I am entering my 19th year as a public school teacher, grades 6 through 12. I have also been an assistant adjunct professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and as a distance learning professor for the same university. Prior to teaching I worked as an office manager in the executive field, and for 23 years I was responsible for all aspects of management for supervisors and business staff. I am also a former business owner.
I am ESOL and Reading endorsed and have tutored disadvantaged youths in preparation for state exams. My greatest accomplishment was organizing a before and after school tutoring program for young adolescents and ESOL adult students at a local community center, and I was instrumental in developing and implementing a Career Education program by networking with local business partners to give presentations at the middle school level. I am dedicated to serving individuals, organizations, families, and other groups who wish to improve their English skills.
I was born in Salzburg, Austria, and came to the USA when I was four months old. My father was active duty military; therefore, my formative years were spent at Ft. Sill, OK and Camp Darby, Italy, where I graduated from high school; however, I have been a long time resident of Florida.
My hobbies and interests are that I enjoy traveling, exercising, spending time with my grandchildren, doing arts/crafts, and abstract painting. I have an art studio in my home and have showcased my art at several festivals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Palm Beach Atlantic University - Bachelors, Organizational Management
Graduate Degree: Nova Southeastern University - Masters, English
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I have faith in the future. A good teacher knows and understands students, and in doing so constructs and transforms their own knowledge based on past experiences and prior learning. Understanding motivation and helping students to achieve at high levels is paramount to help shape their learning.