St. Mary's School Wuhan
I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in History-Social Sciences Education and a Minor in English. Upon graduating, I was a paraeducator in the Special Education Department of one of the top High Schools in our state. There I learned from my colleagues and developed my philosophy regarding education; Every child has the ability and capacity to learn, but some students might need a little help. I eventually found my way to KL and was allowed to have my classroom thousands of miles from where I earned my degree. I worked in Zhengzhou’s No. 11 High School for the Saint Mary’s Program and helped get the program started. I taught their first group of sophomores. I learned so much from my students and colleagues that the first year. From Zhengzhou, I moved to our Saint Mary’s Program in Guiyang, where I taught Social Studies, English, and ESL/Speech for two years and then took on the role of Vice Dean, a position I have held for the last two years. I intend to be the new Senior Vice Dean of our Saint Mary’s program in Wuhan. In total, I will have worked with KL and specifically the Saint Mary’s Program for five years. In that time, I have watched our company grow and have gotten to know Frank Phillips and even Shane Foster fairly well and believe their passion for education is inspiring.
I have continued to grow as an educator, but also a person living in this beautiful country with amazing students and kind people. At the end of every year, I tend to look back and reflect on how it went. I always cry a little because I have to say farewell to a group of seniors who take a small piece of my heart each time, but overall I learn something new every year about myself and my profession, and I would not change it for anything.