I have worked as a tutor, workshop leader, volunteer, lecturer, and private language
instructor since 2009. I teach and tutor in English
using a communicative, dynamic, fun approach in which the student or students guide the instruction. Listening to a student's needs, I shape the curriculum accordingly to emphasize progress in speaking, listening, reading
, or vocabulary
I have taught at the Latin
American Association, at a teachers syndicate, private colegio, and language institute in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia, and among Lithuanian land and special forces as director of instruction with the U.S. Army Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program (CULP). In the summer of 2014 I will serve in Mindelo, Cape Verde, as director of instruction in the CULP program. I am fluent in conversational Spanish
My certification is in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language
) from the TEFL Institute, Chicago. I hold a Master's degree in international communications from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelor's degree in political science
and English from Duke University, Durham, NC.
In addition to my teaching work, I am a professional writer and academic editor
and a former nighttime editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. From 2003-2010 I published a web site that chronicles the intersection between world football
) and daily life, and published a book with University of Nebraska Press that is a compilation of soccer literature
. I have published on soccer with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New York Times, So Foot (Paris), When Saturday Comes (London), World Literature Today, and other venues.