Transformative Teaching

Embark on a journey with me as we delve into the dynamic world of higher education leadership. I’m deeply passionate about fostering growth and innovation in academia, and my dedication to this mission runs deep. Education isn’t just my profession; it’s woven into the very fabric of my identity.

With a diverse teaching background spanning all educational levels, I bring a wealth of experience. My journey commenced as a first-generation college student at the College of Saint Rose, where I immersed myself in learning while supporting my education through peer tutoring. From those early days, I harbored a genuine desire to one day have a classroom.

My commitment to education transcends traditional boundaries. During graduate school, I even dedicated weekends to teaching horseback riding lessons, fostering outdoor exploration, and empowering young minds to find liberation on horseback. While my path to becoming an educator may not have been conventional, I’ve always believed in the transformative power of education as the ultimate equalizer.

Join me as we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of higher education together. Let’s explore new horizons and embark on a journey of educational leadership that promises to shape the future of learning.

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai

Dive into my education and professional development journey, shaped by an unwavering passion for teaching and a steadfast commitment to student success.

My venture into graduate studies sparked a pivotal shift in my career trajectory. Balancing work and academics led me to embrace a role as a substitute teacher at Maple Hill, my alma mater. This experience ignited a profound love for the classroom, prompting me to redirect my path from law school to the field of education. Thus began my teaching odyssey at Voorheesville High School in upstate New York. I had the privilege of guiding exceptional 11th and 12th graders in social studies, specializing in participation in government and economics.

Driven by a deep-rooted dedication to education, I embraced a part-time adjunct professorship at Columbia-Greene Community College, seamlessly aligning with my pursuit of academic excellence. The genuine joy I found in diverse learning environments propelled me toward a full-time instructor role in 2010, eventually culminating in a well-deserved promotion to Assistant Professor. Today, I proudly hold the Associate Professor of History position at C-GCC.

In addition to my role at C-GCC, I’ve been privileged to contribute to post-graduate courses and programs at the State University of New York Center for Professional Development. This involvement reflects my expertise in assessment leadership and institutional effectiveness. Furthermore, I extend my commitment to student success beyond C-GCC. I serve as an instructor for College Success and Information Literacy courses at Excelsior University, ensuring students acquire transferable skills crucial for success in any career path.

Beyond my professional endeavors, I find immense fulfillment in mentoring others and staying true to the foundational essence of education.

Come and explore my educational journey and professional evolution, fueled by a passion for teaching and a relentless pursuit of student empowerment.

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor of History 2010-Present
Additional Teaching Interests/Experience: Political Science/ Psychology/Philosophy /Sociology/College Experience
Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson, New York

Select Achievements

  • Recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015
  • Recipient of SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador, 2017
  • Awarded Tenure, 2012
  • Faculty Council Chair voted by faculty and adjunct faculty for three consecutive years until term limit.
  • Invited to deliver lecture and presentation on history and political science topics to three community and college groups including the Hudson Area Public Library, the Columbia-Greene Community Development Program, Gemini Concert Lecture Series and the Women’s Fortnightly Club Hudson chapter.
  • Co-Developer of ConnecTs, an online teaching and learning center for faculty.
  • Mentored and taught COARC college geography and historiography and well as civic engagement and animal advocacy programming to diverse and non-traditional college students.
  • Facilitated noted guest speakers and hosted public events such as recognition of local historians from Columbia-and Greene Counties and surrounding communities.

Institutional Effectiveness Course Developer and Instructor 2015-Present
SUNY Center for Professional Development, OPEN SUNY

Instructor of College Success 2016-Present
Excelsior University, Albany, New York

Professional Tutor 2016-Present
Varsity Tutors, Albany, New York

Social Studies Teacher- Grades 11 and 12 2008-2009
Voorheesville, New York