Phone: (405) 974-5721
Office: LIB 145
I am a TESL graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student in Bilingual and Teaching English as a Second Language award. I have been an ESL teacher for 10 years, and I have ESL certification in both TX and OK. I am married and have 3 adult sons. My hobbies include traveling, photography, skiing, hiking, and reading.
I have served on the board of OKTESOL as the lifelong learning chair and, before that, the K-12 chair. I was selected to go to Washington D.C. in the summer of 2010 to represent Oklahoma ESL teachers as an advocate for ESL students, where I was privileged to meet with our congressmen on Capitol Hill as they prepare to reauthorize No Child Left Behind. I have subsequently presented at conferences, faculty meetings and service organizations on topics relating to second language learners. I am the founder and coordinator of an adult ESL class, overseeing more than a dozen teachers, and an average of 45 adult students weekly of varying languages and proficiency levels.
I have traveled to 13 other countries, have hosted foreign exchange students in my home, and, in general, have a great appreciation and interest in knowing foreign people and their cultures, as well as working with immigrants trying to assimilate and acculturate into our great nation.
In working with English Learners of all ages and having researched second language acquisition for many years, I know that proficiency in the English language hinges upon the motivation of the student, but also the ability of the teacher to form a relationship of trust with the student and determine a baseline of instruction by understanding the prior knowledge of the student and scaffolding instruction to build on that knowledge. Being a part of any endeavor to aid goal-oriented men and women to become successful or to light a fire under the student with no confidence has become, not only a primary career objective for me, but my passion and my mission.