HOMETOWN: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Everyone always told me I should pursue teaching, but it wasn't until I completed an internship teaching English at a German high school that I realized teaching was truly the profession for me. After graduation, I returned to Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English at the same high school where I began teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). I continued my journey in language learning and teaching in graduate school, focusing on German and second language acquisition. These combined interests led to work in curriculum design, assessment and teaching German at the high school and university levels as well as English courses for international university students. I value the importance of meaningful language learning and cultural exchange as an essential part of the educational experience at all levels of instruction.
WHY DO YOU ENJOY WORKING WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS? Teaching international students provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the world and interact with a diverse group of thoughtful, motivated, and globally minded citizens. Each student brings unique cultural perspectives and linguistic backgrounds to the classroom environment, which enriches the educational experience for all of us. I enjoy supporting students to take healthy risks, challenge themselves and achieve their personal and academic goals while at UW-Whitewater. My objective is to help students feel comfortable and confident as they explore the languages and cultures on campus, in the community, in the state and in the US.
Laurentide Hall 3106