I have over 20 years of lower-secondary and post-secondary teaching experience, having taught English (including grammar and composition) and humanities in Asia and both North and South America to native English speakers and to English as an Acquired Language students from as young as preschool age to adults. I have designed curriculum, reviewed and edited text books, and published writings in education and other journals. I have traveled extensively and I enjoy reading as well as programming computer games and apps.
Certification and Endorsements: TESOL Certification completed through Seattle Pacific University and International TEFL Academy, Summer 2016. Washington State Continuing Teaching Certificate, endorsed in 4-12 English, Language Arts, Sociology, and History (valid through June 30, 2021).
January, 2019 – Currently On-Demand Teacher
• Substitute Teacher in the Kennewick School District, grades K-12
September, 2018 – January, 2019 Volunteer Teacher of English in Pachacutec near Lima, Peru
• Taught English as an Acquired Language to students ranging in age from preschool to adults.
August, 2016 – June, 2018 Secondary Teacher & English Subject Lead, Yew Chung IS, Hong Kong
• Taught English, Humanities, and Web Programming classes to primarily EAL students
• Supervised introduction of Middle School program as English Subject Lead, 2017-18
September, 2006 – August, 2016 Full-Time Teacher, Skyridge Middle School, Camas, WA
• Taught 7th and 8th Language Arts (grammar, writing, and literature) and Social Studies
• Elected by peers to be President of Camas Education Association, July of 2014-June 2016
April, 2000 – October, 2006 Full-Time Faculty, Portland Campus (POC) of Heald College
• Taught grammar, writing, literature, and humanities courses to culturally diverse students
• Revised curriculum, exams, and developed courses through Education Advisory Committee
• General Studies Department Chair from 2002 through the end of my tenure
1997-98 School Year 8th Grade Teacher (.4 FTE), Nisqually Middle School, Olympia, WA
• Taught Language Arts and Social Studies, coached, and served on a 504 Plan Committee
I believe that students learn English best when they are able to use the language to pursue topics of their own choosing, and that participation in conversation is a key to not only speaking English well but also to writing well. My approach to teaching has always been to connect the interests of the students to the topic being taught. Ultimately, students learn best when they have control over the content of the lessons while the teacher helps to guide the student towards more productive learning experiences.