Department of Kinesiology
Island Hall 374
I received my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (2008) from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). Prior to becoming a university professor at TAMUCC, I worked at a hospital based fitness facility (Covenant Health System) in Lubbock, Texas as a Wellness Coordinator for 10 years and Fitness Specialist for 2 years. While at the LifeStyle Centre, I had the opportunity to work with Phase II & III cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation and other special populations, such as, diabetics, and HIV patients. Along with those experiences, I was involved with stress testing, teaching water aerobics & arthritis classes. As the Wellness Coordinator, my responsibilities included managing the wellness staff, wellness programming & facility management.
Upon receiving my master's in sport management from Texas Tech University in 2001, I moved to Corpus Christi and began my career as an adjunct instructor at TAMUCC. I currently work as an Clinical Associate Professor/Internship Coordinator with the Kinesiology department. My teaching philosophy is pragmatic by virtue. I place value in taking what you are learning in the classroom into the field and thus attempt to have special projects for my students to apply their knowledge in the community setting. I have utilized different activities throughout the years to facilitate that philosophy. A few of those activities are: hosting the first Special Olympics Future Stars Day in Corpus Christi at TAMUCC, activity-based fundraisers for the Special Olympics and other organizations, the Corpus Christi Mayor’s Fitness Council Kite Festival. I currently serve as the faculty liaison with the Special Olympics South Texas and serve as the faculty advisor for the Kclub in addition to my other university committee responsibilities.
My research interests include electronic portfolios, sports performance, adult/youth fitness, and higher education leadership. I enjoy being active through being outdoors, wakeboarding, running, weightlifting, Pilates, yoga, paddle boarding and snow skiing.
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