A host of factors attracted me to the field of ESL (English as a Second Language). Chief among these are my inordinate fondness for analyzing the relationship between sentence structure and meaning (in other words, diagramming sentences), my fascination with the processes of second language acquisition, the delight I take in meeting and working with people from other countries or cultures, and my passion for teaching grammar (and other stuff, too) in both German and English. Above all, I was drawn to the field by my own experiences as a first-generation college graduate, which taught me how difficult it is to navigate the culture and language of an American university without a caring and competent mentor. I am proud to serve as a mentor for the multilingual students enrolled in Writing 120 here at the Sweetland Center for Writing!
In my spare time, I enjoy inventing German words that express nonsensical concepts, biking, playing board games, doing needlework, reading, and practicing my musical instruments: voice, piano, guitar, and hammered dulcimer. I also play disc golf very badly. If you ever meet me on a disc golf course, take cover.
- Writing 100: Transition to College Writing
- Writing 120: College Writing for Multilingual Students
- Writing 240: Academic Communication for Multilingual Students
- LHSP 125: College Writing: Being Human in the Digital Age