I have been teaching for 11 years. My first three years were spent teaching in Mexico, where I taught English to preschool, elementary, and middle-school students. After returning home to the states, I began teaching ESL to K-5 students. I have now been teaching ESL for eight years in the United States.
I hold high expectations for myself and my students. Despite the fact that my students come to me labeled as "struggling learners," I know they are intelligent individuals with bright futures. I expect a lot from them every day. Every second of my class time is used for direct instruction or student interaction that leads to development of students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English. Despite pushing my students hard, I let them know how much I care for them and how I believe they can do almost anything if they never give up.
In 2014-2015, I received the honor of being one of my county's five finalists for Teacher of the Year.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill in 2005 with degrees in Elementary Education and Spanish, as well as an add-on license in English as a Second Language. After teaching for eight years, I returned to school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I received a Master's in Reading Education (K-12).
I am the proud mother of two-year-old Samuel and am expecting my first baby girl in October 2016. My husband and I live in North Carolina where we love enjoying the beautiful Carolina skies any way possible- hiking, biking, or enjoying sunny summer days on the beach. I also have a love for salsa music and dance and take advantage of any chance I have to take a few spins across the floor!