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 where I received a certificate to teach English as a Second Language and did so in San Jose, Costa Rica. In 1994, I started my graduate career in geography at Texas State University, and began working with the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education. I earned a master’s degree in geography education in 1996. I 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 the same year, I accepted an appointment at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) and founded the Geography Program and implemented a BS in Geography as well as a Minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). At UHCL, I have taught over a dozen different geography courses, directed field study programs on five continents, and established a campus-wide GIS training program.
As a scholar, I focus on human development through geography education and geospatial technology. I have been awarded two Fulbright Scholarships one to the University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia (2009-2010), and the other to the University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2019). In 2021, I served as the President of the National Council of Geographic Education.