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Welcome to my online Curriculum Vitae!


Here's a little about me.

I am an only child and native of Quincy, Florida, the county seat of Gadsden County, where I attended public school. My mother is a veteran elementary schoolteacher and my father worked at the state's mental hospital. Currently, I am the University Archivist, Assistant Professor at Bethune Cookman University and serve in the Carl S. Swisher Library. I am married and have two sons. 


I have expertise in the following areas.


  • assistant professor (English & education)

  • middle school language arts teacher

  • high school English teacher

  • online faculty

  • adjunct

  • teacher on special assignment (elementary)


  • department chair 

  • adult literacy coordinator

  • English education coordinator

  • accreditation team member

  • Principal Investigator



  • reference librarian

  • research instructor

  • media specialist

  • project and program coordinator


  • photo digitization

  • finding aids

  • digitizing documents

  • organizing data

  • digital projects

  • descriptions


  • educational service provider

  • item writer

  • blueprint reviewer

  • specification developer

  • veterans tutor

  • educational material reviewer



  • freelance writer

  • editor

  • advisor

  • grant writer


I enjoy marrying community activism with literature, art and or education. 


In conjunction with the Florida Council of Teachers of English, I worked to recreate NCTE's National Advocacy Day, held each April in Washington, D.C., in Florida. With board members, I orchestrated the event in conjunction with area Colleges of Education's faculty to present representatives with a list of talking points and concerns regarding education. 


Under the auspices of our nonprofit, Everyone Has A Story (EoHAS), I held monthly Quick Lit sessions at the Gadsden Art Center. Families recreated abstract art from noted historical artists, read and discussed literature and journaled during two-hour Saturday gatherings.  Each month, a different art form was used to draw (pun intended) participants into the lessons. 

In addition to EoHAS, I am a professional editor and founding manager of Write Way Services, LLC, and enjoy consulting with those maneuvering the doctoral process.


I have successfully written and or managed grants, including a recent American Library Association Carnegie Whitney Grant to create a Research Guide & Resources for Homeless College & High School Students. 


Golden Key International Honour Society

Pi Lambda Theta

Kappa Delta Pi

Lambda Iota Tau

Florida Library Association

American Library Association

Association of African American Museums

National Council of Teachers of English.


I enjoy photography, reading, writing, gardening, exploring new spaces, shopping, swimming, road trips, the beach, home improvement projects, and spending time with family.

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