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Mercer University (History)
Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Master's)
In one way or another, I have spent most of the past 20 years engaged in some form of language education. I am a lifelong learner, and I have studied languages in a variety of situations - high school, college, the US Peace Corps, the US Marine Corps, a private language school, one summer immersion program, and graduate school. This list and its variety will only grow as time marches on. I am a language teacher and an educational resource developer. I have professional experience in widely diverse contexts. I've taught the Pashto language to Marines preparing for deployment, and instructed them about Afghan culture. I've taught English classes packed with children in Romania, as well as classes full of mixed nationalities and levels here in the US. I've taught reading skills to rural, suburban, and inner-city students ranging from four years old on up through adult. Most recently I've taught Russian to graduate students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Through all of this, I have come to believe that language education is a significant force for global good. When people learn to understand one another and talk with one another, they become more inclined to cooperate than to fight. The world benefits from discussion, diplomacy, and commerce far more than from war and conflict. For this reason, on my professional journey, I aim to develop and enhance language language learning in a way that coherently leverages the full combined power of student effort, teacher skill, and educational technology. And through this effort, I hope to improve the lives of my students and those around them.
I am a highly educated, native English speaker, with three years of EFL/ESL teaching experience to students of all ages. I listen closely to my students and adapt to their needs. Just as important, I challenge my students in productive, memorable ways.
I've spent the past 4 years developing learning and teaching tools for San Diego State University. I believe in the power of strategic study skills to make education richer, more efficient, and more memorable for students. Technology has a strong role here, and I have the articulation and patience to walk students through the tech skills that are too often ignored in the classroom.
If this appeals to you, please contact me and let's discuss how I can enhance your learning. In one way or another, I have spent most of the past 20 years engaged in some form of language education. I am a lifelong learner, and I have studied languages in a variety of situations - high school, college, the US Peace Corps, the US Marine Corps, a private language school, one summer