In 1992, I earned a B.A in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. I then studied in San Francisco at Transworld Teachers and received a certificate to teach English as a Second Language and did so in San Jose, Costa Rica. In 1994, I began my graduate career at Texas State University at San Marcos, and began working with the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education. I earned a masters degree in geography education in 1996 then took a leave of absence, moved to Morocco and taught geography at Al Akhawayn University. I returned to Texas State in 1997 and completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Geography in 2001. In 2009-2010, I was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia. Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Geography and the Geography Program Director and at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. I teaches a wide variety of courses and continue to conduct research locally and internationally on human development through education.