I am an ELL/bilingual Spanish resource teacher at Nelson School. I grew up in the Midwest and graduated from Knox College with a B.A. in English and an education degree. I moved to Chicago and began to work with high school students in the Chicago Public Schools. I received my Master's Degree in Multicultural Education at Columbia College in 2006, and then went on to earn a degree in English as a Second Language. Later, I earned another certificate in Bilingual Spanish teaching. My two passions are teaching and travel. I have been teaching for over half my life, and I have traveled extensively in Asia and Latin America. I received a National Security in Education Fellowship for travel in India, where I spent 6 weeks doing research for my master's thesis on women's issues in education. I also received a Fulbright Teacher Fellowship in 2005 to travel through Japan and study language, culture and teaching methods. During the past 10 years, I have traveled in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia to refine my Spanish language skills and have adventures. I love to bring the things that I learn in my travels into the classroom.