Born and raised in Rochester, New York, USA, I always wanted to see more than my small corner of the universe. I have long had a fascination with travel and languages, from the time I was quite young. My first studies in college were in International Relations and trade. I studied languages and hoped to one day be tri-lingual. But life has a way of changing our best laid plans, and I found myself in the field of education. I was first certified to teach elementary education and students with disabilities, but I quickly felt the call of the international on my life. I returned to school for a Master’s degree in teaching English as a second language, and blended my two passions together. For 12 years I have been teaching in the Rochester, NY area. I have taught a wide range of grade levels and subjects, but primarily I have taught ESL. I believe in empowering students with language so they can fully experience the world around them. It has been a constant pleasure to work with and also learn from students of varying language backgrounds.
More recently I became an adjunct professor teaching both English learners at the undergraduate level and future teachers of English in a TESOL Master’s program. During the last year, I decided to make the switch from public schools to private work, where I’ve been blessed to teach children and adults from around the world. I’ve spent the last two summers in Poland trying to improve my Polish, and I haven’t had enough. I love Poland: the land and its people. I am very excited to be joining the Middle International School. With great anticipation, I am looking forward to this new opportunity. Together, my students and I will explore the world through the English language!
When I am not teaching, you can usually find me outside exploring. I used do long distance running, but have since shifted my efforts to hiking. I enjoy traveling, tennis, gardening, reading, studying languages, eating and cooking foods from around the world, meeting new people, and living life to its fullest.
I look forward to meeting you soon!