Where I come from
All over the place! I was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania but also lived in New York, Ohio, Texas and Colorado during my growing up years. The home of my heart is definitely Colorado. It’s where I graduated from high school, college and graduate school. I also came to faith as a freshman in college at the University of Colorado.
During my senior year at the University of Colorado, I began tutoring international students. I quickly realized I very much enjoyed the combination of teaching and intercultural ministry and decided to pursue a graduate degree in TESOL. While pursuing my graduate degree, I taught English at Colorado State University. After graduating I began teaching at Ohio University where I spent the next three years. Ohio U. then asked me to consider teaching at the university’s sister school, Chubu University in Kasugai, Japan. I went, fell in love with the people, and taught there for six years before coming to Multnomah. I have loved teaching both ESL students and Multnomah students studying to be ESL teachers. Teaching is a wonderful profession filled with challenges, growth, joy, constant learning, and wonderful relationships.
I grew up going to church but it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I really came to faith. A friend from my Political Science class had been asking me to go to Friday night Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) meetings for months. I really didn’t want to go but knew I couldn’t put her off forever. So, on Valentine’s Day of all days, I relented and went with her. The speaker, capitalizing on the theme of the day, spoke of True Love: God’s love poured out for us through Christ on the Cross. I was absolutely captivated by such a profound love and it was then that God captured my heart.
Community ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Multnomah University. I am excited to lead my TESOL students in teaching free English classes to speakers of other languages in the community.
I enjoy reading, hiking, camping, running, and traveling.