- Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Northern Iowa, 2008
Dissertation: "Thriving, Coping, Surviving, Hoping: Negotiating the First Year of Teaching"
- M.A.E., Educational Leadership, University of Northern Iowa, 2001
- B.A., Elementary Education and Music, Luther College, 1982
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