Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! ¡Bienvenidos al año académico de 2019-20!
About the TeacherI was born in Jackson, MS and graduated from Madison-Ridgeland High School, the public school that served both Madison and Ridgeland before Madison Central opened. Immediately after high school, I attended the University of Southern MS for two years then graduated from Belhaven College. After spending many years on the West Coast, I returned to the Jackson area and began teaching at Madison Central 2015-16. I now live in Ridgeland with my wonderful wife Laurel, my stepson, and our five cats.I am passionate about languages and cultures, particularly the Spanish language and Latin American cultures. My academic background reflects this passion and includes a variety of humanities disciplines as well as the social science of applied linguistics. I have earned BA's in Humanities and Spanish. I also have an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
In addition to my academic experience, I have personal and professional experience with Spanish speakers and communities. While working on my Spanish degree, I spent three months living and studying Spanish in Madrid, Spain. I spent six months in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I drew on my knowledge of Spanish while teaching English for a private language institute. After leaving Argentina, I spent one month in Valparaíso, Chile. Finally, I have worked with Latinos in the U.S., serving them as a GED and ESL teacher.In my free time, I enjoy cycling, capoeira (a Brazilian martial art), and gardening.Coming home has been an amazing experience, and I am excited about giving back to our community through foreign language education.