I am a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where I received my MA in Asian Studies. My research focused on the Ethnic Korean population in Japan and how the use of media (both literature and television) aided in the creation of personal identification. Prior to that I attended Oregon State University majoring in both English Literature and International Studies. I was also lucky enough to spend a year studying at Waseda University in Tokyo Japan.
During my final year at UT, I was a teaching assistant with the Department of English Literature and held classes of 25 students each. During those classes I lead discussions furthering the exploration of the literature assigned by the lead professor.
At Oregon State, I helped tutor and grade for Japanese classes and also helped Japanese exchange students at the university.
Outside of education, in high school I was on the swim team, did musical theater, and was a member of both symphonic and jazz band. I continued playing in band once I started at OSU, playing Tenor Saxophone for two years and Sousaphone for two years as a member of the marching band. I love most types of music. One of my recent music obsessions is Korean pop. I also like video games, YouTude, and combinations of the two.
I find the best way to learn is to find a connection between what you love and what you need to understand.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Oregon State University - Bachelors, English Literature/International Studies
Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Masters, Asian Studies
Music, International Travel, East Asia, East Asian Music, Literature, Video Games, Swimming
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that in order for anyone to understand a subject and learn new things, the person helping them has to be willing to change how they teach. As an instructor, I love feedback from my students so I can change my teaching strategies and help them learn.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to hear from the student. Have them tell me where they think they need help, what they understand about the subject, and what challenges them. I would like them to explain what their teachers (if they have other ones in the subject) are doing that confuses them so that I can try and take a different approach.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to have my students help me create lessons for them. What do they like? How can that connect to the topic they are learning? Is there a video on YouTube? A story? Can they interact with the topic in a creative way?