I taught middle and elementary school for 8 years with the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. In 2002, I joined the Peace Corps as a teacher trainer to work at a teachers’ college in Mozambique where I developed and taught their English Teacher Preparation Program. After becoming fluent in Portuguese, I wanted a chance to expand that to Spanish, so I went to Bolivia where I learned Spanish and taught first and sixth grade at a private American-International school. I was also their ESL resource teacher and it was during these years abroad that I developed many of my ESL lessons, curriculum, and activities. A few years later, I accepted a job as a bilingual counselor in a Texas public school system, where I currently work. Our population is predominately Hispanic, with a large percentage of students brand new to the USA-- it was in this capacity that I saw a great need for the Culture Explorers group sessions guides and for Spanish language counseling materials. I work with a very high-need population in terms of counseling issues, so I’ve developed many of my counseling sessions practices in Texas as well.
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I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1994 with a BS in Elementary Education and then from Johns Hopkins soon after with an MS in Counseling.
When I'm not writing or educating, I enjoy ranch life with my husband and our menagerie of pets- all bilingual, of course.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, EFL - ESL - ELD, Education, Life Skills, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Psychology, Character Education, Problem Solving, ESL / ELL / EFL, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Winter, St. Patrick's Day, Informational Text, Student Council, School Psychology, Classroom Community