I was born in Livonia, Michigan but spent most of my childhood in Superior, Colorado. Originally, I completed college at Colorado State University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in History; as well as a Teaching Certificate for 7-12 Social Studies. A few years later, I was fortunate enough to complete a Master’s program in International Education from Framingham State University, based out of Massachusetts. Professionally, I've worked in four different countries and have been teaching since 2010. At the beginning of my career, I taught Social Studies and Model United Nations at the Secondary level; in Mexico, Guatemala and locally. More recently, I taught English in Mexico and Vietnam.
It is my mission in the classroom, to make classes both engaging and rigorous. I’m driven to aid students as they develop academic skills and work toward their goals. Personally, I love hiking, road biking, reading, writing, speaking Spanish, playing video games and learning. Summertime is my favorite season and I love documentary movies.
I am originally from Hopewell Junction, NY, which is 1.5 hours north of NYC. I have also lived in Arizona, California, Minnesota and South Korea. Currently, I hold a BA in English Literature from Northern Arizona University and I am conducting compositional research to complete my MA in TESL from St. Cloud State University. I love working with students from other cultures and believe education is a means to personal empowerment - no matter the subject. I love seeing my students gain confidence in using English, as well as learning about their cultures, personal stories and experiences. I have been married since 2005 to my wife Sarah and we have one daughter Nadia and are expecting another daughter this November.
I grew up here in the metro-Denver area, before attending a small liberal arts college in Iowa. Since then, I’ve spent a decade traveling and teaching primarily in Asia. I’ve taught kindergarteners in Busan, South Korea; worked with high school students in Queretaro, Mexico while obtaining my TEFL certificate; and in Hong Kong, China I spent five years working with adult students: first at a private language school, next at a major university, and then at a vocational college.
My specialties include academic writing, social English, and test preparation. I particularly enjoy making challenging topics as fun as possible J. I have a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies & Philosophy, while my Master’s degree is in Education.
I was born here in Denver, but I grew up on the north side of Atlanta, Georgia with my family. While living in Georgia, I attended Georgia State University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics and a TEFL Certificate to teach English. I worked abroad in Panama in various teaching positions, and while I was abroad, I found my passion for teaching. I enjoy working at CSE because I have met so many wonderful people from all over the world, and I enjoy learning about different cultures. In my free time I love to hike, snowboard, paddleboard, and explore new places. Living in Colorado is great because I love the outdoors, and I live an active lifestyle.