1. Where are you from?
I was raised in Beaverton, Oregon, but moved my senior year of HS and graduated from Highland High School in SLC.
2. What and where have you studied?
I completed a BS and MS in Sociology from BYU and then graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a PhD in Rural Sociology.
3. Where have you previously worked?
After my PhD, I was initially hired to work in the Sociology Department at BYU.
4. What is your current job title? Please describe what you do in that position.
I am a professor of teacher education. My responsibilities are to prepare and teach the multicultural education course for secondary education majors. I also study the social context of schooling including specifically how to provide equitable learning experiences and inclusive school spaces.
5. What was the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?
I wanted to be a teacher. I used to get the neighborhood kids to come to my “school,” so I could “teach” them things I was learning that I thought were cool.
6. Best Halloween costume you have had?
A broken record called “The Mama and the Papa” with tracks like “Cover Your Nose When Sneeze” and “We Don’t Hit Others”
7. What would you rate 10/10?
A lovely fall overcast rainy day.
8. Do you collect anything?
No, the opposite actually. In our family we had to make rules so that I would not get rid of things out of season when I forget we might still need them.
9. What is your go-to weeknight meal?
Tacos. I can always crack up some yummy tacos.
10. Where could we find you on most Saturday mornings?
Working on a house project. Building something or fixing something.
11. Would you rather spend a night out the town or stay home inside with a book?
Definitely at home with a book or watching my kids in their various performances.
12. What is one thing you can’t live without?
Chocolate. I drink (unsweetened) chocolate tea pretty much every morning . . . and then I eat other forms of chocolate (sweetened) through the day 😊