Teaching gives me joy and purpose.
For the past six years, I have been an educator for a breadth of age groups in a variety of settings and content domains. These are some of my favorite content areas to teach:
Phonics and Literacy (ELL)
I come from a multilingual family and speak different languages besides English, so growing up, I witnessed firsthand the challenges of communicating and reading in a language besides one's own mother tongue. It invigorates me to think about how I can spark a passion for reading within my students and to help students build decoding and inferential skills. I have been a part of literacy teaching teams and worked with ESL students in Grades 4 and 5, had my own drama class as part of an English language learning program for middle school students in Hong Kong, and taught bilingual French-English Kindergarten students in Montreal for two years. Additionally, while completing my Master's degree in Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science, I created an online phonics lesson for Kindergarteners.
Job Skills and Workforce Readiness
While volunteering for The Weingart Center on Skid Row in Los Angeles, I taught a job skills class for adults in which I covered topics such as the job search, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and LinkedIn use. I was also the first job skills teacher at Weingart to pilot the organization's new job search technology curriculum. Currently, as a Social Innovation Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, I am collaborating with graduate students in business, public policy, and innovation management in creating a tool to help bridge the secondary education and job skills gap in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Drama and Theatre
I designed and taught a summer long drama course for middle school students at an English immersion program in Hong Kong. While working at Branksome Hall Asia, I was also a tutor for IB DP Theatre Students in Grades 11 and 12. Also, I currently run the Pittsburgh Acting Meetup, which is a workshop series free to all in which members of the community can learn acting techniques. I plan and teach workshops on topics such as Script Analysis and Beginning Viewpoints.
- International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Certificate
past student age groups
- Early Years (PreK, Kindergarten)
- Lower Primary (Grades 1, 2)
- Upper Primary (Grades 4, 5)
- Middle School (Grades 7, 8)
- High School (Grades 10, 11, 12)
- Adult (Age 18+)
- Family education
- United States
- China (Hong Kong)
- South Korea