What does this award mean to you?
I am very honored to receive this award and to represent the School of Education at Utah Valley University. This award is special in that it recognizes not only teaching, but research and service. I have been very diligent in making connections between these three areas over my past three years at UVU.
How do you feel your time at the UF College of Education prepared you for your career trajectory?
[The college] supported me in developing my skills as a teacher by providing me with multiple opportunities to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in both face-to-face and online environments. I was also supported as a researcher who was able to connect my passion for technology integration and asset-based teaching while serving a local after school program.
What are your thoughts about the concept of transforming education and strengthening society?
It is time for another paradigm shift in education. Students are coming with a variety of assets and challenges that have not been recognized in the past. The one size fits all curriculum is not fitting their needs and we must be open to shifting our thinking about how content is delivered. Students need a chance to delve deeper into concepts and move away from rote memorization of facts. I am especially hopeful for the new SEEd standards that have incorporated engineering standards. I am also excited about working on the new K-5 Computer Science standards here in the state of Utah.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
As a three-time UF graduate I miss the community, but know we all have important work to do across this country.