Teaching Experience

Secondary education

North Country School (2012-present)

  • International Student Program Coordinator (parent communication, admissions and faculty support, TOEFL Junior administration and TOEFL iBT coordination, events planning)
  • 4th-9th grade ESL language arts teacher
  • ESL Support teacher (courses to develop interpretive skills and support content learning in science and history)
  • 7th grade ESL American Studies teacher and course developer
  • 7th grade Japanese teacher and course developer
  • Houseparent (grades 4-9, girls and boys)
  • Leader of outdoor, farm and garden, artistic and recreational, and cultural activities

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (2012)

  • Guest teacher in neighborhood public schools (various subjects and grade levels)

Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan (2012)

  • Guest teacher for ESL I (basic) and ESL III (pre-mainstream) integrated-skills high school courses, as well as mainstream 9th grade English, upper-level English literature, and French language

Mori no Ike Japanese Language Village, Concordia Language Villages (2006-present in various roles)

  • Credit curriculum facilitator: orienting and supporting teachers and providing ongoing support and lesson planning help, including team-teaching, substitute teaching, and demonstrations of teaching; program logistics; leadership responsibility for all student issues in the accredited high school program
  • Credit program teacher: taught intensive high-school-level introductory level Japanese (180 hours in 4 weeks), implementing project-based & task-based curricula
  • Teaching Japanese language through activities (art, dance, music, stunts) to ages 7-18
  • Developing and leading historical and intercultural simulations in Japanese for ages 7-18
  • Leadership and curriculum development

Lac du Bois French Language Village, Concordia Language Villages (2003-06, 2011)

  • Teaching French language through activities (art, dance, music, New Games, stunts) to ages 7-18
  • Developing and leading historical and intercultural simulations in French for ages 7-18
  • Mentoring and team-teaching with newer counselors
  • Art curriculum development

Residence Hall Counselor, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan (2008-09)

  • Created and led activities to promote intercultural understanding and social interaction in the residence halls (grades 9-12)
  • Coordinated evening study hall for struggling students
  • Substitute-taught French and ESL classes (grades 9-12)
  • Wrote quarterly progress reports for ~20 students

Lycée Edmond Rostand (high school), Saint-Ouen l’Aumône, France (2007-08)

  • Planned and led content-based English conversation activities and American culture lessons for general and vocational high school students and post-high-school career training students
  • Assisted content-area teachers in the European Section (partial immersion): gave mini-lectures, reviewed student work, conducted mock job interviews, answered student questions

Earlham College Wilderness Programs, Richmond, Indiana (2006-07)

  •  Team-building, initiative games, and low and high ropes course activities for middle school, college, and adult groups

Richmond High School, Richmond, Indiana (2005)

  • One-on-one pre-algebra and algebra tutoring with a struggling student

Centerville Junior High School, Centerville, Indiana (2005)

  • Assisting the 7th grade FLEX French teacher, leading some activities
  • Volunteering in the Learning Lab and study hall

College and adult

Hawaiʻi English Language Program (HELP), UH-Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii (2010-2011)

  • Content-based reading, culture, and discussion courses: Cultural Issues, American Studies, News & Current Events, Second Language Learning, Learning about Hawaiʻi
  • Academic writing courses: Academic Essay Writing, Editing Your Writing
  • Conversation courses: Living in the USA
  • Materials development for each of the courses listed above
  • Extracurricular activities

Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana (2004-07)

  • Sociolinguistics teaching assistant: Maintained course Moodle site, graded student quizzes on Moodle, led review sessions
  • Seminar on Social Trends / Language & Culture of the US teaching assistant: participated in discussions and conversation practice with students in ESL courses, assisted with paper-writing
  • Wilderness Programs: Team-building, initiative games, and low and high ropes course activities for middle school, college, and adult groups
  • French tutor: worked one-on-one with a struggling student to review 100-level grammar

Amigos ESL Classes, Amigos Richmond Latino Center, Richmond, Indiana (2004)

  • One-on-one ESL tutoring for adults in the Richmond community

Elementary and early childhood education

North Country School (2012-present)

  • International Student Program Coordinator and ESL teacher (grades 4-9)
  • Houseparent (grades 4-9, boys and girls)
  • Also teaching crafts, outdoor, farm and garden, recreational, and cultural activities

The Pathfinder School (independent) and Long Lake Elementary School (Traverse City Area Public Schools) (2012)

  • Guest teacher, 3rd and 5th grade respectively

Mori no Ike Japanese Language Village, Concordia Language Villages (2006-present)

  • Teaching Japanese language through activities (art, dance, music, stunts) to ages 7-18
  • Developing and leading historical and intercultural simulations in Japanese for ages 7-18
  • Leadership and curriculum development

Lac du Bois French Language Village, Concordia Language Villages (2003-06, 2011)

  • Teaching French language through activities (art, dance, music, New Games, stunts) to ages 7-18
  • Developing and leading historical and intercultural simulations in French for ages 7-18
  • Art curriculum development

Teddy Bear Day Care and Preschool, Traverse City, Michigan (2008)
The Pathfinder School, Traverse City, Michigan (2007 and 2008)

  • Guest speaker and activity leader for presentations about Japan to preschool, 2nd, and 4th grade student groups
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