I enjoy sharing my love of reading, writing, language, and learning with students. I journal regularly and sometimes write songs for guitar, which I love to play.
I have tutored English language learners in all subjects both in and out of school settings. I lived, taught, and tutored in Caracas, Venezuela, for over a year and a half and in Los Angeles, California, for three years. The appeal of the Detroit area is the diversity of people I’m privileged to work with.
Bilingual, I’ve found that Spanish grammar and vocabulary studies have helped me better understand and teach English grammar and vocabulary. For six years I taught middle school Spanish, and for one year I taught elementary Spanish.
I enjoy working with students from a wide range of backgrounds, including English language learners and students with special needs. Joining the Inkwell team gives me an opportunity to share my love of language and my experience teaching writing and reading with my students.
Degree: B.A., Hope College; M.A., Oakland University
Major: Language Arts Composite for Elementary Teaching; Masters in Reading
Special Training: Reading Level Diagnostics, Creating Reading Plans, Reading and Writing Strategies; CPI training; on-site training in reading and writing strategies for students in autism spectrum
Years of Experience: 16+
Hero: Mother Teresa
High–Impact Books: Thirty Years with the Silent Billion by Frank C. Laubach, Chasing the Dragon by Jackie Pullinger, Gracias by Henri Nouwen
High–Impact Lecture: Maya Angelou’s “Rainbow in the Clouds” Student Speaker Series address, Hope College, 2001
Favorite Places I’ve Visited: beaches in Venezuela and the Caribbean, mountains in Central America, California coast, Smoky Mountains National Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Cambodia, and Peru
Hobbies: reading, traveling, making music, eating food from around the world, hiking, and exploring
Passion: helping students achieve their goals and fostering a passion for life-long learning and discovery
Favorite Quotation: “The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.”–Fred Rogers