After a previous career in copywriting and marketing, I now have a decade of teaching experience under my belt. My life adventures have taken me to prep schools, suburban schools, and inner city schools. I've taught city kids, rural kids, and refugees. They are all so different and yet, all teenagers! I have taught/am teaching Spanish 1, 2, 3, & 4 and am now adding Heritage Spanish this year!
I am a teacher who believes in comprehensible input and practical teaching. For years I based it all in grammar until I taught refugee students who just didn't have the English background (although they spoke multiple languages.) I got creative and never stopped trying new things. In my lower level classes, I use TPRS, although not exclusively. I believe in teaching the students, not content and so I try, in every way, to engage my students and help them find a love and understanding of language and culture!
Honored to teach students who write things like this to me: "Because of you, I was able to write a letter to my non-English speaking Grandma. She absolutely loved it....Just so you know, you're a super great teacher." -- M.D. Staff Member of the Year - 2014 Nominee for Academy Leader of the Year -2014 (MNPS)
I hold a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Spanish from Beloit College in Wisconsin and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Additionally, I studied at La Pontificía Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito.
Yes, I am a teacher but I am also a wife and mom. I have three kids -- two daughters and a son. My younger daughter has special needs (autism) and I believe that from her, I learn to be a better teacher and person every day. I also enjoy writing (check out my short stories on BarnesandNoble.com) and sewing/quilting.