I am SO excited to be joining the FSI community. I have worked as both a counselor to at-risk youth, and as a case manager for child protection services. Both of these experiences have made me extremely aware of how important it is for kids to have a sense of belonging at their school; so EL education has always really resonated with me. I graduated from Appalachian State with my undergrad in Sociology, and with a minor in Social Work. I became a certified paralegal through UNC Chapel Hill, and worked for a bankruptcy law firm. As time went on, I realized my true calling was to become a teacher. I just finished my certification program through UNC Charlotte, and will be receiving my Masters of Teaching in May of 2022. I have had a passion for history, global studies, and the impact of economics and government on our daily lives and futures since I was very young. In 2015, I worked at an asylum seeker’s shelter in Trier, Germany during the height of the Syrian conflict. This experience really made me understand the importance of cultural compassion and understanding, which I hope to foster in my classroom. I believe that by helping young people to form a genuine interest in these subjects, we can create a better world for tomorrow. I am a runner, and look forward to coaching cross country at FSI! In my free time, my husband and I try to hike and camp as much as possible with our four dogs. We also have a cat who is definitely the leader of the dog pack!