After completing my dual Bachelor's degree at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in 1995 with honors, I immediately began working for a genealogy book company named Numa, in Akron, Ohio as a multilingual book editor, translating digital books from English into French and Spanish. It was an enriching experience for me.
Prior to that, I spent my junior year abroad in Bordeaux, France. I also was an au-pair during a summer in Menorca, Spain caring for three toddlers. Being a third culture learner who grew up in Zaire, Indonesia, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and Germany, gave me a new perspective on life growing up in International Schools, with a French mother and American father.
A friend enthusiastically invited me to a small three month visit to Costa Rica, for her Master's thesis studies in anthropology, and asked me to join her since we both spoke Spanish and felt safer traveling together. Falling in love with the people and culture, I decided to start teaching English to adults in the private American Institute of Language, in San Pedro for six months.
I enjoyed working with adults, then found a position as a first grade teacher in a private bilingual school also in San Pedro, Blue Valley School. Since I loved teaching English to first graders, I decided to get my Master in Education k-3, through the University of Framingham, Massachusetts, while teaching at Blue Valley School. I ended up teaching grades 1-4 at this school and finishing my Master's with honor's in 2000, while also raising my two year old son Nico, with my husband.
After a great experience working at Blue Valley School, a transfer to Country Day School was a welcoming change for me. I began teaching prep for five years, then first grade for ten years, and I am now starting my third year as a second grade teacher, now beginning my nineteenth year at Country Day School.
I love working with international children, and was fortunate to have my two children also join me in this excellent school. We have met and experienced great families and friends, through these past nineteen years. My daughter is now a sophomore at Country Day School, and my son graduated last year, and chose to be a Marine. He has since graduated with honors from MOS school, specializing in diesel mechanics, and is now a Marine and college student in Oceanside, California. Both of my children have loved being students at Country Day School since they started in Pre-K.
As well as full-time teaching, I also enjoy engaging grade 1 and 2 children in Beginner's French Club after school. I also strive to practice yoga, enjoy the beaches and volcanoes in Costa Rica, as well as traveling throughout the United States and Europe.