I have spent the majority of my professional career in higher education at Mitchell College, a private institution with a diverse population of slightly less than 1,000 students; a third having a documented learning difference. I served as the Director of Student Activities, under the Vice President of Student Affairs for 6 years. I was responsible for the development and delivery of all co-curricular, extra-curricular and leadership development activities; including major events, and the planning and implementation of new student orientations.
As a member of the student affairs leadership team, I had the opportunity to serve on several campus wide committees. One of the projects I assisted with was the development of a comprehensive student engagement plan for the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan, which helped to increase retention from 55.7% to 64.8% for the 2013/14 academic year. This plan included programs and strategies to help foster an inclusive community that supports diverse learning.
In January 2015, I was asked to join the Academic Advising department and participate in the development of a new holistic advising model. In this new advising approach, students are assigned an advisor at the onset of their enrollment, and remain with that advisor during the duration of the time at Mitchell. As this position has evolved, I have found a true professional satisfaction in supporting adult learners as they navigate their academic and personal goals. I have developed a passion for working with the “at-risk” student population, particularly those with untapped potential.
Additionally, I serve as an adjunct faculty member teaching First Year Seminar; a class focused on assisting students with their transition from high school to college. I love being in the classroom, especially instructing a course that has such flexibility for implementing my own teaching style.
Most recently, I began my Masters of Education at Southern Connecticut State University. The flexibility in this program, along with the faculty support, has allowed me to focus my path on adult learners.
I love being at the beach. I can’t imagine living more than 30 minutes away from the ocean. I’m also a “picky foodie”, meaning I enjoy good foods with complex flavors, but there is a long list of foods I won’t eat.