The 2003-2004 academic year marks my third year teaching at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Before UB, I taught at the University of Georgia from 1999-2001. I have also been a faculty member at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC, one of the Historically Black Colleges (HBCU) in the Southeast. I started my career teaching first music, and then reading at a middle school in High Point, NC. I have an earned doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy with an emphasis in Literacy. My graduate studies were done at Michigan State University.