B.A., Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN, JD., Santa Barbara College of Law, TESOL Certificate, UCSB.
The pursuit of teaching has always been a lifelong passion and I am so grateful for the opportunity to put this passion into reality. Some will say that teaching is my ‘hobby’ as my primary career for over 30 years has been in the area of finance and wealth management. I currently work for Montecito Bank & Trust as a Senior Trust Officer where I manage and oversee all of the financial assets of high net worth clients where the Bank is named as the trustee of their trust. My days are sometimes stressful and demanding, yet, when I step into the classroom, I am energized by their enthusiasm and dedication to coming to class to learn English. I define by dual career as a center of life/work balance: the classroom encourages my creative side while my banking job challenges my analytical skill sets.
My inspiration to become a teacher stems from my personal experience as a child of immigrant parents from China. Although I was born and raised in Ft. Wayne, IN, I did not speak English when I started Kindergarten and consequently took speech therapy classes (aka ESL classes) for many years. I was also inspired by my mother who enrolled in a local ESL Adult Ed class when she was in her late 60’s. I witnessed the joy she felt when she went to school. She was a dedicated and eager student who went all way to level 3. These personal experiences have allowed me to identify and understand what it’s like to be a secondary language learner; it’s a personal connection that my students enjoy hearing about.
I have been teaching for the past 8 years at Santa Barbara High School, level 2, with my pair teacher, Cathy Rempe. We are a great team and the students benefit from the strength and experience of our years.