In 2001 I moved to Thailand to earn a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate, acquired a job at a private school for Thai children, and fell in love with teaching. In 2002 I moved back home to San Francisco, California to start a teaching credential program. I discovered BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute), a private credentialing program through San Francisco State University that worked with the private schools in the Bay Area. This two-year program required participants to be an assistant or associate teacher during the day and attend classes at night to acquire the credential. It was a fantastic experience to be able to directly apply material and concepts in the classroom and in such progressive settings. After I graduated from BATTI I spent two years teaching first grade at a private school for Armenian children and then two years at a Title 1 school for mostly Filipino and Hispanic students teaching first and second grade. With these past two experiences and with a credential in multicultural education I really began to focus on ELL (English Language Learners) students. After getting married in 2009 I moved to Boulder, Colorado and began teaching 3rd grade in an ELL classroom. The more I have investigated resources and tools for ELL students the more I came to realize how technology and online learning can assist these learners in a multitude of ways. I have been extremely pleased and enthusiastic to be participating in a Master’s program in Information and Learning Technologies through CU Denver for this specific goal.
In 2011 I gave birth to my son and in 2013 my daughter. Being a mother and parent is more than I could have ever imagined. I have taken a break from teaching for the last two and a half years and plan to return once I finish my graduate degree. My husband, who is in the tech industry, keeps me from losing my patience with technology and my chocolate Labrador keeps my feet warm under my desk. I love being outside mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, and swimming. If I was stranded on a desert island but could have one thing it would be my Kindle (with a power source).
KZV Armenian School 2006