I received my B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky in 2002. As a Ph.D student at Vanderbilt University, I studied the molecular mechanisms that maintain telomeres (the protein-DNA complexes at the ends of linear chromosomes). I also participated in the Teaching Certificate Program offered through Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching. I completed courses in Pedagogy and gained experience teaching and performing education research. In 2007, I graduated from the program with a Graduate Teaching Certificate. I was an Assistant Professor at Hanover College from 2007-2010, where I served on the Teaching and Learning Committee. In 2011, I returned to my home state of Kentucky to join UK as a Lecturer in Biology. I teach large-enrollment introductory biology courses and Genetics lecture and lab. In 2015, I accepted a position as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biology. In 2016, I received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences and was promoted to Senior Lecturer.