Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Claremont Graduate University 2016
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
B.A. English and Behavioral Science California Baptist University 2002

ENG 101 Introduction to the Discipline
ENG 113 Composition
ENG113E Composition Enriched with a Lab
ENG 123 Intermediate Composition
ENG 273 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 353 Children's Literature
ENG 354 Children's Classics
ENG 363 Young Adult Literature
ENG 384 Writing Fiction
ENG 385 Writing Poetry
ENG 401 Special Topics: Harry Potter
ENG 411 Special Topics in Creative Writing: Speculative Fiction & Writing for Young Adults
ENG 491 Internship
ENG 499 Capstone
ENG 576 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 577 Digital Creative Writing
ENG 594 Exam
ENG598 Thesis
BEH 255/250 Foundational Skills for the Behavioral Science (I)
BEH 256/290 Foundational Skills for the Behavioral Sciences (II)

19th Century British Literature
Early Modern Poetry & Sermons
Children's Literature
Young Adult Literature
Fantasy Literature and Film
Creative Writing

Junior High Teacher at Calvary Chapel, Moreno Valley
Instructor at San Joaquin Valley College


“From Bikinis to Blasters: The Role of Gender in the Star Wars Universe” Fane Phenomena: Star Wars. (Ed. Mika Elovarra) Bristol: Intellect, 2013.

Review of The Ring and the Cross: Christianity and the Lord of the Rings, ed. by Paul Kerry. Christianity and Literature 62.3 (Spring 2013): 452-5.


“Female Friendship and Identity Formation in Graphic Novels for Children," Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, SanDiego, CA, 2019.

“‘What shall I do for God?’: Catechism in Puritan Joyful Death Narratives.” Conference on Christianity and Literature West Region, Riverside, CA. May 2016.

"Saints' Names & Sacred Moments: The Persistence of Religion in Ender's Game". PAMLA, Riverside, CA. Oct 2014.

“Religion in the Irreligious Dystopia: How The Hunger Games emphasizes the Importance of Religion" presented at Imagining the Good Life: Apologetics and Human Flourishing Conference. CBU's Philosophy Department, Riverside, CA, April 2013

"Magical Soul Searching: Daemons, Horcruxes, and Questions" presented at the West Region 2008 CCL Conference "Fire and Ice: Literary Paradox and the Search for Truth". Biola University, La Mirada, CA, May 2008.

“The Nature of Power: Wisdom and Ambition in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter Series” presented at Lumos 2006: A Harry Potter Symposium. Las Vegas, NV, July 2006.

“Fallibility and Wisdom in Narnia: C.S. Lewis’ treatment of the wise old man archetype in Chronicles of Narnia” presented at Through the Wardrobe. Riverside, CA, March 2006.

Member at the DiscipleCenter, Anaheim Hills, CA

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

Family: Husband, Jeff, and children, Anna, Adam, Libby, & Luke
Travel: Spain, China, Pacific Northwest

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6