Address: P.O. Box 37100 Box 3151, Phoenix, AZ 85069
Ph.D., Instructional and Curricular Studies, University of Nevada Las Vegas
M.Ed., Educational Technology, University of Nevada Las Vegas
B.A., Secondary Education, English, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Magna Cum Laude
2014-present: Arizona State University, Associate Professor,
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
2008-2014: Arizona State University, Assistant Professor,
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
2004-2008: University of Nevada Las Vegas, Visiting Lecturer,
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology
2002-2004: University of Nevada Las Vegas, Teacher Development Coordinator, Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach
2001-2002: University of Nevada Las Vegas, Educational Technology Specialist,
1996-1999 Clark County School District, Classroom Teacher, Grades 6, 7, and 8
Some things I like:
Book - The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker
Podcast - NYT's The Daily
Poem - If I Controlled the Internet - by Rives
City - Seattle, WA
Music - Singer/Songwriter/Coffeehouse
Song - Paint - The Paper Kites
Sport - Baseball (Go Mariners!)
Blog/Blog post: From "Time to go" by Nathan Bishop, formerly of Lookout Landing (my absolute favorite geeky affinity space):
"My favorite thing about baseball is its depth, and richness. I know of no other sports, perhaps no other activity, that provides a wider breadth of possible engagement to more people than this silly game. It meets the young and old, sick and healthy, American and foreign, wherever we are when we come to it. It serves as a shared family legacy, an escape from poverty, a lifelong hobby, a place for mathematicians and poets to walk, if not arm and arm, at least astride each other.
It is a game that can be taken in so casually, with the utmost nonchalance. Its pace and rhythms allow the space for your words, your conversation, your wandering focus. It will still be there, whenever you decide to circle back. Maybe that beautiful crack will sound out, and you'll be forced back in a way that doesn't feel rude, or harsh; a grateful interruption.
It is an ocean we cannot find the bottom to, no matter how deep we swim. It's a game with history extending a century and a half, and we still, no matter how much we look at, probe, poke, twist, warp, and examine it, cannot reveal all its secrets. In a world so well mapped, so well known, there is such a freedom to knowing our game can inspire so many great minds to bend their efforts to finding more, to understanding it.
It is every bit of both these things, and all of the space in between. I have spent my entire life loving baseball, as a casual, emotional youth, and as an obsessive, (slightly) less emotional adult. Whoever I was, wherever I was, baseball has met me, and shown to me whichever part of itself I needed most, at that time. It is, I am convinced, the single greatest game we humans have ever devised.
For myself, finding the connecting point between people and the game was my joy. Watching so many, and so diverse a group of people learn to love the game, or appreciate it, consider it, and intake it in perhaps a slightly different way than before, was a daily pleasure. The community of Mariner fans is one the most positive, thoughtful, giving, and genuinely loving groups of people I have ever known."
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and
lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble,
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
Many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the council of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars,
you have a right to be here,
and whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding exactly as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.