I was born and raised in the Midwestern United States, where I also attended college, but have since relocated to Asia. Immediately following university, I moved to Guilin, China where I worked as an ESL instructor for 2 years. While there, my main job was to teach Speaking, Listening, and Business English in a classroom setting to university sophomores. However, I also did several side jobs tutoring students of all ages in classroom, 1-on-1, and camp settings on topics ranging from general conversational English, to IELTS test preparation, and outdoor education. After two years in China, I was itching for a change and decided to embark on a backpacking journey throughout SE Asia. In addition to travelling, I also have a passion for cooking and baking, and I love any and all outdoor activities, namely hiking and rock climbing.
As an ESL teacher, I specialize in oral English, but that can be anything from casual conversation to formal business presentations or interviews. Most of my experience is in intermediate-advanced English, but I am also open to beginner students. I believe the purpose of language is communication, and therefore tend to emphasize fluency over accuracy in my teaching, but will adjust my error correction style to whatever suits you. I have a very student-driven teaching style. In my mind, you, the student, are the boss. Our classes together can be whatever you want them to be. I can be as firm or friendly as you like, and our classes can be as casual or academic as you prefer. In our first class together, it will be my objective to identify your learning goals and establish a baseline for your skills and abilities. From then on, I will work with you to create a teaching plan and strategy to help you reach those goals in a way that works for you. We will work together to create a consistent format for our classes that suits you best. I am very flexible and always open to feedback. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing a student progress over time. Consequently, I prefer to teach students who can commit to regular classes with me for an extended period of time.