Educator with more than seventeen years of experience teaching elementary to adult levels for both native and non-native speaking English Language Learners (ELL).
Dynamic, student centered, authentic learning instructional style that motivates students.
Problem based learning units showcased in citywide publications; Association for Illinois Middle Schools (AIMS) Summer Institute presenter; co-created and implemented a year-long project entitled “We Shall Be Free” to teach students to use primary sources to explore, debate and define freedom; received Colonial Williamsburg Foundation scholarship to study democratic principles of America; received Fund for Teachers grant to travel to Africa and develop partnerships with schools in Kenya
University of Illinois - Bachelor of Science in Education; Illinois certification: Elementary Education (K-9) and History (6-12); Texas certification: English/Language Arts/Reading (8-12), General Elementary (1-8), History (6-8), and ESL (1-12) Houston Baptist University - Masters in Liberal Arts; Classical Education - In progress
You might be surprised to know that I sat on the banks of Rusinga Island in Kenya and helped the Luo community bring in nets filled with fish from Lake Victoria. I taught Third Culture Kids in Chiang Mai, Thailand and volunteered in an orphanage in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Kenya. I became a teacher to help students find the good, the true and the beautiful, and to help them delight in learning.