I have been a communicative and comprehension-based language teacher at the elementary, middle, university, and adult levels. I am currently in the PhD program in Hispanic Linguistics at FSU. I love helping teachers to learn a scientifically-supported approach to developing fluency. I am constantly trying to improve my own instruction and innovate better ways to engage students and facilitate language acquisition in the classroom.
I received my B.A. in Psychology and in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill. I taught English in Honduras for 3 years as a part of my service as a Youth Development Volunteer in the Peace Corps and after as Director of Operations for the Honduras Educational Development Assistance Corp. My Honduran wife and I return to Honduras in the summer months, and I have volunteered in the schools to support English instruction, as well as set up a book-based English program in one school.
I taught Spanish to grades 3-8 at the Edgartown School in Massachusetts as well as teaching an Adult class. Then, I taught grades 7 and 8 at Charlotte Preparatory School in North Carolina. I received my MA in Hispanic Linguistics at FSU where I also taught Spanish as part of the basic language program. I start my PhD studies in the fall of 2019. This is the 3rd year that I've co-taught an online summer course on Second Language Acquisition and Language Instruction as part of a language teacher certificate program at UC Boulder.