After more than 30 years teaching English in the undergraduate program at Fresno Pacific University, I have enjoyed extending this rewarding career by working with teachers. My goal is to promote new ideas, valuable experience, and fresh enthusiasm. Each of my courses offers useful resources—great texts with assignments that transfer smoothly into the classroom. I want my students to feel that their time is well-spent—no busywork allowed! There’s a great bonus for me, too, because I continue to learn and grow through the stimulating insights and perspectives of my students!
Professional Experience: FPU is the only place I’ve taught. I spent 32 years as a teacher in the English department, with part-time stints as Alumni Director and College Hour coordinator.
Personal Experience: In 1991, I was diagnosed with MS. For the first ten years, the disease was quiet but, since 2001, it has shaped and influenced my personal life in dramatic ways. Learning to live with a chronic disease is an adventure, challenging but sometimes even enriching.
Publications: Mathematicians Are People, Too, Vols 1 & 2*; Historical Connections, Vols 1, 2, & 3*; Miscellaneous chapters, articles, and essays in books and journals. *Written with my husband, Wil
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 26:3 ~ "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
Family Info: Two wonderful children, Elaine and Paul, both with terrific spouses; Five exceedingly bright and beautiful grandchildren
What Matters: Loving God, loving others
What I Like About FPU: There’s much to admire about FPU, but I especially treasure the focus on students as whole persons. We don’t separate what a student knows from who a student is.