My life-long fascination with foreign languages and cultures has led me to a career in teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language and Spanish, both in the U.S. and abroad. With a B.A. in English-Spanish from Westmont College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training, I have lived and taught English in Mexico and Switzerland and have taught ESL and Spanish in the U.S. I also spent two years in Italy through a Fulbright grant training English language teachers.
I'm intrigued with the process of language acquisition and strive to pass on this excitement to my students. Whether it's helping children learn to read or teaching a foreign language to teens or business English to foreign professionals, I adapt the instruction to the learning style of my students. This is especially successful with one-on-one instruction where creativity and flexibility can be given free reign and learning really takes off. There are so many fun and effective ways to learn!
I love spending time outdoors whenever possible and am an ardent gardener. Other interests include yoga, board games, creating art and playing in a marimba ensemble.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wetmont College - Bachelor in Arts, English-Spanish
Graduate Degree: School for International Training - Master of Arts Teaching, ESL, Spanish, Bilingual Ed.
Gardening, yoga, playing the marimba, socializing with friends
What is your teaching philosophy?
Because learning should be a satisfying experience and we all learn in different ways, I try to create a comfortable environment and gear my teaching to the specific learning styles of my students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to first learn a little about my students: their general interests, reasons for seeking tutoring, specific goals, and how they best learn. Once we've identified our goals, I assess the student's level of competence in the subject through conversation and by looking at any work that's previously been done. From there, we start working toward those goals!