I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Linguistics as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. I also have a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from New York University. Currently I am a PhD student studying Hispanic Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language at The University of Texas at Austin.
Before obtaining my M.A. in Madrid, I spent two years as a high school Spanish I, II, III instructor in Chicago. I also served as a Spanish tutor during my undergraduate years and for the last year and a half I was a private English as a Foreign Language instructor in Spain. In regard to my own foreign language learning, I have been studying Spanish for the last 13 years and have lived two years in two Spanish-speaking countries.
While I look forward to assisting my students in any subject that I can be of help, my passion lies in foreign language teaching. To me, learning a language is so much more than mastering grammatical concepts via boring and repetitious exercises. Instead, I view it as learning another culture and being able to connect and communicate with people around the world whom you may have never met before had you not learned that language in the first place. For that reason I enjoy employing communicative language activities and games to make learning fun and relevant to the real world and to students' lives. I also make sure to tailor curriculum to match students' interests, learning styles and motivations for learning a language. Besides learning languages and meeting people from other cultures, I love to hip hop and ballroom dance, travel, do yoga and be outdoors. Overall I am very excited for us to work together in the name of academic achievement!
The Ohio State University - BA, BA, Hispanic Linguistics, Sociology
New York University- Madrid - MA, Applied Linguistics