This is my fourth year teaching at The Dalles High School- I am now the most senior of super seniors.
I was once a student here, graduating from TDWHS in 2009. After high school I attended Lee University in Tennessee on an academic scholarship, where I graduated summa cum laude in Spanish Education (BAT) with minors in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), Linguistics, Humanities, and Religion. I taught Spanish conversation courses at the university level for a few years, and just when my family thought I couldn't move farther south, I accepted a position teaching English at a small institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 2014 school year. While I have thoroughly enjoyed each of my teaching experiences, I am excited to be back in my hometown.
After completing my Master in Education, I have branched out to teach US History, AP US History, and now AP World History. I believe it is critical for every US citizen and resident to have a strong understanding of this nation's past, present, and future. My classes focus on developing critical thinking through primary sources, written analysis and research, debate, and interdisciplinary studies (music, culinary, etc).
When I'm not teaching, I coach middle school cross country, volunteer with YoungLife, work cherry harvest, and lead music at church. I enjoy reading, running, hiking, and playing music.
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine