About me

This is my personal blog, although it’s focus is related to my profession, Education. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and based on my experience as a teacher, policy analyst, researcher, and university professor.

I am an associate professor with the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and President Elect of the SFU Faculty Association. I work with the SFU Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy and my primary teaching area is in Educational Leadership. Working with two other editors, I edit the open access peer reviewed International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership (www.ijepl.org). I am also active in the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Research Use, having served past terms as Chair and Program Chair. I’ve worked on school health issues in BC, Canada, and internationally though organization that include the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, the Joint Consortium for School Health, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

I joined SFU after serving as Senior Policy Analyst for the U.S.-based Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, where I focused on federal and state legislative issues. Prior to joining ASCD, I spent five years working on state policy issues related to teacher quality at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. I taught high school English in alternative and mainstream schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, and through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program I taught English to middle school students in rural Japan.

My research interests include the use and misuse of research in teaching, policymaking, and issue advocacy; the impact of high stakes accountability and assessment programs on educational systems; and school health approaches to systemic education reform. I earned my doctorate from American University, in Washington, DC.