I am an educator, a writer, and teacher educator and researcher. Most important, I am an optimist, even in this era of high-stakes testing, scripted curricula, and teacher bashing.
As a teacher educator, I am committed to inoculating teachers against fear and negativity, and to strengthening their sense of agency.
As a researcher, I am interested in intersections between new literacies of the Web and the histories and traditions of secondary English in the US.
As a writer and teacher, I believe in the power of writing to create classroom community and inspire passion for thinking and questioning.
I believe that before our youth learn to work hard for the sake of their own learning, they work hard first for us, their teachers, in response to our faith in them.
I believe in the power of hope.