I first came to PSU as a doctoral student in 2010. I began teaching in (then) Child and Family Studies in 2013, and taught as an adjunct and non-tenure track instructor before serving as an assistant professor in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Like many PSU students, I grew up in here in the Northwest.
Prior to returning to university to complete a bachelor's degree in 2007, I worked in child care and youth work, including ten years in a Washington-state funded early childhood education program for children from low-income families. I taught writing workshops with Washington State University Vancouver's At Home At School program, and have done research and advocacy work with current and former foster youth.
I'm interested in the relational experiences of first-generation college students, and in understanding how campuses can enhance access and inclusion for underrepresented students more generally. I'm also still thinking and writing about the experiences of foster youth aging out of care.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, running, time with family and friends, and walking in the beautiful forests that surround us.