I grew up in Dallas and studied German language and literature at Boston University. After graduation, I supported U.S. study abroad participants and completed an M.A. at the Technische Universität Dresden in German Studies, Culture and Communication with a focus on teaching German as a foreign language. After a traineeship at the European Parliament in Luxembourg and an administrative job at the Universität Hamburg, I returned to my native Texas to complete a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas in Austin.
My work teaching in the Department of Germanic Studies and with the Center for Teaching and Learning inspired my dissertation work, for which I developed and implemented a semester-long professional development opportunity in drama-based pedagogy aimed towards graduate student instructors teaching German in the collegiate lower-division curriculum. The dissertation explored graduate student instructors’ uptake of innovative pedagogy and the factors that help or hinder their engagement. My additional research interests include teacher development, experiential learning, and study abroad outcomes. Starting in Fall 2018, I am a Senior Lecturer of German at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
It is important to be a coach with the Goethe-Institut because I would like to help early career German teachers and college instructors to build bridges between theory and practice. I combine a unique perspective as a proficient non-native German speaker with classroom experience as both an instructor and as an educational developer. This allows me to help identify areas for improvement, empathize with instructors about classroom realities, and co-create targeted and scaffolded steps to make realistic progress towards a specific goal that improves teaching and learning.