In my early twenties, freshly graduated from The College of Saint Benedict, I found myself teaching composition: as a grad student at Western Washington University, I had 26 first year writers of my very own to experiment upon. After graduation, I spent two years as a “Freeway flyer,” teaching all kinds of writing classes between South Seattle Community College, Highline, Green River, and Bellevue. In 2003, I accepted a full-time, tenure-track position at Green River, and I spent the next seven years teaching literature, planning events for students, developing curriculum, supporting learning communities, and a host of other activities as part of that community.
In 2010 I left for London to write The Great American Novel About England (specifically Shakespeare). Nothing went as planned, and I learned a lot about writing, Shakespeare, London, and the beauty of mistakes and failures. All I could think about was how much more effective I would be as a teacher. I had an opportunity to return to teaching through Clark College, and I threw myself back into teaching for the next two years.
May of 2013, my dream job opened up: Program Administrator for Faculty Development. In this role, my classroom is much bigger– I have the opportunity to be continually in conversation with other teachers about assessment, learning, and teaching. From leading state-wide convenings (like the New Faculty Institute and the spring Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference) to individual faculty-to-faculty coaching, I support the faculty of the two year and technical colleges in Washington State in a range of ways.