Director, Master of Arts in TESOL
M.A., Carson-Newman University
B.A. Carson-Newman University
I am originally from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of southeastern Tennessee; however, my teaching career has taken me all over the world. I love teaching, because I find it is such a fast and effective way to build relationships in my community and be that salt and light I am called to be.
After working in Japan for 2 years, I pursued my master’s degree in TESOL. While getting my master’s, I taught with an intensive English Language Institute, working with college students on the fast track to language proficiency. After completing my master’s, I taught elementary ESL for Knox County public schools for a couple of years. In 2008, my husband and I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I have had the privilege of teaching in several contexts including community refugees and immigrants, as well as international university students. I really enjoy working with our diverse international community here in Portland.
I tell all my students that I love teaching English, not because I love English, but because I love students. Teaching allows me to serve students, build and establish relationships, and engage in cross-cultural dialogue. At Multnomah University I delight in the privilege of mentoring English language teachers during their season of study and preparation. It is a joy to help both newcomers and seasoned teachers fill their teaching toolbox.
In my free time, I enjoy reading books, playing with my kids, drinking “good” coffee, and exploring new destinations.