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What was your previous position and where?I was a doctoral student at the University of New Orleans.
What brought you to LSU?Hurricane Katrina. I was completing my dissertation research when the hurricane hit New Orleans. My fiancé and I relocated to Zachary, where I continued to work on finishing my Ph.D. I applied for a position, had a wonderfully delightful hour-long conversation with my department chair, Dr. Earl Cheek, and the rest is history ... or should I say present.
What are your research interests?My areas of research interest include differentiated instruction, effective and innovative instructional strategies, social supports for in-service teachers, inclusive educational practices, and culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope to instill a deep passion for education and continuous learning in my students. I want my students to develop a sense of purpose when it comes to educating America's youth. I hope to instill in them the urgent need to become informed, engaged, insightful educators who always remember to think on a global level but to take action on a local level.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?My students! I live to teach my classes! My students are so energetic, entertaining, congenial, considerate, hilarious and thoughtful. We have a great time in class discussing contemporary issues in education, and because of my students I have become more dedicated to my professional growth.
What are your major accomplishments?I have achieved many things professionally and personally that I am proud to mention. Professionally, my major accomplishments are having two book chapters published. One book chapter was in "Transition Education & Services for Adolescents With Disabilities" 5th Edition (2010), and the other was in "Developing Life Skills in Transitions and Students With Disabilities: Facilitating the Movement from School to Adult Life" 2nd Edition (2008). Personally, my accomplishments include serving as a founding board member for Success Preparatory Academy, a charter elementary school in New Orleans founded in 2009, where, for the past two years, I have served as the board president. I am also an advisory board member of Breakthrough NOLA, a program that serves students in underperforming schools and helps them acquire the advanced skills necessary to attend college. In addition to this, I served for more than five years on the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children’s Executive Committee, in a variety of leadership roles.