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I am a dedicated and experienced teacher of language and culture.  My research and employment history have given me the opportunity to develop a unique perspective.  My teaching style is an effective combination of linguistic analysis, cultural exploration, and experiential learning.

I believe my strengths in teaching can be traced back to experiences at summer camp.  Teaching English to speakers of other languages became important to me after volunteering to teach recent immigrants to the USA during and after college.  I have nearly 15 years of training in Chinese, both colloquial and literary, completed in the USA, Beijing, and Taipei.  Translating has been an important skill for my research, and also enriches my classroom methodology.

Work experience

Dec 2008Present


Democrats Abroad Taiwan
Apr 2009Dec 2009

Translator / Editor

Academia Sinica

Employed as a part time translator and editor for academic papers, as well as communications and web site material.

Dec 2002Jul 2005

English Instructor

The Chinese Cultural University, School of Continuing Education
Sep 2000Nov 2002

Assistant Director

Camp Mondamin

Assistant to the Treasurer

Frank and Calla Bell Scholarship Foundation
Jun 1998Jun 1999

Canoe and Kayak Instructor

Nantahala Outdoor Center




National Taiwan University

Amherst College