Welcome. The creation of the following website began as Part II of the Capstone Project for my undergraduate “special” major in Linguistics & Rhetoric with an emphasis on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. As a graduate student in the M.A. TESOL program at Teachers College, Columbia University, this electronic portfolio showcased the work that I completed in the teaching practicums and the Community English Program (CEP). What began as a site to share my understanding(s) of how language works and how to deliver that knowledge effectively in the classroom has evolved into a display of my current work in progress as an educational linguist, Ph.D. candidate, and mixed methods researcher. Check it out!

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The 50 States Mission


  ​I went ahead and added Hawaii to create this map, even though I don’t get there until Saturday, November 23, 2013. That leaves 14 states to conquer. I haven’t planned which one will be next. Maybe my family home state Oklahoma? When I count states, I do not include … Continue reading

A Review of 4 Different Transcription Companies

Transcription Company

I am now finishing up the qualitative data collection phase of my dissertation. In order to analyze these data, I need to turn the interviews into transcripts, a painful process many of us know as transcribing. It’s the most mundane task that can, sometimes, be enjoyable. But listening to an … Continue reading

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Back-to-School as ABD


Now that I am getting close to the end of data collection, I keep looking ahead with a more positive attitude. One of the most helpful parts of my process was presenting at the Study for the Society of Social Problems annual conference in New York City on some preliminary analysis. … Continue reading

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Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy

My academic training, teaching and curriculum development experiences as both a language instructor and researcher at the California State University San Marcos, Teachers College, Columbia University and the COLORS Hospitality Opportunity for Workers (CHOW) Institute, have provided me with the theoretical base and practical knowledge in the field of applied linguistics and language teaching. Continue reading