About Me

I am assistant professor in the Educational Leadership program, Department of Leadership and Counseling at the University of Idaho. I hold a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Educational Leadership with minors in Comparative International education and Curriculum & Instruction. My research agenda has been shaped by my educational work as an international educator in the capacity of high school teacher, principal (K-12), and curriculum director. My research interests include exploring the social and emotional dynamics of educational settings and their effect on school climate. I have examined the influence of mindfulness-based professional development program (CARE) on the well-being and leadership of school administrators. Principals who practice mindfulness acquire better self-awareness, self-management, and self-compassion which aids in effective leadership. I am particularly focused on applying this research to improving principal preparation programs and enhancing the principals’ social-emotional competencies and their capacity to cultivate a supportive learning environment for improved student outcomes and over-all school improvement.

Research interests:

School Improvement Professional Development Principal Preparation Programs . Qualitative Research . Social Emotional Learning . School Climate . Mindfulness