Assistant Director & Instructor, AES
Hello and welcome to AES. I’m originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin but have called Portland home for 17 years now. My undergraduate studies were in business, anthropology, and museum studies, quite different ends of the academic spectrum. I have always been drawn to exploring different cultures and to language, and this eventually led me to teaching English as a second language. Before coming to Lewis & Clark College, I taught at Kara Harp Okulu Military Academy in Ankara, Turkey, Portland Community College, and Portland State University. Since joining the AES faculty in fall 2010, I’ve especially enjoyed the collaborative spirit that thrives between the students and faculty. I am also so thankful to come to work each day on this lush green forest campus.
Outside of work, I’m busy keeping up with my 10-year old son, who is a constant source of funny stories. Together we cook, cycle, swim, garden, read, and play sports and board games. I am also an avid museum and movie goer and enjoy staying active outdoors. Last summer, I biked 100 kilometers in one day, and this summer I hope to complete a triathlon.
- M.A., TESOL, 2002, Portland State University
- B.A., Anthropology, 1995, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee