Hello! I am happy that you are reading my bio. I live in beautiful Southwest Colorado where the mountains and desert meet. Although I am new to Verbling, I am NOT NEW to teaching. I am a TEFL certified ESL teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching English as a Second Language. I have lived in France, Spain, Chile and Brazil and therefore have been a language learner myself. I speak Spanish, Portuguese and French. I know what it takes to learn a language and I am also familiar with the challenges and hurdles that a new language learner faces. Moreover, I have been a freelance teacher online for several years teaching people from all over the world. I have taught executives, college students, high school students and anyone that is genuinely interested in learning English. Whether it be for business, school or personal reasons I can help you become proficient in English and have fun while doing it.
My classes are designed for those who already have a basic understanding of the English language. I teach Upper Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. If you are a true beginner than I am not your teacher. Although I know there are many teachers on Verbling that cater to folks like you.
My lessons are catered to your needs so it is never a one-size-fits-all lesson plan. We can cover pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, writing or simply conversation. One thing that I like to do with my students is have them read an article at their skill level so that they can work on pronunciation while at the same time learn new vocabulary and grammar.
Aside from living in other countries, I have also traveled extensively throughout the world such as South America, Asia, Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. As you can see, I have a serious case of the wander lust and that wander lust has shaped my life and outlook of the world in so many positive ways. I absolutely love different cultures and also love to learn different languages.
I love teaching and helping others succeed!
Let’s start learning! I look forward to working with you and getting to know you in the process.
Received a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Environmental Studies.
1993 - 1994
Study Abroad Program
Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Madrid, Spain
Was one of 13 students chosen to study in Spain through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). I was matriculated as a full-time student during my junior year in college and the credits I received were transferred to the University of Montana when I returned.
Great Basin National Park, National Park Service - Baker, NV
Provided professional planning and landscape architecture expertise for outdoor recreation and capital improvement projects for Great Basin National Park (GRBA). Projects encompassed trail and trailhead design and layout, campground design and development, landscape restoration, studies on visitor use and experience, land suitability and visual resource analyses, development of interpretive and informational media, environmental assessment, outdoor recreation plans and programs, wilderness planning and management, supervision of trail and maintenance crew, GPS field data collection, generation of cartographic products via ArcGIS, managing database files, and other outdoor recreation planning related activities.
National Trails Intermountain Region, National Park Service - Santa Fe, NM
Provided professional planning expertise for resource management, site development, road sign plans, and other planning-related activities for nine national historic trails. Managed and generated cartographic products for web-based applications and print. Maintained and developed geodatabases and GIS data for the office. Produced high quality maps for publication and office needs. Collect data in the field using GPS technology. Served as principle author and co-author to various documents including newsletters, trail feasibility studies, comprehensive management and use plans, as well as environmental assessments/environmental impact statements. Wrote and designed interpretation and public outreach material. Wrote scripts and assisted in the filming and development of webcasts and other multimedia material. Designed and managed trail websites. Facilitated and conducted presentations at public, partner and interagency meetings. Provided technical assistance to a variety of partners on trail and site planning. Participated in the review of in-house and external documents.
Served as a community coordinator to facilitate the placement and supervision of foreign exchange students in high schools and with volunteer host families. Served as the main point-of-contact for students and host families. Engaged students in various extra-curricular and community service activities to enrich their exchange experience. Networked and conducted public outreach activities to generate interest in PAX programs in the community. Secured approval for enrollment of the international students in local high schools. Recruited and screened volunteer host families for international students each year. Provided orientations for both host families and students. Submitted bi-monthly progress reports to PAX on students and host families. Students came from countries all over the world including but not limited to Mali, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Jordan, Israel, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Germany, and France.
Served as a mentor and instructor of English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult learners in the Santa Fe area. Tutored individuals and groups on a weekly basis. Devised weekly lesson plans that focused on building fluency in vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing skills. Incorporated creative ways to facilitate learning ESL through games, images, songs and interactive experiences. Monitored progress through the submission of weekly evaluation reports.
Taught group and individual ESL lessons to executives, as well as college and high school students in São Paulo, Brazil. Developed lesson plans based on client’s needs and skill level. Introduced innovative and fun teaching tools that facilitated learning and comprehension. Administered tests and graded homework.
2017 - 0
Online ESL Instructor
ESL with Brooke - Durango, CO
Teach English as a Second Language (ESL) online (via Skype) to non-native speakers. Provide one-on-one sessions for beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers to assist with English reading, writing, and conversational skills. Develop and create individual lesson plans catered to the individual’s skill level and specific needs. Utilize innovative and fun teaching tools that facilitate learning and comprehension.