Please describe yourself in one sentene.
I am an Associate Professor at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Fulbright Scholar, and a researcher and lecturer in the field of trauma.
How has your professional journey led you to your current position?
I wanted to continue to provide trauma instruction to Estonian teachers. I reached out to Dr. Tiia Ōun and was able to meet with her and a group of faculty when I was in Tallinn in 2019. I was thrilled when Dr. Tammemäe asked me to teach a class! This led to several classes and now a Visiting Professor position!
Why did you choose Tallinn University as your new place of work?
When I left Estonia in 2018 at the conclusion of my Fulbright work, I very much wanted to stay connected to Estonia. Tallinn University has a wonderful education program. I was very interested in partnering with the department!
What is your biggest achievement and / or biggest dream?
Two beautiful daughters and a 31-year marriage! Professionally, my biggest achievement has been my Fulbright Scholar work in 2018 and the invitation to join Tallinn University as a Visiting Professor!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to knit! I take my knitting into faculty meetings and I knit while I teach!
Recommend us a book or a movie that impacted you.
"Paper Tigers". This movie provides a raw, honest, true account of teens who have experienced trauma and chronic stress. It reminds me of why I am passionate about teaching trauma-informed practices.