Over the past decade, Carrie has been a dedicated educator in a variety of ways. She began her career as a behavior therapist for children with autism as she finalized her Bachelors degree in Special Education at Gonzaga University. Upon graduation, she acquired teaching certificates and endorsements in special education, general education, reading and psychology from Kindergarten to 12th grade. She began her first classroom teaching experience as a resource specialist at a middle school in San Diego, California.
After five years of teaching in both middle and elementary schools, both in general and special education settings, she completed a Master’s degree program in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University. Then, Carrie became a Literacy Coach at an elementary school in Beaverton, Oregon, and later began teaching classes for graduate students working on their reading endorsements through Concordia University. She loved being in leadership roles, which fueled her desire to obtain her administrative license from Concordia University.
Carrie was then hired as an Intervention Specialist with the goal of facilitating the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in two Beaverton schools. In this role, she aligned the district’s RTI goals with her school’s implementation procedures. She led teachers to integrate best practices into core instruction and intervention programs. She infused her strong knowledge of research based literacy instruction, inclusive practices, assessments, and the use of data-based decision-making. Meanwhile, Carrie worked with a team of professionals at Concordia University to create the Special Education program and wrote courses for both on-ground and online classes.
Before her current position as Assistant Professor, she spent the past two years as the Dean of Students at an elementary school in Beaverton. Carrie was delighted to put into practice her valuable education from Concordia’s administrative program.
Carrie has an undying passion for strengthening schools as collaborative communities that focus on student success and well-being. Because of this, she thrives in the University setting where she can inspire skilled, compassionate, and focused leaders in education. Her mission is to courageously empower teachers and strengthen schools to produce successful, happy, well-rounded individuals.