I am a graduate of Winona State University. There, I received my Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Recreation and Tourism and a minor in Intercultural Communication.
After graduating college in Minnesota, I moved to Australia to travel with the intention of building upon my career in tourism by accepting an internship at a five star hotel. Soon after working here and traveling, I realized that the industry wasn't for me, and that my real passion was teaching. In college I had worked with our English Language Center students by partaking in communication practice with them. I couldn't forget how much I loved interacting with people from other countries and how much joy I got from helping those students grow in their English language proficiency. So, I continued by education by obtaining a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). Through this process, I began teaching English to international college students in Australia, and my spark for teaching was ignited.
Upon leaving Australia, I moved to Hanoi, Vietnam to put my teaching skills to practice. There, I worked for both public elementary schools, after-school English centers, and private classes. I had the privilege to teach students of all ages - from as young as five years old to adults. I loved teaching children because of their enthusiasm for learning and excitement about learning a new language. We played lots of games together to develop their skills and tried to have as much fun as possible while learning. I also loved teaching the adults. The commitment to learning I saw in adults was inspiring, and it was great to be able to have conversations with one another and get to know each other throughout our lessons.
After leaving Vietnam, I moved to Denver, CO in 2018 to start a job as an English Language Development (ELD) Specialist at a Denver high school. I work with students from 9th-11th grade solely on ELD. I have taught an ELD pull-out class at this school, where students with lower-level English proficiency are placed in a class together to explicitly learn the English language. Additionally, I teach several co-taught English Language Arts classes. I have an ELA co-teacher who deals mostly with content-related English topics such as literature, themes, and character development, while I as the ELD Specialist support emergent bilingual students in accessing the content by giving them English language assistance. Our school was awarded the ELPA Award of Excellence for the 2019-2020 school year for the exceptional support provided to bilingual students. Also, as part of my job here, I have worked to teach students test-taking strategies for the Writing and Language and the Reading tests on the SAT. We work through these skills weekly in ELA class, and I also was a teacher for our school's SAT Bootcamp. Additionally, I am apart of my school's CH-ISA team, which monitors every emergent bilingual at our school and monitors their growth.
Due to the fact that I made such a drastic career change from what I had originally studied at university, I am now furthering my education by working towards a Masters of Arts at University of Northern Colorado with a major in Multilingual Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I should complete this Masters program by May of 2021.
While I am very passionate about my full-time job and studies, and I get great fulfillment from seeing my students learn and grow, I wanted to branch out more to fine-tune my skills and serve others. Therefore, I decided to volunteer as an in-home language tutor for an adult refugee student. Twice a week, I go to my student's home and tutor her in the English language.
Education truly is the key to success. I believe that every person, whether an immigrant, refugee, citizen, American-born or not, deserves a quality education. I believe it is my job to serve students of all ages who require some assistance and support with English to become successful in their academic and work careers.
I am very much looking forward to teaching and tutoring with Varsity Tutors, and looking forward to serving its brilliant students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Winona State University - Bachelor of Science, Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
Graduate Degree: University of Northern Colorado - Master of Arts, Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)
Some of the things I enjoy doing outside of work and school are: enjoying the outdoors by camping and hiking, crocheting blankets, doing yoga, spending time with animals, doing puzzles, reading books, playing the ukulele, and traveling when I can!