I graduated from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to become once I graduated, but I knew that I loved studying language, literature, and learning about life in different countries and from other cultures. To help gain clarity around what I wanted to do as a career, as well as to live out my love of language, literature, and exploring other cultures, I traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica to study.
There, I attended a language school where I became certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) so that I could teach English anywhere in the world. It was also through that experience that I learned that I had a passion for teaching. I learned that it was not just passion to teach language, but a passion to teach people. When I came back to the United States, I continued my studies in Spanish Language and Literature as well as earned my teaching license to teach Spanish K-12. Eventually, I went back to NIU and earned a Master of Science degree in Literacy Education, specifically biliteracy, bilingualism, and ESL (English as a Second Language).
Throughout my career, I have had beautiful opportinuties to work in a variety of roles that helped shape who I am today and helped lead me to exactly where I was meant to be. From working as a high school Spanish teacher, an ESL teacher at a middle school and elementary school, a second grade bilingual teacher, and finally a fourth grade dual-language teacher here at Irish, the most amazing school in the world, I have found my home!
I currently am the Instructional Coach at Irish, which means I have stepped out of the classroom in order to partner with our teachers so that together we can develop student efficacy, resilience, and make a profound impact on our students' growth, both socially-emotionally and academically through our craft of teaching. While I miss having my own students and building a family with them within the classroom, I really enjoy empowering teachers, learning together, and walking side-by-side to master our teaching crafts to improve student learning, and ultimately see the impact it has on all students' lives. I also get to know so many more of the students throughout our school, which fills my heart!