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What was your previous position and where?I had several jobs prior to coming to LSU. I began my career investigating crimes against children at the Louisiville Police Department in Kentucky, I received my master's degree from Vanderbilt and I served in Tenessee where I was comprehensively licensed as an elementary, middle and high school counselor. I received my Ph. D. from the University of Central Florida, where I was a graduate assistant studying the manifestation of green and the development of altruism. In 2007, I came to LSU.
What brought you to LSU?As I was interviewing around the country, I was most drawn to LSU because of the issues of poverty and educational disparity among populations in the East Baton Rouge area. I wanted to work with a school system that needed an immense amount of change to address issues of equity, justice and to promote the potential of each child as a learner and citizen.
What is your research interest?My research interests include school counselor development, particularly in the areas of induction, advocacy and leadership, and holistic wellness therapies, specifically physical and spiritual wellness.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope to continue to promote the growth of the school counseling program at LSU and I would like to see Louisiana move to contemporary school counseling approaches that will assist K-12 students in gaining access to post-secondary options. In addition, I am working on writing a grant to foster self-regulatory behaviors in middle and high school students and a book on K-12 career development theory.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?My students! I have very hard-working students, several of them have won national and state awards. No matter how high my standards are or how many challenges I give them, they manage to exceed my expectations and they have great attitudes toward learning. I learn as much from them as they do from me!
What are your major accomplishments?I would say restructuring the school counseling curriculum and being included on the state’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence are my major accomplishments. The commission, appointed by BESE, the Board of Regents and the Office of the Governor, has members from many educational backgrounds. I was really honored to be chosen to participate.