I attended Kansas State University and earned a dual degree in marketing and advertising. After graduating, I worked for awhile in corporate marketing for Mercantile Stores West, first as a media buyer and production assistant and then in fashion and special events. I also worked as an account executive in a local advertising agency before having the opportunity to teach overseas.
Just a few years out of college, I decided to take a detour in my career to teach English at a Hungarian high school that specialized in economics. I taught business English and conversational English at Geza Kiraly Kozgazdasagi in Vac, Hungary for two years.
Geza Kiraly Kozgazdasagi Szakoszepiskola-The School that I taught at in Vac, Hungary
I absolutely loved teaching and experiencing life overseas! I was very fortunate to be able to travel to 12 different countries during my time overseas. I was able to see and experience things that I never thought I would. My experience overseas really tested me and broadened my world view.
Needless to say, that opportunity overseas changed my life. What I thought would be a little 2-year detour turned into a completely new road for me. When I returned from Hungary, I decided not to return to the business world, but to work toward my true calling. I earned another degree in English Education from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. I loved teaching communication arts, but my passion was teaching English as a second language. So, I continued on to the University of Kansas and received my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction in TESOL.
My experiences overseas have made me a better ESL teacher in many ways. For one thing, I am more empathetic to the challenges that an ESL student can face. I have taught at all levels K-12 and currently teach at Cottonwood Point Elementary School.
"One language sets you in a corridor for life.
Two languages open every door
along the way." - Frank Smith