Using the language of film to teach geography and science in informal spaces such as film and television as well as formal education environments. I am particularly interested in how the story conventions such as the Hero's Journey can drive curriculum to create self-efficacy and self-motivated learning in students.
- M.F.A. in Film & Television (Dual focus: Producing and Directing), Regent University - (Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States) 2015
- Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Texas A&M University - (College Station, Texas, United States) 2011
- M.S. in Geography, Texas A&M University - (College Station, Texas, United States) 2007
- M.A. in Natural Resources Development (M.Ag. - Masters of Agriculture), Texas A&M University - (College Station, Texas, United States) 1995
- B.S. in Geography, Texas A&M University - (College Station, Texas, United States) 1991
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- Simms, M., & Carpenter, B. S. (2009). Putting the world together: Virtual globes and the changing nature of (digital) global representations. Delacruz, E. M., Arnold, A., Kuo, A., & Parsons, M. (Eds.), Globalization, Art, and Education. (pp. 135-141). National Art Education Association.