M.A., Claremont Graduate School; TESOL, UCSB Extension; TEFL, SBCC; B.A. (psychology), CA State University, Northridge; B.A., (history and philosophy), University of the Pacific
I’m a Los Angeles native who is happy to be in Santa Barbara. My route to teaching was more a maze than a straight line. I tried law school very briefly, spent eight years in the Air Force, got an M.A. in social/organizational psychology, and worked in Human Resources at a large utility, (developing and revising assessments for hiring and promotion).
Two factors finally brought me to teaching: a love of English (bookworm since age eight), and a passion for TUTORING. I’d been a volunteer tutor with the public library’s adult literacy program in Pomona. After moving to Santa Barbara, I tutored a Spanish speaker who wanted to learn English and was enrolled in an ESL class at Wake Center. I took note! A short time later, I completed the TEFL summer course at SBCC and got a job as an instructional aide in an evening ESL class at Santa Barbara High School, fortunate to be in a classroom with excellent teachers.
I consider this the start of my informal “apprenticeship.” Liking what I saw, I continued as an instructional aide, working with various teachers at different ESL levels, earning my TESOL certificate from UCSB extension, and taking some Spanish and professional development courses. I also worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer for a year, tutoring in the public library’s adult literacy program. I started teaching last year, still tutor and, for a change of pace, volunteer at the animal shelter, where I try to teach/tutor English in the form of sit, stay, come, down…