English as a New Language Teacher
Hello, great to be here! Originally from central California, I attended high school and college in southwestern Ohio and consider myself a buckeye. I got my bachelor’s in film production, with a minor in French, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. From there, I kept moving east to New York City to pursue my dual passions for film and French. My winding path to becoming an ENL teacher started when I was teaching teenagers video production at a non-profit called Downtown Community Television (DCTV) in Manhattan. As I juggled freelance film work with my part-time teaching job, it occurred to me that if I reached full-time, I could have fun with students every day AND have health insurance! Having worked with an extremely linguistically diverse group of students at DCTV, I knew I wanted to work with speakers of languages other than English. Thus, I went back to school for my master’s in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University.
I have a wonderful toddler now, (and an amazing husband) and we stay very busy. However, in my precious free time, I still enjoy pursuing the things that have always made me happy: reading, watching movies, learning languages, playing music/writing songs, and making videos. I hope to do these things with students as, together, we deepen our understanding and love of the English language!