In Jamaica, my entire career was in Education. I was a Social Studies teacher/professor at the secondary and tertiary levels then, a curriculum consultant, and author of textbooks. My sojourn in the US has continued my path in the Education field but this time in Student Affairs. Education found me while I was looking elsewhere for a career. I had no idea that my degrees in International Relations and Public Administration would take me on this exciting journey. Looking back over the life of my career, I am very satisfied with my choices and feel very blessed to have had the opportunities that came my way. Being a first generation student, I am keenly aware of the importance of education and I am passionate about helping students grow into their potential. When I am not helping students, I'm enjoying my four adorable grandchildren.
I am a Decorah native who spent a long time away (living in New Mexico, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Twin Cities), and I’m happy to be back in the area and a part of the Luther community. With a background in landscape design, horticulture, and environmental studies, I’ve had an extremely varied set of work experiences as well as personal travel opportunities. I am excited to be a part of the vibrant CIES community, and learn more about the many countries and cultures represented at Luther. I live in Freeport with my husband and two young children.
I am the first to tell students that one never knows what you're going to be when you "grow up". As a student of biology and later outdoor education, it's somewhat surprising that I have worked as an international education professional for almost 20 years. The time I spend with international and multicultural students and the opportunities I have for personal travel and exploration create in me a desire to know and try to understand the many cultures we have represented at Luther. The educator side of me loves to help, teach, and empower students to take risks, to advocate for themselves, and to grow here at Luther and beyond. I especially love hearing from our alums about what they're now doing to make our world a better place.