I have been an English language instructor since 2005.

I earned my MA in Linguistics with a specialization in TESOL from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. I taught for many years in various English programs in Chicago, and I completed two U.S. State Department English Language Fellowships posted in Beirut, Lebanon.

In 2017, I entered the Second Language Studies (SLS) program at Michigan State University. I serve the SLS program as founder of the “Applied Interdisciplinary Scholarship in SLA” student reading group, comprised of colleagues from SLS, Teacher Education, Human Development and Family Studies, and other programs. I also lead an undergraduate reading group with my former students (pre-service K-12 language teachers) devoted to topics of accessible teaching in second language learning.

It is important to me that I make time to serve the greater MSU community as well. In 2018 and 2019 I served on the planning committee of the Accessible Learning Conference. In the academic year 2019-2020 I serve as a Graduate Student Representative on the College Inclusive Practices Committee.

In 2018, I interned with the English Learner and Accessibility Specialist at the Michigan Department of Education. My time with the MDE afforded me a glimpse into the educational assessments in Michigan and the realities of implementing top-down policies with teachers and learners on the ground.

Somehow, I also find time to volunteer in my son’s kindergarten class and read a book (or two) with a cat (or three) on my lap.

I hope you enjoy browsing this site. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, especially any comments related to the accessibility of the content here.

Photography credit: the background headshot of me was expertly shot by Stephanie Gasparich.