|Believe it or not, I wasn't born a
teacher. I began studying German at Center Grove High School in
1991. After graduating in 1995, I attended the University of
Indianapolis where I studied German and English. Currently, I am working on my masters in German at the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik organized by Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
I have been blessed to be able to visit Germany often. I lived in
Heidelberg, Germany for two months during the summer of 1998.
In addition, I was a Fulbright exchange teacher at E.T.A.
Hoffmann Gymnasium in Bamberg, Germany during the 2006-07 school year.
As part of the exchange, I traded homes and jobs with my German
counterpart. I have now traveled to Germany eight times
(Austria and Switzerland along the way, too), visiting my favorite
places and adding more favorites to my list. Based on my trips,
I would name the following German-speaking towns as my "must-sees":
(of course), Berlin, Leipzig, and Bamberg.
I also have a life outside of my teaching. I am very close to my
family. My younger sister teaches second grade (and looks like my twin,
some say), my mom teaches second grade, and my dad was a high school
math teacher and school board member. Teaching is something I
have in common with most of my family members. We also share a
love of U of I. In addition to myself, my grandpa K, grandma K,
mom, dad, sister, uncle Dave, uncle John, aunt Kathy, uncle Lorin, and
cousin Kurt attended U of I.
Okay, there's even more to me than my teaching, family, and love of U
of I. I enjoy spending time with my friends, listening to music
(country, pop, etc.), traveling, and singing in my church praise band.