Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I have an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College and an MA in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Over the past 14 years, I have taught English and Spanish to students from diverse backgrounds, including rural youth in Guatemala, bilingual primary school children in the U.S., and American and Jordanian university students. Most recently, I spent a year in Murcia, Spain as the recipient of a Fulbright Student Research Award. I also have a Professional Teaching License from the state of Colorado with endorsements in Elementary Education, Linguistically Diverse Education, and K-12 Spanish. I enjoy tutoring a variety of subjects, and I am most passionate about Spanish and English writing. Interestingly, because I did not enjoy writing or tests during grade school, I decided to focus on uncovering the "secrets" of the writing sections of popular standardized tests as preparation for my doctoral research. I enjoy sharing this cultural capital with learners, and my prior students have said that I am incredibly supportive and that I provide excellent feedback.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Bethany University - Bachelor in Arts, Social Sciences
Graduate Degree: University of Hawaii at Manoa - Doctor of Philosophy, Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)
Outside of my academic pursuits, I enjoy traveling, reading, hiking, and skiing. I have lived in several countries, and I seem to be drawn to beautiful weather and the sun! Two fun facts about me: I recently had to add extra pages to my passport, and I am a PADI certified rescue diver.
A Level Prep
A Level English Language
A Level Spanish
Elementary School English
Elementary School Math
High School Writing
IELTS - International English Language Testing System Prep