I have been teaching at Bellevue College since the spring of 1984. I have also taught at Highline Community College and the University of Washington. The road to teaching was not direct. I ran a swimming program for Seattle Public Schools, worked as a fashion buyer for a large retailer, consulted in small and large businesses and nonprofit organizations. Through all the different directions my occupations have taken me, I have always returned to the Northwest. I was born and raised in Seattle and have been spoiled with the easy access to the outdoors of every kind of terrain, an endless variety of good restaurants, unique bookstores, a community that embraces music and the arts and in general offers a laid back lifestyle that encourages individuality and communal support.
I enjoy teaching all the speech communication courses. My Bachelors and Masters are from the University of Washington and I spent a lot of time changing majors because I was too curious about everything. Started in political science and law, made a turn into the natural sciences, a side trip into the fine arts and backed into communications because it was a bridge discipline that has connections to all fields of study. All those changes taught me that whether you are a student or a teacher-you need commitment, curiosity, tolerance, humor and a sense of the ridiculous.