I was born in Berlin, Germany and raised French by my mother and German by my father. I started learning English in middle school as I was intrigued to decipher my favorite music songs. I was always fascinated with languages and thrilled that I am in a career that involves my passion.
Throughout my personal life and career I have witnessed the power of communication. Being able to understand and speak in different languages has been a huge advantage for me and I love sharing that language passion with people all over the world.
I have lived in Germany, England and the USA while also visiting my extended family in Belgium for much of my life. I have learned how much our identity is based on our culture as well as language. I have found that integrating cultural concepts facilitates the learning process and students simultaneously absorb the culture. I love opening up new horizons for my students. It is an amazing feeling to "hear" my students succeed, going from a rudimentary communication to their desired language level.
More about me and some of the cool experiences I have had with languages ...
I taught German and French at Oxford Brooks University while living in the UK. My students were my age which created an interesting peer dynamic which I enjoyed.
I worked for the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA. I had the honor to work with the United States Government teaching their Diplomats and their families to speak fluent German in just 9 months. At that time they would need to pass "Language Government Testing" in order to be approved and placed in this critical foreign role.
I am always humbled at the sight of any teacher student connection as all of our society and culture is based on knowledge transmission.
I have always admired this quote...
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
Oxford Brooks University - Associates, German
AP German Language and Culture
AP Music Theory
High School Biology
SAT Subject Test in German with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep