I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. During my senior year I had the opportunity to tutor first year dental hygiene students, which sparked my desire to become a dental hygiene educator. I continued my education at UNC Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Science degree in Dental Hygiene Education in 2006. Following graduation, I became a full-time dental hygiene instructor at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. I received a Doctorate of Education in Adult and Community College Education in 2017 from North Carolina State University. I currently teach dental radiography, oral pathology, nutrition, first year clinic, and dental hygiene theory. I am an active member of the American Dental Hygienistsâ€™ Association, with leadership experience at the local, state, and national levels, as well as leadership experience at the national level with Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society. I am also a member of the American Dental Educators Association. My research interests include adult learning, faculty development, and curriculum development. My masterâ€™s thesis investigated the prevalence of clinical practice among dental hygiene educators. My doctoral dissertation examined curriculum change forces in dental hygiene programs.