I'm the leader of a language development program based on the support of multilingual learners through practices which ensure culturally responsive teaching and equitable access.
I’m a collaborator, co-teacher and coach who empowers educators to create learning opportunities to suit all language learners' needs.
I’m an innovator who effectively integrates eLearning tools and contemporary practice of 21st century skills that enhance learning across all divisions for all multilinguals.
ES EAL Coordinator
Saigon South International School, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam | 2019-Present
I continue the work I started as team leader in terms of embedding WIDA standards into our curriculum, as well as continuing to build a culture where collaborative and culturally responsive practices are at the center of teaching and learning.
I worked with the grade 1 team supporting the language development of young multilingual learners as well as collaborating and co-teaching with classroom teachers. In 2020 I was selected as ES EAL Team Leader and currently within this role I focus on the alignment of our divisions’ practices as well as embedding WIDA language development standards into our school’s curriculum.
EAL Teacher | EAL Coordinator | Team Leader
Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China | 2010-2019
I worked with teachers as a collaborator, co-teacher and coach to support ELLs grades 6-10 and IB; work one-on-one with ELLs of high, medium and low support needs; and teach a grade 9 EAP (English for Academic Purposes) class. In the the past eight years, I’ve supported teachers and learners in both lower (KG-G1) and upper (G4-5) primary as well.
My responsibilities as coordinator and team leader included:
-scheduling and coordinating regular team meetings to discuss student progress, teacher schedules, reporting and admissions matters across divisions
-keeping abreast of current trends and practices in second language learning; facilitating implementation of changes as needed to strengthen and balance the school’s ELL support model
-updating and informing parents on aspects of the EAL program by maintaining transparency about the support given to ELLs at the different divisions
I also led our team into integrating innovative contemporary tools to support ELL development as well as embed the WIDA can-do framework to both assess and report on our ELL population.
In addition to my duties as team leader, as coordinator of the program I organized two highly successful EAL conferences for the region. Each conference hosted 150 participants on average. For more information on the events, see the 'Conferences' section below.
MS/HS EAL Support Teacher
The American School of Milan, Milan, Italy | 2006-2010
I supported MYP Years 1-5 students within a blended EAL program (in class support as well as a pull-out support class). I was advisor to both MYP Personal Projects and IB Extended Essays.
MYP Language B Spanish Teacher
The American School of Milan, Milan, Italy | 2007-2010
I taught Spanish Language B to MYP year 2 students (G7).
TOEFL Preparation Teacher
Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan), Milan, Italy | 2005-2007
I taught preparation courses to Italian nationals looking to apply to universities overseas.
ESL Coordinator & Support Teacher
Equity American School, Guatemala City, Guatemala | 2001-2005
Led the ESL program and supported students and teachers across all divisions. I also taught an ACT prep course which allowed for many of our students to apply and attend colleges in the United States.
Language Equity: Redefining our Language Learning Practices to Empower MLS
Singapore American School | Online | November 2020 & February 2021
21st Century Learning Online Conference
Online | January 2021
21st Century Learning Conference | March 2019
Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
CISGZ Educator's Conference
Canadian International School of Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China | November 2018
reThinking Learning Conference
United World College, Dover Campus, Singapore | May 2018
21st Century Learning Conference
Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong | January 2018
EdTech Team Shekou Summit
Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China | September 2017
SIS EAL Conference
Lead Event Coordinator & Organiser
Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China | November 2014
A close look into my content creation, reflective practices and professional collaborations
ADE Reflection Video
A reflection of the first six months of being selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator | Saigon South International School | December 2019
Learning2 Talk; Language Equity
A personal story behind my advocacy for language equity practices | International School of Nanjing | October 2019
ADE Application Video 2019
Application Video for the Apple Distinguished Educator Program | February 2019
COETAIL Alumni Webinar
A reflection on my COETAIL journey shared with other alumni | November 2018
ADE Application Video 2017
Application video for the Apple Distinguished Educator program | March 2017
ADE Application Video 2105
Application video for the Apple Distinguished Educator program | January 2015
EAL Conference Summary Video
Video summary of the SIS EAL Conference | November 2014
COETAIL Course 5 Project
Final project for my COETAIL course | 2013-2014
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