I have been teaching over 20 years at Bellevue College. I was hired immediately after I finished my MA in Speech Communication from San Diego State University. Before SDSU, I attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where I received a BA in Communication and English. My first experience in the discipline of Communication was through high school debate. I then competed for University of the Pacific on a full scholarship. After coaching debate at SDSU, I hung up my competitive debate hat and concentrated on the interpersonal and organizational communication facets of this discipline.
I teach a variety of courses, but mainly focus on the behavioral side of Communication rather than the Rhetoric and Public Address areas. In addition to teaching, I have also served in leadership positions on campus and volunteer efforts in the community. At times I have worked as a communication consultant or trainer for area businesses and organizations and enjoy discussing workplace application of Communication Studies material.
My husband and I live in Sammamish with our three daughters. My oldest child is now in college and I am constantly reminded of what the undergraduate experience is like from the student perspective.