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With a Swiss mother and a German-American father, I didn’t have much choice about living between three cultures. Summers spent visiting my grandparents, uncle, and extended family in the Swiss Alps and German countryside sparked my interest in German literature, hiking, and chocolate.
I graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where I majored in English and German. A junior year abroad in Germany at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster sparked my interest in Comparative Literature, where I participated in seminars on German translations of Shakespeare’s sonnets, literature and painting, and early American writing. The unique perspective available to me as the only native English speaker in the German college classroom, where I got to share with and learn from my colleagues, got me excited about cultural and literary exchange. While pursuing my doctorate at Vanderbilt University (2012), I had the opportunity to study literature, translation, and theology at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.
Most recently, I’ve worked as the Associate Director for Graduate Student Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There, I helped graduate students to improve their teaching in the classroom, consulted on grant and fellowship applications, wrote a blog on career and professional development, and had the privilege of working with the McNair Scholars as an academic support specialist. In this capacity, I helped Scholars with planning and writing research papers. I also worked with exceptional graduate students who were applying for fellowships and grant funding, helping them refine personal statements and hone their messages.
I am soon to return to Virginia with my husband and son (my very favorite Nebraskan), where we plan to enjoy the beautiful countryside, good food, great art, and wonderful friends.
On teaching: In my foreign language classroom, language is a tool students use to navigate meaning and encounter new ideas. I provide an input-rich environment, where students are immersed in the language through videos, song, text, and stories. Through these different sources, students see language as it’s used in daily context. From there, they grow their vocabulary and grammatical abilities, and gain confidence communicating about an ever-growing range of topics and ideas.
In my writing courses, short lectures introduce themes, vocabulary, and grammar. Students then gain confidence constructing their own sentences sharing them with the class, building the skills they need to talk about their world and encounter new ones. All students must be active participants–there’s no other way to learn language than to make it your own!