I have seven years of experience teaching ESOL in public schools. In that time I've worked at several elementary schools and a middle school. Most of that time was in Virginia, where I worked extensively to connect my lessons to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Most of my K-12 materials are designed to make grade-level standards accessible to English language learners. Currently, I'm in my second year teaching English as a Foreign Language at a public university in Turkey. My students here are undergraduates who are planning to become English teachers. My higher education materials are designed to improve fluency and promote communicative competence.
I approach teaching like an equation. I start by figuring out what end product I want, what I want my students to be able to accomplish, then I look at where they're starting from and work backwards to create the materials needed to get them where I want them to be.
English Language Fellow (2011-2012)
I majored in International Studies from a small, private, liberal arts college in the south and then went on to get my masters in TESOL.
I love to travel, read, watch good TV, and do all kinds of crafty things.