I am young educator with a B.A. in English and a TEFL certification. Until recently, I’d been teaching abroad. For a little over four years, when I wasn’t standing in front of a classroom or fine tuning my lesson plans, I spent my time perfecting my Spanish by diving into the world of Spanish literature and by playing at understanding the complexities of traveling youth, like myself, through the art of creative writing. I must admit that I have more questions today then I did in the beginning and so I continue to flirt with those complexities.
My experiences abroad are many and varied, but there are two things that were very apparent. In Mexico, I gained extensive experience teaching technical English at different international corporations. On-site teaching and simultaneous translating taught me that precise time management, imagination and resourcefulness are indispensable in all fields. After a couple of weeks, I discovered that imparting a foreign language grammar course to a group of university students or executives is equally as challenging and can grow very monotonous, very fast. So, my students became my vehicles for expression. They motivated me time and again to search for another perspective and another experience to impart the English language.
Language has always played a key role in my life. As a shy little girl, who found herself growing up in an impoverished world filled with very loud thoughts, I often imagined what life was like for a world traveller and muttered to myself all the things I would share with the citizens of the world, with all the strangers I would come to meet when I became one myself. Language helped me imagine characters and worlds better, bigger, and more colorful than my own. As an adult, teaching abroad brought those characters to life in Mexico, England, Italy, France, and Spain. Teaching provided me the opportunity to grow into an independent vibrant individual, and most importantly instilled in me a passion for not only continuous learning, but for thriving at everything I do. It is this passion which has encouraged me to continue growing both within the education sector and outside of it. Today, I am no longer a young girl who imagines a better world; through teaching, I have become part of that better world. I am shrewd, empathetic, an enamored with learning and giving back through the arts, education, and philanthropy.
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