I studied at Eastern Oregon University, where I earned a bachelor's and master's degree in education. After becoming a teacher in 2003, I started a unique journey as an educator. My first teaching experience was as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova, which is where I fell in love with languages. Living with a Romanian-speaking family for two years, I became fluent in Romanian while also learning survival Russian. Teaching in the Peace Corps made me a more resourceful individual and teacher.
After returning to the U.S., I wanted to continue my teaching adventures abroad, both for the love of travel and for my desire to learn the Spanish language. That led me to a bilingual international school in Honduras, where I taught middle school language arts for two years. Taking advantage of the opportunity, I immersed myself in the language and culture, and I achieved my goal of fluency in Spanish.
Since being back from overseas, I guided English language learners from around the world in U.S. schools, nurtured English as a foreign language online, and then landed here at McKeel, my teaching home, where I've taught Spanish since 2019.
In our Spanish classroom, I ask that you come to class prepared and willing to try with an open mind. In foreign language study, if you're not making mistakes, then you're not trying hard enough. Make mistakes. Learn from them. Build word by word. That's the language acquisition process, and I look forward to being a part of your journey.