M.Ed., University of Florida; B.A., St. Olaf College
Growing up in the Upper Midwest, I was always in favor of getting in the car and going someplace new. Still, I was keenly aware that exploration begins right beyond the doorstep. I was an observer of animals, plants and insects and concentrated my best efforts as a child drawing these things.
While attending college I was able to spend a semester in Avignon, France at l’Université d’Avignon; a perfect place to study language, art and architecture. I received an M.Ed. at the University of Florida. In Gainesville, FL, I understood again that exploration of diversity of people and place begins right in our own neighborhoods. The school classroom emerged as the perfect place for staying connected to the energy of individuals in community.
I am married and have raised three sons. While we did not move to Santa Barbara until our sons were out of elementary school, junior high and high school, respectively, two of our sons were privileged to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program at SBCC. I felt City College was the best experience Santa Barbara had to offer, and was told as much by many lifelong residents. Teaching for SBCC became my goal, and I enrolled in the TESL Certificate Program at UCSB.
For the last nine years I have taught CE ESL at various locations including SB County Jail. I have also taught Individualized Learning/GED. I am extremely proud to be a member of the adjunct faculty of SBCC Continuing Education where I know I can help individuals, no matter what their stage of life or present circumstances, experience success in achieving their goals.