My family moved around quite a bit throughout my life, affording me a rich background in cultural diversity. I spent my childhood both in the US in Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio, and Los Angeles, and also abroad in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
After receiving my first degree in psychology, I worked as a behavior interventionist for two years. In that role, I spent a great deal of time in classrooms working with teachers as well as students from divergent socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who had various academic needs.
Many gifted students struggle with English, but I strongly believe that every person can excel in—and even enjoy—English if given proper guidance. Inspired to pursue my love for literature and writing, I am currently finishing a second degree in education to become an English teacher.
Degree: B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz, completed in 2015
Major: Secondary Education in English from Rochester University, 2018-present
Special Training & Events: behavior intervention using applied behavior analysis, immersion teaching with Native American students, creative writing workshops
Years of Experience: 3 yrs.
Hero: Jack Kerouac
High–Impact Books: On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
High–Impact Lecture: “Psychology and the Law” by Professor Craig Haney, UC Santa Cruz
Favorite Places I’ve Visited: Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo, Hiroshima
Hobbies: bass guitar, writing
Passion: writing, literature, film, storytelling
Favorite Quotation: “Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.”– Aldous Huxley