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Portrait of Jacqueline Bradley

Outreach Graduate Student
Research Interests: Jackie Bradley is from Casper, Wyoming and graduated in 2017 with her bachelor’s in English from the University of Wyoming at Casper. She was selected as one of the 2017 Outstanding Graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and had the honor of being the student speaker for UWC’s graduation ceremonies. She has presented at numerous conferences in places such as Casper, Laramie, and Washington D.C. and her research interests include Feminist Theory and female writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. She completed an honor’s thesis entitled “Darwinian Feminism: Attack on the Maternal in Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's “Women and Economics”” in the spring of 2017.

No portrait of Joel Burdess

Joel Burdess

Outreach Graduate Student

Portrait of Allison Cetak

Allison Cetak

Teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College in Denver, Colorado

Portrait of Anna Crawford

High School English Teacher, Rock Springs, WY
Research Interests: Anna graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2013 with her B.A. in Secondary Education/English, where she was a member of the Honors Program and the UW Dance/Pom Squad. Although Anna has varied interests in the field of English, she is most passionate about Shakespeare, classic science fiction, fairy tales, and analyzing women in literature. She enjoys reading, creative writing, and teaching the funniest group of people on the planet – teenagers. Anna is a Ravenclaw, speaks Spanish, collects unique picture frames, and kills at ‘90s music trivia. She is married to her best friend, a unicycle-riding dream come true named Jonathon, with whom she has two young children, Ethan and Ava.

Portrait of Margaret Darnell

Middle School English Teacher, Wheatland, WY
Research Interests: Received her B.S. in Secondary Education with an English Endorsement from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she began as a geoscience major and had the opportunity to work with NASA. For her senior capstone, she tested the tensile strength of rotting chicken skin to explore the nature of bloating, floating, and possibly exploding dead vertebrate animals in aquatic environments. Along with her interest in science, she discovered that she wanted to be a teacher and student taught English at Pine Ridge High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She’s currently interested in running with her dog, the evolution of science narrative writing, and the rhetoric surrounding murder in podcasts.

Portrait of Paige Gilbert

Paige Gilbert

Outreach Graduate Student

Portrait of Ayzlynn Hammond

Middle School English Teacher, Laramie, WY
Research Interests: Ayzlynn graduated from the University of Wyoming in May of 2015 with her B.A. in Secondary Education/English. She enjoys reading, creative writing, and is most passionate about teaching. She loves to travel and believes in the value of lifelong learning. She married her husband, Douglas, in 2010. Her love for literature is vast and all encompassing, making it difficult to come up with a specific area of interest. She often identifies two quotes from authors when asked to describe herself. One hails from the popular author George R.R. Martin who wrote, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one.” The second comes from Tolkien, and she reveres it as one of the most important pieces of knowledge humans can have, that is, “Not all who wander are lost.”

Portrait of Elaine Henry

Ceramics Artist, Curator, Writer and Local Volunteer
Research Interests: Elaine Olafson Henry is the former Editor and Publisher of the international ceramics journals Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL. She earned a BFA from the University of Wyoming and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She taught at Emporia State University in Kansas from 1996–2007 where she served as the Chair of the Department of Art from 2000–2007. Henry served as the President of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2002–2004. She is currently a Fellow of that group. Her work is internationally published, exhibited and collected. She is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

Portrait of Baylee Kerkvliet

Middle School English Teacher, Douglas, WY
Research Interests: Baylee Kerkvliet graduated from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota in 2014 with a degree in English Education. She has a great husband and a lovable dog. She loves being outdoors, and especially enjoys fishing, four-wheeling, and hiking. She is excited to be a part of the English MA Cohort that gets to work with brilliant colleagues and professors.

Portrait of Kimberly Kost

Academic Coordinator
Student Support Services TRIO program at Montana State University, Billings, MT
Research Interests: I graduated high school in 2002. For the next seven years, I worked at several different jobs including being a manager at McDonald's and a 911 dispatcher. I decided it was time to go back to school when my son started the first grade. I have since completed four Associate Degrees (Mathematics, English, Secondary Education and Psychology) and two Bachelor Degrees (English and Mathematics).

No portrait of Nicole Lester

Nicole Lester

Assistant to the Vice President
IT & CIO Office, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

No portrait of Carol Miller

Carol Miller

Outreach Graduate Student

Portrait of Paul Weatherford

Teacher, McCormick Junior High, Cheyenne, WY
Research Interests: Paul Chavez-Weatherford is my name, and teaching is my game. Actually, I’m not quite so simply explained. I am a husband, a guitarist, a rapper, a cook, and many more things. My wife and I play music together, and we love to be active, spending time in the summer sun. While all the roles I play pulled me to this program, it is teaching that held the strongest gravitational force. I have taught for three years at McCormick Jr. High, and already I have seen the way that my philosophies, preconceptions, and identity inform my teaching and vice a versa. I aspire to become a better person and a better teacher, and in this program, I see a concrete step towards building a new and improved self.

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