For me, teaching is almost wholly about the students, and a student-centered learning environment is at the heart of my teaching philosophy. Students who are required to take charge of their own learning are much more likely to possess the intrinsic motivation to succeed. In my years of teaching, I have found that my role as the teacher is more that of a facilitator and a guide, helping my students to achieve their potential through appropriately challenging material and assignments.
I studied History and English Literature at the undergraduate level, earning my Bachelor of Arts in 1998. I then went on to complete a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and ESL in 2003.
In the eleven years since completing my graduate degree, I’ve taught in many different classroom environments and to a variety of different types of students, from middle-school aged children to adult professionals. I’ve taught English Literature, U.S. Government, Geography, and English as a Second Language.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking and outdoor activities. I have practice vinyasa (flow) yoga for the past three years. I am an avid reader and practice creative writing.