“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
~ Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
*Humanitarian, author, and my 8th great-grandfather
From 2013 to 2018, I was an international educator living and working in Mexico and Colombia. My experience includes all levels – primary, secondary, and adult. I’ve instructed in many different environments, from teaching fourth and fifth grade English in a public school to delivering Business English skills in a multinational, corporate setting.
Read my interview on TeachingTraveling.com
I received my certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from the International Teacher Training Organization in Guadalajara, México in 2012. A four-week intensive program with an emphasis is on continual assessment and feedback, the ITTO TEFL included live learning observations, techniques in classroom management, and lesson plan development.
In 2013, I taught English with ages 10 to adult at a language center in Tlaquepaque, México before relocating to Puerto Vallarta, where I taught secondary-level Informática at the British American School. As an instructor in the study of computer sciences, I developed lessons based on a curriculum that included graphic design, coding, word processing, and web development.
I moved to Barranquilla, Colombia in 2014 as a year-long volunteer with a U.S.-based, global program designed to meet the needs of world learners. As a volunteer, I taught 4th and 5th-grade English at Colegio Distrital Hogar Mariano, a faith-based school in the diverse community of Barrio Ceiba. Just prior to completing my year-long commitment, I searched for work along the coast and landed an excellent opportunity in Cartagena de Indias.
Read my feature in Secondary Accents, the newsletter of the Secondary Schools Interest Section for TESOL International Association.
In 2015 , I relocated to Cartagena to work with Aspaen Gimnasio Cartagena de Indias. During my time at GCI, I taught English literature and creative writing at the secondary-level with grades 9 to 11. In my second year, I was appointed Area Director of Information Communications and Technology (ICT), leading grades 7 to 11 in academic studies for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations from the University of Cambridge.
Following a short break to the United States, I returned to Colombia and worked until December 2018 with BBE Languages (formerly Bogotá Business English) as a Communication Strategist and Teacher in Barranquilla. In this role, I helped business professionals within multinational corporations learn valuable skills to communicate more effectively with their clients.