University of Florida (Political Science)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Master's)
Doane College, Lincoln, NE (MEd)
My work at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the Harvest of Hope Foundation, and Camp Thunderbird South Dakota has instilled in me a strong belief in multi-cultural inclusion. The local community and Nebraska in general, has a rich history of Native American culture I feel must be incorporated into the curriculum. While at the UNL I worked as a graduate assistant in the Indigenous Roots Program. The program is one of the few in the nation with the goal of getting indigenous schools. While with the program I worked one on one with the local communities of the Omaha, Santee Sioux, Winnebago, and many other tribes.
For the past 3 years I have worked with a Native Youth Camp in South Dakota called Camp Thunderbird South Dakota. The organization runs a two week summer camp for students that live on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations in grades 3-8. The camp seeks to empower native youth through outdoor and educational experiences. My work with the camp remains close to my heart and one I am very passionate about. A passion that is rooted in an authentic interest in Native education and cultural respect.
As for my background, I have a Master of Political Science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and am recently completed the Masters of Education in Curriculum from Doane College. My areas of certification include Secondary Social Sciences (7-12) and English as a Second Language (K-12). In addition I am currently enrolled in an online IB Certification program through the University of California San Marcos. The focus of the IB program matches my own personal belief in providing students with a deeper understanding and the tools to become life-long learners through inquiry based methods. I anticipate to graduate from this program in October of 2015.
On a final note, I have always believed that communication is the fundamental building block in all relationships, and this is especially true in education. Everything hinges on the relationship between students, teachers, and the community. Good classroom management, student success, and parent-teacher communication all depends on the relationship a teacher builds with their students.
I am certified to teach K-12 ELL in the state of Nebraska. I have taught primarily level 1 students.
I have 2 masters degrees. One is a masters of Political Science and the other is Masters of Education.
My work at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the Harvest of Hope Foundation, and Camp Thunderbird South Dakota has instilled in me a strong belief in multi-cultural inclusion. The local community and Nebraska in general, has a rich history of Native American culture I feel must be incorporated into the curriculum. While at the UNL I
As an undergraduate I studied comparative politics in a wide range of courses. My main focus was on public administration and immigration policy. My master's degree continues to focus on comparative politics but leaned heavily on political theory. My masters thesis was based on a theoretical debate between contemporary political theorist and their possible answers to the immigration debate.