Education: University of Texas
Major: English Literature
Graduation: May 2016
Hometown: Austin, Texas, USA
Current city: Taipei, Taiwan
- My fluffy cat, Walter
- Planning trips and events
- Coffee shop enthusiast
- Getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night
- Jogging and swimming
- Visual media
- Teaching Kindergarten in Taiwan
- Attending a book club with coworkers
- Attained certification for Core Subjects (ES) and ESL
- Lead aerobic dances at school-wide Sports Day
- Spend a week in Japan
- Collaborate with coworkers to produce a school-wide performance
I knew I wanted to work in an area related to English literature during high school, but it was a statistic that made me decide what I wanted to do with my life: I learned that South Korea has the highest suicide rate amongst developing countries in the world (OECD). While studying more about South Korea and other Southeast Asian countries, I learned that South Korea was not the only country with overly stressed youth.
OECD. (2012). Health Data: Health status: Suicide rates. Retrieved from (link)
From my third year in high school forward (2010), I knew I wanted to teach English in Asia. All my major life choices have been shaped by that decision. My goal is to be the kind of teacher students feel that they can turn to for help instead of taking their lives.
I don't want English to be a source of anxiety for my students. English can be learned in a fun and natural way. Students need to feel comfortable and safe in their learning environment in order to try learning new things, such as English.