I began teaching as a young girl, in front of stuffed animals. I never considered doing anything else, except for a brief stint in which I wanted to be a neurologist. Teaching won out!
People ask when I started learning Spanish, and I don't have a certain time. I remember riding my bike to the local library (my second home) and checking out cassettes - yes, cassettes - to help learn Spanish. I listened to them faithfully along with Muzzie and other programs to learn Spanish. Eventually, I studied it formally in high school and college.
My undergraduate degree is in Secondary Spanish Education and my MA is in Teaching of Languages (TESOL and Spanish). Some of my greatest joys have included being able to study in Mexico during college, later traveling with my husband and kids by bus throughout all Central American countries, returning to Guatemala various times to complete an adoption, taking my family back to Mexico, and most recently exploring Spain with my husband and oldest daughter.
During my time in Mexico, I taught English classes and Spanish literacy to adults in the small town where I stayed. Since then, I have taught adult English classes as a volunteer and at a community college. I have taught Spanish for grades 4 - 12, in public and private school settings. I am currently teaching Spanish at a local university.
I live in a farmhouse in Iowa, surrounded by beautiful land and my husband's menagerie of animals. We have 5 kids, ages 18-11; they have taught me more about education and meeting our students' needs than any college course, and I am so grateful.
We also raise amazing Golden Retrievers and Goldendoodles.