After earning my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, I moved to Milwaukee to start my teaching career. As a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescent Education major and a TESOL minor, I wanted to teach at the elementary and middle school level. After 3 years of teaching in Spanish-English bilingual schools, I pursued my dream of teaching overseas. My adventures brought me to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where I taught ELL for one year. While there, I enjoyed traveling, trying new food, and trying to speak the language! This is also where I began my tutoring career. I tutored students from grades kindergarten through 6th grade. As an ELL tutor, I used the Language Experience Approach for many of my lessons. I took students on field trips, built things with them, and made food together. We used these experiences to practice new vocabulary, read, and write.
When I moved back to the states, I started teaching high-school students English with the Wisconsin International Academy. I also tutored for a relocation company helping children and adults with their English acquisition. This tutoring experience was very student-guided. I planned lessons according to what the student or parents wanted. These, like all my lessons, were assessed and modified regularly.
As an ELL educator, I tutor all subjects. Language is not isolated, so all of my lessons are taught in context. My favorite subject to teach is writing. I love helping students turn their thoughts into well-organized, cohesive papers. I also enjoy the systematic rules to grammar and how these rules can be applied to speaking, listening, and reading!
My philosophy of education is very student-centered. I believe in getting to know my students—their likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. Once a trusting relationship is formed, teaching and learning comes much easier. I believe in incorporating student interest, starting where students are at and working up, and letting students experience and celebrate successes along the way. I also believe in making learning fun, so I use a lot of games in my lessons.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking and cooking, hanging out with my 11-month-old daughter, renovating my house (currently, I am refinishing an old hutch), going for walks with my black lab and baby, and grilling out with friends.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse - Bachelor of Science, Middle Childhood-Early Adolescent Education
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