• Director of Early Childhood Education Program
  • Director of Child Development Studies Program
  • Assistant Professor of Education
Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

About Me

As a former Head Start teacher, Early Head Start Coordinator, Infant Toddler Specialist, and current ECE consultant, I bring over 20 years of early care and education experience to facilitate rich learning opportunities in various professional avenues. Through collaboration with local, private, and public systems, key partnerships have been established with agencies, programs, and schools serving children from birth to age 8. These partnerships allow University of Mary students to explore a variety of professional options in the field and gain the knowledge and practice to prepare them for work with young children and their families. As an early childhood advocate, I participate on local and statewide early childhood initiative committees, which allows for the continued growth of the ECE program and keeping current with the pulse of the profession.

Why I’m At Mary

Working with future early care and education professionals has provided the opportunity to impact a wide range of children and families in need of service providers, teachers, and program directors who understand the importance of relationships and strength-based experiences for optimal success.


As a generalist in child development with specializations in infant and toddler, social emotional development, and early learning standards, I have held a variety of postions in the field. These positions have included: lead teacher, assistant director of a child care program, curriculum specialist, developmental screener, program coordinator, consultant, trainer, instructor, and assistant professor. In addition, being immersed in the broader early care and education network in North Dakota, I've had the opportunity to be at the table for policy discussions and resource development for the last 10 years.


MEd: University of Mary, 2012
BS (Child Development/Family Services): North Dakota State University, 2000