About Me

I came to academia after working at a boarding school for nine years, where I became fascinated by the way students changed – for better and worse – depending on who they were with and their purpose. My hope is that by better understanding why the same student thinks, feels, and behaves so differently in different social contexts, we can leverage the classroom’s social dynamics to optimize their achievement, motivation, and social relationships.


  • 2007-present – Educational Psychology Educational Technology Program, College of Education, Michigan State University
  • – Associate Professor with Tenure (2013-present)
    – Assistant Professor (2007-2013)

  • 2003-2007 – Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
  • – Lecturer (2006-2007)
    – Graduate Assistant (2004-2006)
    – Research Associate (2003-2006)

  • 1994-2003 – Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH
  • – Assistant Headmaster (2001-2003)
    – Dean of Students (1998-2001)
    – Associate Dean of Students (1996-1998)
    – Spanish Teacher (1994-2003)