About Me

I am an English Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny, Iowa. Here is my DMACC instructor website

I teach such courses as American Literature, Mythology, Creative Writing, Science Fiction, African-American Literature, and Composition.

I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Texas State University-San Marcos. I have twelve years of experience teaching English to college students, including time as a tutor (3 years), a teaching assistant (3 years), and an adjunct instructor (6 years). I joined the full-time faculty at DMACC in Ankeny in January 2012. In addition,  I have taught for Texas State University-San Marcos, Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas, and Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Teaching Philosophy

I am interested in teaching the whole student and inspiring a commitment to lifelong learning. The teacher-student relationship does not merely consist of a one-way transfer of knowledge. Instead, learning is a dynamic activity that requires reflection, action, collaboration, and direct application. Increasingly, the teacher must find ways to integrate technology into the classroom setting in order to reach students wherever they might be. The classroom, then, is not a physical location, but a series of meaningful connections made between people and ideas.

My goal as a teacher is nothing short of setting my students free. I value autonomy, creativity, novelty, and intrinsic motivation. I believe that questions are more important than answers. (Answers are important, too.) I think that process is just as important as the end result. Problem-finding is more important than problem-solving (which is cool as well). I believe students write their best work when exploring their interests. My least favorite question: “Is this how you want me to do it?”

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