I began my education experience volunteering in elementary classrooms, my senior year of high school. While studying in college, I worked at after school programs during the school year, and summer camps during the summer. A few years after college I moved to China, where I spent the first two year teaching ESL, followed by a year in a Montessori kindergarten, then currently as a International Baccalaureate PYP grade 1 teacher.
I am very active in the classroom, changing my style and activities frequently. I do this to maintain the interest of the students, who are very new to a formal school day. I level my class to ensure each student is challenged to their ability, but I often give mixed level group work to encourage peer to peer learning.
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I received a Bachelors of Art from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2009, in a major I created myself called Outdoor/Adventure Photojournalism. This was a combination of Journalism, Photography, and Expeditionary Studies.
I spend much of my free time cycle touring around Jiang 'an, which is the south eastern area below the Yangtze River delta, photographing the changing landscape and the people that live there.