A little bit about me...
Literature and the written word has always been a passion of mine. However, the interest to educate and the excitement of students learning came during one of my undergraduate internships. I accepted a creative writing intern position through Common Ground and Common Ground Sanctuary. My role was to create and develop writing prompts and lessons that spoke to the individual, while facilitating a small group. The groups consisted of children ages eight through eighteen, and adults eighteen and over. These members all battled, or came from a household with, addiction, depression, were victims of abuse, or emotional impairment. The writing we did inspired conversations, understanding, and meaning to his/her situation. It was amazing to see what poured out of them and how they generated an interest in reading and writing in the individual.
An excitement for working with children young adults also deserves from my love of travel and new cultures. In 2012, I lived in China for three weeks and worked with a Medical Care Center for Orphans. While staying in Luoyang, we had a school of students visit the center. It was incredible to interact with them, learn Chinese vocabulary, while sharing English words, and share culture ideas. In 2010 I went on a missions trip to the Dominican republic where we taught Drama and Skits to students. Seeing how communication can extend through action when there is a verbal barrier was eye-opening, and impactful.
Outside of working with youth, I enjoy traveling and experiencing new places in my free time. In 2012 during my undergrad, I studied abroad at the magnificent Oxford University Brasenose College in England. Surrounded by the birthplace of so many fascinating literature that have shaped what we study today was unlike anything I have ever experienced. This remains my favorite memory of college. After graduating undergrad in 2012, I backpacked through Europe with a friend of mine. We spent 6 weeks staying in hostiles, taking trains to new cities, attempting new languages, and building relationships with new friends met along the way. Some of the cities we visited were Frankfurt, Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Prague, La Spezia, Interlochen, Florence, Rome, and many more.
When I am not traveling, I spend most of my time at home with my husband, Anthony. We just got married in Summer of 2015, and have been enjoying the new normal of marriage. We currently live in Rochester, Michigan and enjoy the small town aspect. Films, Theatre, Graphic Novels, and any sort of reading is the best way to spend a casual afternoon at home! If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me.