Photo by Dan Morrison, 2020
Photo by Bryce Dole, 2019, Prince William Sound, Alaska
I am an independent photographer, storyteller and educator based in Eugene, OR.
I completed the graduate program in journalism at the University of Oregon in June 2020. While in grad school, I worked as the Civic Science Communications graduate employee within the Office of Research and Innovation and the Science Communication Research Center.
Since 2020, I have worked on independent multimedia projects while finding ways to blend education and storytelling. I have worked as an English Language Specialist with the U.S. Department of State to collaborate virtually with Mexican teachers producing English-language podcasts for students at home during the pandemic, and to teach science communication with Russian scientists.
I also have a Masters of Arts in Teaching (2009) and a BA in Comparative Literature and Art with a concentration in Writing (2005).
I worked as an educator in formal education settings since 2007, and in outdoor or experiential ones since 1998. In Oregon, I taught high school English Language Arts, Social Studies and English for Speakers of Other Languages as well as writing for the adult basic education program at Lane Community College. I also developed curriculum and provided professional development support for teachers in rural Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2011-2013, in Sudan as an English Language Fellow funded by the U.S. Department of State in 2015-2016, and in Egypt as a contractor with AMIDEAST in 2017. I love to experience new things, and have worked on horse ranches, at summer camps, as a backcountry trip leader, and as a coordinator for volunteers.
I am passionate about traveling, reading, backpacking, horseback riding, skiing, fly fishing, cycling, running and eating new foods (preferably cooked on sticks along roadsides around the world).