I was born near Denver, grew up in Texas, then moved back to Colorado after graduating from college. I've lived here most of my life, but have traveled all over the U.S. and to several countries. I've been teaching ESL since 2010, when I went to China to teach high school students. Later, I went to Japan and taught university students for three years. I also tutor students from all over the world online and have a certificate in TEFL. Additionally, I have a master's degree in Library Science, and was a librarian for seven years before I started teaching. I am an avid runner and hiker, and an experienced backpacker. I also love to knit, read and drink coffee! It is my mission to empower students to confidently pursue their educational goals and to have fun along the way. I'm so happy to be here and I look forward to meeting you!
I am originally from Hopewell Junction, NY, which is 1.5 hours north of NYC. I have also lived in Arizona, California, Minnesota and South Korea. Currently, I hold a BA in English Literature from Northern Arizona University and I am conducting compositional research to complete my MA in TESL from St. Cloud State University. I love working with students from other cultures and believe education is a means to personal empowerment - no matter the subject. I love seeing my students gain confidence in using English, as well as learning about their cultures, personal stories and experiences. I have been married since 2005 to my wife Sarah and we have one daughter Nadia and are expecting another daughter this November.
I grew up here in the metro-Denver area, before attending a small liberal arts college in Iowa. Since then, I’ve spent a decade traveling and teaching primarily in Asia. I’ve taught kindergarteners in Busan, South Korea; worked with high school students in Queretaro, Mexico while obtaining my TEFL certificate; and in Hong Kong, China I spent five years working with adult students: first at a private language school, next at a major university, and then at a vocational college.
My specialties include academic writing, social English, and test preparation. I particularly enjoy making challenging topics as fun as possible J. I have a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies & Philosophy, while my Master’s degree is in Education.
I was born here in Denver, but I grew up on the north side of Atlanta, Georgia with my family. While living in Georgia, I attended Georgia State University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics and a TEFL Certificate to teach English. I worked abroad in Panama in various teaching positions, and while I was abroad, I found my passion for teaching. I enjoy working at CSE because I have met so many wonderful people from all over the world, and I enjoy learning about different cultures. In my free time I love to hike, snowboard, paddleboard, and explore new places. Living in Colorado is great because I love the outdoors, and I live an active lifestyle.