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I have been working with families for over 14 years, and I have taught as a licensed parent and family educator in the state of Minnesota. My most recent teaching experiences were in the Osseo Area Schools (District 279) working with families whose children were aged birth to 5 years old. One of my favorite ages to work with has to be those adorable 3-year-olds who tell it like it is—they crack me up! My teaching is built upon a philosophy of critical reflection, strength-based learning strategies, meeting families where they are at in their everyday living, and using a holistic approach to understand parenting challenges in the real world.
My doctorate is in Education: Curriculum and Instruction—Family, Youth, and Community from the University of Minnesota. I had a strong focus on parent and family education, and my research was focused on teens and youth. I have explored children and teen's peer group formation, and my Ph.D. dissertation examined parent-teen conflict and argument from the teen perspective. My dissertation was published in book form under the title, What Are Teens Thinking? Parent-Teen Conflict and Argument From the Teen Perspective.
In addition to teaching parents, I dedicated many years to teaching up and coming parent educators, family life educators, and early childhood educators as an adjunct faculty at both the University of Minnesota and Concordia University