Throughout my career, I have pursued diverse experiences: as an academic researcher, as an elementary school teacher, and also as an education policy maker. At the outset of my career, I was certain that in order to effectively bring these groups together to address critical challenges in education, it would be vital to gain firsthand understanding of these perspectives. In other words, I wanted to “walk the walk” before I “talked the talk.”
With a unique combination of talents, I aim to transform education via evidence-based learning strategies and methods. As a scientist, I apply my expertise when translating cognitive science for educators, students, and the public. As a former K-12 teacher, I am familiar with the challenges that educators face, and accordingly, I strive to provide classroom recommendations that are practical and straightforward. Finally, as a policy maker, I am mindful of the complexities that shape curricula, evaluation, classrooms, districts, states, and higher education.
Most recently, I founded RetrievalPractice.org, a "hub" of resources for educators (K-12 and higher ed) and a broad audience about retrieval practice: a powerful evidence-based tool for improving learning. I encourage you to visit RetrievalPractice.org, subscribe for updates, and contact me with your thoughts and feedback.
Here are a few highlights about my professional experience:
- Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis
- Conducted more than 10 years of cognitive science and retrieval practice research in K-12 classrooms
- Certified as an elementary school teacher, with teaching experience in K-12 and higher education
- Policy experience at the U.S. Department of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education