I am originally from Stephens City but began my career in Okayama, Japan as an English teacher. Upon returning to the states, I first taught 8th grade language arts and then spent several years in Philadelphia, PA teaching academic English to international students from Asia, South America, and the Middle East. After five years as the director of an Intensive English Program in Philadelphia, I returned home and began teaching English as a Second Language at John Kerr Elementary School. I was overwhelmed and honored to be named John Kerr's "Teacher of the Year" in 2017. I am passionate about working with young language learners, including my own sons, who teach me new ways to communicate every day.