as an instructor. In my tenure as a school counselor, I witnessed the oppression and marginalization that can occur in an educational system if a learner does not comply with the dominant culture. And my focus on social justice goes beyond the walls of the classroom. I think counselor training programs have the unique opportunity to provide students avenues for involvement in their community through the use of service learning projects. I believe this can foster critical consciousness within the student while liberating people from social injustices.
As a counselor educator, I hope to facilitate learning regarding the ‘how to’ of being a counselor while offering an opportunity for students to develop a sense of self through the use of a relational-based classroom and a focus on social justice. I hope to create a classroom community that promotes a learning environment where students feel they matter on a professional and personal level. Ultimately, I believe this will yield competent, ethically-minded, socially-just counselors.
Okay, while all the above is true and important to me, I am also highly motivated by fun and humor...don't be fooled by what some may view as dry information. I LOVE my profession and this is demonstrated by laughter. I welcome challenges and I can handle serious business when it is necessary, especially if humor can be present when appropriate.
Social justice and multiculturalism in school settings
Supervision training programs
I received my doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University in 2017. I grew up in Montana and received my bachelor's as well as master's degree from Montana State University. I then practiced as a school counselor at all levels K-12 for 10 years.
Ph. D. Counselor Education and Counseling
M. Ed. School Counseling
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
McKinley, H., Langellier, K., DeLeon, A., Avery, D., Tribitt, T., & Lamb, B. (2017). Implementing a pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design: A cohort model of collaborative research. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473977815
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
American School Counselor Association
Counselors for Social Justice