Following family tradition (Military or Forest Service), my whole life and career path is being a Civil Servant. Right after high school and while attending the University of Idaho, I worked for the Payette National Forest for eight years. My experience there ranged from Wilderness Trail crew, Fire Lookout, Helitack and Fire Prevention Officer. After moving to Rock Springs and joining Western Wyoming Community College 1997, I have had the pleasure of teaching a wide range of topics in different locations as an adjunct instructor: downhill skiing and snowshoeing (nights and weekends), Cultural Anthropology and North American Indians (Green River Center) plus Computer Basics, Option III, ABE, ESL and GED community courses on the main campus, the Green River Campus and at the Sweetwater Correction Center. Now as a Professor of Developmental Studies, the topics I teach range from Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, plus 1st Year Success on the main campus and online.
As Co-Director to the Learning Center, I supervise the Peer Tutor Center, all credit courses within the Developmental Studies Program on campus, online and in Outreach. These courses range from all HMDV, BAS, DVST and MATH0900, MATH0720 and MATH0760. While living and working in Wyoming, I completed a Masters and Doctoral program at the University of Wyoming. Earning these graduate degrees and continuing to work with community and college students has solidified within me the power of education. Education can address inequalities that impact women, lower social classes, first generation college students and students turning to education after serving in the military.
Professional memberships in:
National Center for Developmental Education
National Organization for Student Success
Association for Middle Level Education
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges
Institute of Developmental Studies
I have been a teacher for over thirty years. I started out teaching English to junior
high students in Fruita, Colorado; then, I taught English to high school students
in Gillette, Wyoming. I landed my current job here at Western Wyoming Community College
in 2000. I teach a variety of classes at Western Wyoming Community College: Writing
Skills, Grammar Skills, College Vocabulary, Reading Skills, Speed Reading, Spelling
Skills, First Year Success, Internship: Tutor Training, Critical Reading/Critical
Thinking, Adult Secondary Education (ASE) Writing and ASE Reading. I have also taught
evening English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, ESL Writing, ESL Conversation,
ESL Listening, Basic English I, Basic English II, College Summer Institute, English
1010, and English 1020. In addition, I assist any student (or employee) on writing
assignments. I love the variety of students and the variety of classes I teach!
Lifelong learning is a central part of my life. While I have many favorite quotes about teaching, my current favorite is by Oprah Winfrey: "The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." Many students hate to read and/or hate to write. I believe that changing students' attitudes regarding these two important life skills can absolutely change their futures for the better. When not teaching, I enjoy reading, writing, camping, shopping, and traveling. Stop by in my office to say hi!
I have been an ESL (English as a Second Language)/ABE (Adult Basic Education)/HiSet
(High School Equivalency) instructor for the Learning Center at Western since 2002,
however, in summer 2016, I was promoted to full-time faculty position of Instructor
of Developmental Studies. As such, I continue to instruct adults in college in the
college credit and non-credit classes which are offered through the Learning Center.
My philosophy of teaching adults begins first and foremost with the idea that education is critically important for everyone. Education leads to having more options and making better choices in life. One very important role for me as an instructor is to explain this philosophy to learners through real life experiences, both theirs and mine, and to regularly relate the how and why of learning new information and skills in the classroom to real world situations. A second crucial instructional role for me is to foster a learning environment where students feel relaxed yet challenged, and where it is understood that the responsibility for learning belongs to them. Adults will work hard and persevere through difficult topics especially when they have ownership in their educational processes. My goals as an instructor are to encourage my students to be autonomous life-long learners and critical disseminators of knowledge and to provide these students with the tools necessary to achieve these ideals.
My husband and I were lifelong residents of the east coast until we moved to Rock Springs in 2001 when my husband, Bud, accepted a full-time faculty position in the Biology department at Western. We enjoy living in the west, and our hobbies include hiking with our dogs, playing golf, and traveling in our RV'ing to achieve an associate degree and be well prepared to enter a 4-year institution to finish their bachelor degree.
Yo hablo Español
I am originally from Venezuela in South America, but now I am a US citizen. I started working in the Learning Center in 2000 and am bilingual in English and Spanish. I work with ELA, ABE and ASE students. My primary duties are grading, testing language levels, tracking attendance, translating, administering language computer programs, calculating Test Mate scores, and more. When I am not working, I enjoy: listening to music, cooking, Zumba, and walking.