Faculty Who Care
Assoc. Professor, Accounting
My bachelor's degree is in math, secondary education but I have added many additional credits in accounting and psychology over the years. I completed an online master's degree in accounting in 2002. Over the last 20 years I have been active with TACTYC, Teacher's of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges, attending conferences and presenting on topics such as "What Works in My Classroom" and "Real World Accounting". I have also won awards for some of my teaching ideas. Several years ago I was asked to participate in test writing for Excelsior College under the topics of accounting II and college algebra.
I began my teaching career at Central Penn in 1979 and while I did not teach every year during the 1980's, I can honestly say I taught a portion or all of 31 years here! This is the only job I have ever loved.
In addition to loving my job, I have stayed in touch with graduates on Facebook. This has been most exciting and rewarding.
I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren to keep me busy off campus in addition to 2 dogs and a cat.
Outside of teaching my hobbies include traveling, shopping, cooking, knitting and making jewelry with beads and fused glass.
My teaching style is old-school with lots of hands-on problems, class discussions, lecture and many handouts. I have assignments spelled out from day 1 but no time-table due to my wanting to make sure everyone understands before we move on to next topic.
At the beginning of each chapter there is some lecture with handouts given as examples for homework. We will review every assigned exercise and problem prior to the test which I give after most chapters creating less confusion.
In addition to chapter tests, there will be a comprehensive problem assigned for each class that is meant to show the "big picture" of accounting. This is an outside assignment and the student can see me for help.
I hold tutoring hours for students at least 2 hours a week where students can see me for individual help. I also have an "open door" policy for office hours held during the noon hour for traditional students and an hour before my night classes for continuing ed students.
My goal is that each student leaves my class understanding accounting.