Academic Focus Area: International Development; Education and Civic Engagement
Hometown: Cadillac, Michigan
Advisor: Murari Suvedi
I was born in the Northern part of Lower Michigan to a Dairy farming couple and am one of eight children. In addition to running a Dairy farm, my parents planted trees and cared for the forests on the land they owned. I entered college after high school to study mathematics, chemistry and secondary education and after teaching for a couple years, I chose to stay at home to raise my five children. When my youngest was 6, I returned to school to obtain my Masters degree in Chemistry education and from that, moved on to begin my PhD here at Michigan State University. While working on my advanced degrees, I have been teaching Chemistry at the community college level and teaching mathematics at local secondary schools.