Posted on December 7, 2011
The two greatest things I have done in my life are travel and learn a second language. Both were made possible in great measure by my Hispanic Studies major at Wheaton. Since studying abroad in Mexico and Argentina, I have had a number of positions, all of which benefited from my knowledge of Spanish. I have been teaching for a number of years now and have greatly enjoyed the work. The decision to become an ESL teacher was motivated by the understanding and affinity I began to develop toward immigrant communities during my time at Wheaton. Studying abroad (being a "temporary immigrant") provided insight into the challenges faced by those who are forced to migrate. The understanding I gained as well as the language skills has helped me to better communicate with the parents of my students as well as better support my students by connecting in some degree to their experience.