School of Applied Technologies and Technical Specialties
English as a Second Language
What she teaches:
This semester I am teaching Beginning Reading/Writing, Beginning Listening/Speaking. I have also taught Intermediate II Reading/Writing, Intermediate I Listening/Speaking, Advanced I Reading/Writing, Intermediate II Vocabulary, Intermediate II Pronunciation.
Number of years teaching at SLCC:
Utah State University
University of Pittsburgh
Why working at SLCC matters:
Working at SLCC matters to me because I sincerely believe in its mission and values. I specifically chose to work at SLCC because I want to support our student population. I value the opportunity to play a small role in helping students who may not have believed that higher education was an option for them and those who are facing the challenge of beginning a new life in a new place. Working with our ESL students matters because every day my students help me look at the world from a different perspective.
Greatest professional challenge:
The transition from a career in publishing, which can be very solitary, to a people-focused career in education was a significant challenge.
Greatest professional accomplishment:
Making the decision to live abroad for several years in order to pursue a career change and gain the experience necessary to progress professionally. Figuring out how to work, live and thrive in each new environment and each new country. This time was probably the most transformative for me professionally and personally.
Advice for students or others:
The advice that I wish I would have received when I was a young student is - Life has a way of taking many unexpected turns. For most people, life does not go exactly to plan no matter how well you prepare. Be open to the idea that the unexpected can lead you to a fuller, more interesting life than you thought possible. Your career path will likely be longer and less predictable you think.
I want to challenge myself to take more risks and be more innovative in the way I think, work, and teach. I still have much to learn.
Reading, knitting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and travel.