Thus far, my life has been quite the international adventure! I spent my early childhood living near Stuttgart, Germany until we moved to Sacramento, California. Growing up we spent most of our summer vacations going home to Germany and traveling around Europe.
When I got older, I studied at the beautiful University of California, Santa Barbara. During my time there, I studied abroad twice, once at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and then later at the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. I later returned to Leiden to complete my Masters of Science degree in Political Science with a specialisation in International Relations. These experiences abroad inspired me to explore the world and lead a more global life.
After graduating University, I spent a few years getting work experience as a Project Management Specialist for the US Army Corps of Engineers. During this time I also became a youth group advisor and later the Youth Director for Congregation B’nai Israel where I was integral in starting the new Kesher Program, geared towards the social and educational development of all kids between 12-18 years old. Before long I realised that my part-time job working with the youth in my community was many times more fulfilling than my full-time job in project management. I decided it was time to pursue youth work and teaching as a career.
I moved back to the Netherlands and started working as a Library Assistant in the American School of the Hague. This position offered me a lot of one-on-one time with the students at our school, developing their research skills and fostering a love of reading. At the same time, I also began teaching a weekly children’s krav maga class, FunFightFit. At this point, I felt my calling…teaching!
I enrolled in The College of New Jersey and earned my Masters of Education with an emphasis on International Education. I received my New Jersey Elementary Teaching Certification in January 2016. During this program, I student taught at Pace Charter School in Hamilton, New Jersey in the Upper Elementary.
I then taught at the Children’s International School in Moss, Norway. I was the homeroom teacher for PYP 4 and also taught MYP German. I currently teach as the Group 3 teacher at the International School Delft in the Netherlands, also with the IB PYP curriculum.
Teaching has been such a wonderful learning experience and exciting journey and I look forward to the many fun lessons and classes to come!
Fluent in English, German, Dutch (NT2 certified)
Dual citizenship with the United States and Germany
Memberships and Affiliations:
Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority
International Krav Maga Federation
University of California, Santa Barbara
The College of New Jersey
University of Sussex
For more information about me, feel free to read my Interesting Facts About Me blog post.