Office Address: Copeland Hall Room 213
Office Phone: (405) 325-4204
Title: Maskoke Language Instructor, Curriculum Resouce Specialist
Graduate of the University of Oklahoma
I am an advocate for indigenous language and culture revitalization and a proponent for the establishment of language immersion environments. My efforts are focused on helping improve the lives of people, especially Native People and Native youth, by developing the emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual wellbeing of the communities I serve.
AREAS OF INTEREST & EXPERTISE:
Native language revitalization
Second-language acquisition strategies
Leadership teaching and coaching
HONORS AND RECOGNITION:
Former President of Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes Language Revitalization Committee
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Domestic Violence Community Service Award Recipient
University of Oklahoma American Indian Leadership in School Administration Fellowship Award
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT:
CREK-1715 & CREK-2733
Administration for Native Americans (ANA) grant for the development of a comprehensive elementary curriculum framework for the areas of math. science, language arts, social studies and health and wellness in the Maskoke (Creek/Seminole) language and Level 1 & 2 language textbooks.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
Symposium on the American Indian. Teaching demonstration on the group-based language mentorship approach, Maskoke (Creek- Seminole) language, utilized in the Mvhayvlke Svmmomvkē Mahat Teacher Education Program.
“The Law of Intentionality: 8 Misconceptions About Growth & How to Become Intentional About Growing.” Chickasaw Nation Leadership Team.
“Seeking First To Understand: Historical Trauma and Intergenerational Grief.” Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare professional development training.
“The Current State of Tribal Languages Within the State of Oklahoma.” The Office of Indian Education & The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education Tribal Consultations.
White paper presentation to tribal administration of the Five Civilized tribes detailing status of the languages and recommendation of revitalization approaches.
Guest lecturer at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Lecture given to Dr. Pila Wilson’s graduate level “Issues in Indigenous Language Revitalization” class.
Mvhayvlke Svmmomvkē Mahat Teacher Education Program, a group-based, intensive language mentorship program for students of the Maskoke language. The Program will provide students the opportunity to study and learn their language while earning college credit toward degree completion. Graduates of this Program will have the skills to teach their languages within community and school classrooms.