Curriculum Vitae


2012   Doctor of Philosophy in Education – Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dissertation: Vipassana Meditation and Teacher Decision-making.

2007   Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership – Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois

Masters thesis: The Power of Intention and Education.

1997   Bachelors of Music Education – Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois


02/2015   Co-presented a full-day workshop: “Using Mindfulness & Awareness to Build Intrinsic Motivation” – Kane County ROE PD Institute Day.

01/2014   Clinic and Presentation: “Noticing the Space Between the Notes While Moving to Life’s Tempo” at the Illinois Music Education Association Conference.

06/2013   Research Presentation and Workshop: “Taking Pause in the Classroom” at the 2nd International Conference of Spirituality and Music Education – Spirituality, Music and Education in a Cultural Context, Vilnius, Lithuania.

09/2012   Presented Dissertation Research “Vipassana Meditation and Teacher Decision-making” at the Walden University Research Symposium.


2006 Received the “Golden Apple Award” for outstanding teaching in the West Aurora School District 129.

2004 Received the Dispatch/Rock Island Argues “Master Teacher Award.”

2003 Received the WHBF Channel 4 News “Quad Cities Best Teacher Award.”

2003 Received the “Tenacious Tiger Award” for outstanding service and dedication from the staff at Sherrard.

2002 Received the “Celebration of Excellence,” award from the Superintendent of Sherrard Schools.