I am currently an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Chicago, and have been teaching English for over five years. My career began in Hamburg, Germany, where I earned my CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). There, I taught Business English to adults, as well as school English to students in grades four through ten. I love meeting new people and learning about new cultures; teaching English has given me the chance to work with learners from all over the world and at every level of English.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 and double-majored in Theatre & Drama and German. I studied abroad in Bonn, Germany, and then lived in Hamburg for four years. While in Germany, I was certified German Level C1 from the Goethe Institut. Language learning has always been a passion of mine, along with traveling and broadening my horizons. In my free time, I take improv classes at Second City, am involved in musical comedy improv groups, play board games with my friends, and enjoy tennis and volleyball.
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Theatre & Drama / German
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that learning requires a special kind of teamwork between the student and teacher. Both sides have responsibilities to fulfill. As the teacher, I am responsible for creating an environment that encourages learning, while the student is responsible for taking ownership of his or her own progress. To best achieve a positive learning experience, I identify and accommodate each student.