My passion for learning and language began at an early age as I sat on my father's lap and listened to him read from Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I followed that passion through to graduating Cum Laude in 2010 from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. I was a Teacher's Assistant my last two years of college, working with students in Advanced English Grammar, Literature, and the History of the English Language courses. My last semester I was the head Teacher's Assistant for the English Department, and was honored to receive the Larry Thompson Outstanding English Major award upon graduating, as well as speaking at the Convocation ceremony for the Language and Letters Department.
After graduation, I spent 18 months as a proselyting missionary for my church in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. Learning Portuguese, while surrounded by a culture and people that I didn't understand was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but as I patiently became fluent, I was able to work with people, teaching those interested about my church, and it taught me a love for teaching people in a one-on-one setting they way they needed to be taught--tutoring!
When I returned from Brazil, I returned to Brigham Young University-Idaho to teach as an Adjunct Faculty member. I taught the English 106 course that focused on the writing of various different papers/essays. I loved working with my students in class to help them understand, and one-on-one in my office to make sure that they succeeded. I cannot think of anything that makes me happier than seeing the "lightbulb" moment for someone that I have been working with.
I stopped teaching to move and marry the love of my life, which was a hard decision, but the best one I ever made. We have a one-year-old son, and when I'm not chasing him around, or picking up after him, I induldge in my hobbies. I loved to read/listen to good books (and then talk with everyone I know about them), watch movies that make me laugh or think (or both), explore nature in true Wordsworthian fashion, and cook. I hardly ever make the same recipe twice. Although I have left the world of academia, my passion for learning remains in tact, and I love to share it with as many people as I possibly can.
Brigham Young University-Idaho - Bachelors, English