• my motto

    Nothing is impossible, but everything takes time, determination and patience.

  • Education and Work Experience

    University of British Columbia

    Student January 2020 - Current

    Master of Educational Technology

    • ETEC 500 Research Methodology in Education (current)

      ETEC 512 Applications of Learning Theories to the Analysis of Instructional Settings (current)

      ETEC 522 Ventures in Learning Technology (complete)

      ETEC 523 Mobile and Open Education (current)

      ETEC 524 Learning Technologies: Selection, Design and Application (complete)

      ETEC 565D Digital Games & Learning (complete)

    Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

    Faculty September 2019 - June 2020

    Courses taught:

    • COMM1020 - College Communications - Unraveled; General Studies and Pre-Technology program
    • COMM1120 - Introduction to Writing and Communicating in the Workplace; Electrical Engineering Technology program
    • COMM1160 - Communication in Healthcare I; Dental Assisting, Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician programs and Dual-Credit for secondary students

    Student January 2018 - April 2019

    • Major GPA of 96, Greenhouse Technician Diploma Program
    • Peer Tutor, August 2018 - April 2019
    • Student Representative, School of Horticulture Curriculum Committee

    Canadian Centre for Language and Cultural Studies, Toronto, Canada

    Student February 2017 - June 2017

    Completed a TESL Ontario Diploma program and taught LINC level 4-5 and 6-7 students at CCLCS in Scarborough, ON as part of my practicum.

    George Brown College, Toronto, Canada

    Student October 2016 - May 2017

    Completed a continuing education Student Advising and Support Certificate.

    Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, México

    Student August 2015 – December 2015

    Took a professional leave of absence from Austin ISD to experience cultural and language immersion in Guanajuato, México through the Spanish for Foreigners program at the University of Guanajuato. My goals were to improve my Spanish from an intermediate to advanced level and to develop an understanding of the experience of learning a second language in a new country and culture.

    Austin ISD, International High School, Austin, Texas, USA

    Teacher, Campus Leader and Coach August 2007 - June 2015

    While working at the International High School, my primary responsibility was to teach and mentor English literature through speaking, listening, reading and writing to newcomer immigrants and refugees, 100% of which were English Language Learners and 99% percent socio-economically disadvantaged, through a sheltered instruction model. A crucial part of my job was also to acculturate students to the American school system by providing a nurturing classroom environment where students felt safe, comfortable and respected.


    During my time at IHS I was honoured to be a campus leader as part of the West Ed Quality Teaching for English Learner's leadership team for 2 years, serving as co-chair of an Advisory committee in collaboration with Educators with Social Responsibility (now Engaging Schools) leading the effort to become the first school in the district designated as a No Place for Hate campus by the Anti-Defamation League and as Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator for 2 years. I mentored new teachers for three years, directed our campus talent show to highlight students' and teachers' interests and cultures and played the role of campus's unofficial photographer and documentarian and coached basketball, soccer and track in various years.

    University of Texas - Austin, Texas, USA

    Student June 2005 - December 2006

    • Cumulative GPA of 3.8

    Certified as a teacher through studies in the UTeach Liberal Arts Post-Baccalaureate program where I completed internships and student teaching in the following Austin ISD classrooms and schools: Pre-Kindergarten, Linder Elementary School, Reading 6-8, Bedicheck Middle School, English IV at Akins High School and Pre-AP English II and English III at Crockett High School.

    Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

    Student January 2000 - August 2004

    Received Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Writing

    • Major GPA of 3.4
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.1
  • Recognitions and Accomplishments


    • Recognized as an American Graduate Champion by Austin's PBS affiliate KLRU for working to improve high school success for students in Central Texas, spring 2015
    • Partnered with the Austin Film Festival to create the first semester-long class on campus focused on writer's workshop, scriptwriting and film production in which we produced short films.


    • Niagara College President's Honour Roll
    • Three-time nominee for the International High School Teacher of the Year award, years 2012-2015.
    • Recipient of the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award given annually to select faculty or staff members on the International High School campus, 2013-2014 school year.


    • The Austin ISD Office of Academics website features photos I took of my students engaged in learning on campus and these photos and along with more decorate the walls of the Office of Academics physical space at the Central Office, Summer 2013.
    • Co-presented a district-level training for English Language Arts with Brenda Townsend on the importance of phonics instruction for teenagers, Spring 2013.
    • Co-lead a handful of 3-day long training programs for teachers on technology hardware and web-based software as part of the iInnovate district initiative to bring content area teachers up to speed on integrating 21st Century Skills in their curriculum to facilitate student engagement, creation and a deepening of content knowledge, Summer 2009.




      • Chautaqua Oaks Restoration Propagation Project, Niagara College, Fall 2018



      • Presented spring gardening workshop to Niagara Community Gardening Network coordinators, The Hope Centre, Welland, Spring 2019.
      • Assisted with salad making workshop at John Marshall Public School, Niagara Falls, Spring 2019.
      • Assisted with pizza making workshop at Pathways, Niagara Falls, Spring 2019.
      • Planted trees for Chautauqua Oaks Restoration Project, Niagara on the Lake, Summer 2018


    • Work samples

      As a newcomer to Canada, I am fascinated with the country's culture and language and had a lot of fun creating this ESL unit overview for Living in Toronto.

      This is an example of an ESL receptive lesson I wrote on etiquette in Toronto's public spaces: a hot topic applicable to anyone and everyone.

    • Videos

      “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” - Socrates

      A Day in the Life at the International High School

      Produced a video highlighting a day in the life at the International High School that was presented at "AISD: The Pride and Promise of Austin" event, Spring 2015.

      Student Film: Coffee and a Broken Nose

      In partnership with the Austin Film Festival, my students wrote a script, filmed, acted and produced a short film, Spring 2015.

      One Brave Thing

      Produced and facilitated student participation in a competition: Stand Tall "One Brave Thing" Pinterest Contest to win an educational field trip to Washington, D.C. We did not win, but we had fun working together and learning from each other. The Pinterest board has since been removed to protect the privacy of my students, but there’s a short video below that we submitted as part of our project.

      Phonics Fuels Comprehension

      Produced for use in a district-level professional development through English Language Arts with Brenda Townsend on the importance of phonics instruction for teenagers.

      Lens on Literacy

      My students and I participated in the making of this video produced by Austin ISD's own Austin High School Media Arts department Summer 2013.


      As a stakeholder in the project to jumpstart literacy and free voluntary reading in AISD championed by Chief Academic Officer Pauline Dow, I helped plan and organize reading curriculum and field trips to the Austin Public Library and the locally-owned bookstore BookPeople, where my students were able to receive library cards and buy books with grant funds graciously awarded by the Office of Academics.

    • LET'S CHAT!


      Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada