Welcome to my classes!
To read the website for a specific class, click on the class name above. Each one has class information, study links, and much more.
Some More Information about Me...
I started teaching English almost 20 years ago, and I've been teaching here at Sylvania for more than 10 years.
I have taught in Oregon, Washington, California, China, and Japan. In China, I spent 2 years in the English department of Nanfang Yejin Xueyuan, a college in Ganzhou City, Jiangxi Province. I didn't study Chinese before going there, and in such a small city, almost nobody spoke English. I had to learn to speak Chinese by being brave and talking to people every day. In Japan, I taught in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture for about 1 year. This time, I studied Japanese in graduate school, and that helped me. I also grew up hearing and speaking Spanish with my family, but I never have studied it at school. So I feel that I have tried three totally different ways of learning languages! I remember these experiences every day as I teach. I remember sometimes learning quickly and sometimes learning slowly. I think this helps me be a better teacher.
My master's degree is in linguistics, the study of language as a whole. I studied at UCSC in Santa Cruz, California, which is an amazing university.
Many people ask what country I am from. Actually, I am an American: I was born in L.A., California. My family is from Mexico, however, so I am Mexican-American, and I'm proud of both countries.
I look forward to meeting you!