My focus on International Education all started when I studied my first foreign language in middle school. When I started learning Spanish I felt like I knew this secret language that not everyone could speak but that opened my world up to a whole new group of people. I quickly became addicted and soon started learning French which I also loved.


During my undergraduate study I majored in Spanish and French and spent a semester in Rennes, France and another in Santiago, Chile. These two amazing experiences and my desire to work in the field of education, led me to consider joining the Peace Corps. It was a chance for a new adventure, travel to a new part of the world, the learning of a new language and meaningful work promoting education. Soon after graduation I left for Niger, Africa where I spent the next 2 ½ years as a Community and Youth Education volunteer. After intense language and culture training in the capital city of Niamey I was posted to Dakoro, a remote village on the edge of the Sahara. During my time in Niger I led educational campaigns to promote girls’ education, developed educational materials and taught computer literacy. This was one of the most enriching experiences of my life and what ultimately led me to decide to continue my studies in International Education at CIE.


One of the issues I would like to focus on is improving girls’ access to education in the developing world. As a means to accomplish this during my Master's program, I am very interested in non-formal education, teacher training and curriculum development. There is such a wealth of experience at the Center between the students and the faculty and I am truly excited to soak it all up.


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