Illinois State University, Normal. (May 2005, Honors)
Bachelor of Arts, English
State University of New York, Plattsburgh (May 2003, Honors)
“Telling Her Story: A Look at the Trend of Black American Women’s Life Narrative
Picture Books.” Under consideration for publication in the anthology Picturing Children of the Sun. Ed. Michelle Martin.
“Making Pictures Talk: The Journey of Learning a New Genre.” Illinois State University Writing Research Annual. August 2010.
“Learnin’ With You This Way: Using Chicago Author W. Nikola-Lisa’s Picture Books in
Middle and High School Classrooms.” Illinois English Bulletin. 94.2 (2007): 25-31.
Presentations “Talking Sight: an Audio Description Project for English 101.” New Directions in
English Studies Symposium in Normal, IL. February 2010.
“Seeing Triple: Examining the Three Narratives at Work in Women’s Life Writing in Picture Books.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference in Normal, IL. June 2008.
“Learnin’ With You This Way: Looking at the Work of W. Nikola Lisa.” Illinois Association of Teacher’s of English Conference in Peoria, IL. October 2006.
“Long Strange Journey to a Wide Open Road: A Look at Recent Black Women’s Life Writing.” ISU Women’s Studies Symposium in Normal, IL. April 2006.
“What’s So Secret About The Secret Life of Bees?” Northeastern Illinois University/Chicago Teacher’s Center Young Adult Literature Conference in St. Charles, IL. October 2005.
“Closets Are For Clothing: Space for GLBTQ Students in our Classrooms and Schools.” Northeastern Illinois University/Chicago Teacher’s Center Young Adult Literature Conference in St. Charles, IL. September 2005.
“A Purple Cottage in the Subdivision: The Storyteller’s Voice in Contemporary Children’s Literature.” Annual Children’s Literature Symposium in Normal, IL. April 2005.
“The Story of My Birth: An Autobiographical Reflection.” Illinois State University Women’s Studies Symposium in Normal, IL. April 2005.
“Talking Pictures: A Look at the Role of Illustration in Children’s Informational Texts.” Illinois Reading Council Conference in Springfield, IL. March 2005.
“Nonfiction Has Many Faces: How Students Use Illustration in Expository Writing.” Center for the Advancement of Teaching Symposium in Bloomington, IL. January 2005.
“Caregivers and Bridge-Builders: A Look at the Role of African American Grandmothers in Society and Picture Books.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference in Buffalo, NY. June 2001.
“What Makes a Daddy: A Look at the Role of Fatherhood in Recent Picture Books.” Children’s Literature Association Conference in Roanoke, VA. June 2000.
Honors and Awards Schafer “Pat on the Back” Innovation Award, 2012
English 271: Literature for Young Children (Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
English 272: Literature for Middle Grades (Spring 2011)
Graduate Assistant, Illinois State University 2005-2010
English 101: Composition as Critical Inquiry (Fall 2005-Spring 2010)
Fall 2008: Exploring ISU’s Core Values/Goals
Spring 2009 (Honors Section): Exploring Liberal Arts Education
Fall 2009-Spring 2010 (Experimental Section): Co-Designing 101 with Students
English 170: Foundations in Literature for Children (Spring 2006-Spring2009)
Spring 2006-Fall 2007: Focus on Multiple Perspectives in Children’s Literature
Spring 2007-Spring 2009: Focus on Examining How Issues of Race, Class, Gender,
And Sexuality Function in Children’s Literature
English 125: Twentieth Century Women’s Life Narratives (Spring 2008)
English 260: History of Lesbian Literature (volunteer GA, Fall 2009)
Workshops Conducted a one-day workshop on Handmaid’s Tale in English 160, Illinois State University, Spring 2009.
“Learning to Navigate Boundaries Through Concept Books.” Northeastern Illinois University/Chicago Teacher’s Center Roots of Language and Literacy Program in St. Charles, IL. March 2007.
“What’s So Secret?: Using The Secret Life of Bees in Cross-Curricular
Teaching.” Inquiry Thread at Northeastern Illinois University/Chicago Teacher’s Summer Institute in Chicago, IL. June 12-16, 2006.
“What Are These Illustrations for Anyway?: Utilizing Illustrations to
Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning.” Inquiry Thread at Northeastern Illinois University/Chicago Teacher’s Summer Institute in Chicago, IL. June 16-20, 2005.
Service Assessment Team (January 2013- present)
Class Librarian Pilot Project (2012-present)
We Care Campaign Division Representative (2012, 2013)
Writing Program Assessment for 2011-2012 Academic Year at LCC (Fall 2012)
English 101 Teaching Group (2010)
English 101 Experimental Teachers Group (2009-2010)
Professional Development Event, Table Leader for “Diversity in the Classroom” (Fall 2008)
ISU Ambassador, Children’s Literature Association Conference (Summer 2008)
Committee to Revise English 101 (2007)
Administrative Experience Interdisciplinary Studies Advisor, Illinois State University, June 2005- August 2006
Director of Dodge Library, West Chazy, NY, June 2001-August 2002
Professional Affiliations Modern Language Association (MLA)