Work History

Work History
Nov 2012 - Present

Vice President

National Network for Early Language Learning

- Chair of the Editorial Board for The Professional Journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning

- Chair of the Bylaws Committee

- Chair of the Awards Committee

- Appoint committee members for a term of one year with Board approval

- Plans and leads all meetings with the president is unavailable

- Attends all Board meetings as a voting member

- Attends and speaks on behalf of NNELL at conferences, workshops and other related functions 

- Attends the Joint National Committee for Languages & National Council for Languages and International Studies Delegates assembly and speaks on behalf of NNELL

Aug 2007 - Jul 2012

(JCPS) World Language Teacher

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS)

Dunn Elementary School

- Assessment and Spanish instruction for 600+ students K-5

- Created curriculum for K - 5 instruction

- Produced videos demonstrating student performance in Spanish

- Wrote and directed 2 K-5 Spanish skits performed at the 2008 and 2009 JCPS World Language Showcase -

- Created a website for online use of curriculum by teachers, parents and students

Jun 2007 - Jun 2008

English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor

Americana Community Center

Summer program lasting 6 weeks in 2007 and in 2008

- Taught English Language Learners (ELLs) at the elementary level

- Created lesson plans for small groups ages 9-15

Feb 2005 - Jun 2007

Bilingual Associate Instructor

JCPS

Byck Elementary School

- Assisted English Language Learners at the elementary level- Created lesson plans for individual students and small groups- Translating / Interpreting for parents and school staff

Jun 2005 - Jun 2006

English as a Second Language Instructor

Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Summer program lasting 6 weeks in 2005 and in 2006

- Taught English Language Learners (ELLs) at the elementary level

- Created lesson plans for small groups ages 4-14

Aug 2003 - Jun 2005

American Reads Program Assistant

Bonner Leader / Americorp

- Taught English Language Learners (ELLs) at the elementary level

- Created lesson plans for small groups ages 5-11

Education

Education
Aug 2005 - May 2008

Master of Education (M.Ed)

University of Louisville

Studies focused on:

  • ESL
  • Second Language Acquisition 
  • Teaching and Learning
Jun 2006 - Aug 2006

Northern Kentucky University

Option 7 Summer Institute for World Language Teachers Certification Program

  • 12 graduate credits earned
May 2003 - May 2004

University of Louisville (Panama)

Summer 2004

  • Internship at The Oxford School : Observations at a school with dual-language program.
  • 3 credits earned toward Latin American Studies minor

Summer 2003

  •  6 credits earned in Latin American Studies and Spanish

ACTFL

Member of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

KWLA

Kentucky World Language Association Member

NNELL/KY-NELL

Vice President for the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)

AATSP

Member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Presentations

2012

         CSCTFL Conference: Presentation of leadership project mentoring new teachers. Milwaukee, WI

         JCPS Professional Development: Sessions offering networking and resources for language teachers.

         Louisville, KY  

2011

         Article: Giving Kids A CAN DO Attitude! The Professional Journal for the National Network

         of Early Language Learning, Spring/Summer 2011

ACTFL Conference Presentation: Giving Kids A CAN DO Attitude! Denver, CO

IN-NELL Fall Workshop: LinguaFolio Inspired Teaching and Assessment (co-presented

with Andrea Suarez)

KWLA Conference: 1) Introduction of Kentucky World Language Mentorship Program

(co-presented with Andrea Suarez) 2) Giving Kids A CAN DO Attitude!  3) Advocacy

Workshop (co-presented with Lucas Gravitt, Janna Chiang and Nathon Patton)

2010

          Central States of Teaching of Foreign Languages: Giving Kids A CAN DO Attitude!

KWLA Conference: 1) Giving Kids A CAN DO Attitude!  2) Beginning Teacher  Workshop 

          (Co-presented with Randy Barrette and Michelle Randolph 3) KY-NELL Swapshop

JCPS Workshop: Spring Clean Your Resources!

2009

KWLA Conference: 1) Target Language Only (Co-presented with Andrea Suarez) 2)  Advocacy

          Workshop (co-presented with Lucas Gravitt, Janna Chiang and Nathon Patton)

2008

KWLA Conference: Core Content in the World Language Classroom (Co-presented with Janna

          Chiang, Rana Malawi, Karim Zami and Oscar Niyriagira)

2006

KWLA Conference: World Languages and English as a Second Language: BuildingPartnerships

          (Co-presented with Dr. Gay N. Washburn (NKU) and Burton Powers)

Certifications

Certifications

Endorsement for Teaching English As Second Language, All Grades

Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia

Professional Certificate For Teaching Spanish, P-12

Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia