My Professional Journey
I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, but currently I am pursuing my PhD in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Over the past 12 years, I have taught English and Spanish to students from diverse backgrounds, including rural youth in Guatemala, bilingual primary school children in the U.S., and American and Jordanian university students. Most recently, I spent a year in Amman as an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State, where I taught courses for future English language teachers at Hashemite University. At the University of Hawai ‘i, I have had the privilege of instructing undergraduate students in techniques in teaching second language reading and writing, as well as in professionalism in second language studies.
Click here to read about how I came to learn Spanish and how I became the first individual to earn master's degrees from the newly affiliated Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey).