I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Madison back in 2012 to attend UW–Madison for my undergraduate degree. I studied education with a focus in mathematics, as well as Chinese, at UW. After graduating in 2016, I worked for Madison schools, before I decided to move to Seoul, South Korea. I have been living and teaching in South Korea for the past three years. Working with staff members here led me to enroll in the MSPE program, since it allows me to continue working in South Korea, while being able to continue my education in the hopes of working as an administrator.
"This semester I will focus on balancing my work schedule and classwork. Being a full-time teacher is very rewarding and tiring at the same time. "
What are you most looking forward to at UW–Madison?
I am looking forward to interacting with other educators, and learning about their experience in the field.
How do you feel going into fall semester?
I am excited to start the fall semester having just finished summer courses; it has been an interesting transition taking online courses. I look forward to another semester with my class members and hope to learn things I can currently use within my own classroom.
What will your focus be this semester?
This semester I will focus on balancing my work schedule and classwork. Being a full-time teacher is very rewarding and tiring at the same time. Focusing on prioritizing assignments and students’ classwork will be my first priority.
"My plan after graduation is to continue to work in South Korea. I hope to work at the University with adult English learners. "
How do you plan to stay connected with your friends, classmates, and professors this fall?
Having lived in Korea for three years now, I have been able to stay connected with family and friends through phone calls and online video chats. There is not much that will change regarding communication between professors and classmates.
What are your career plans after graduation?
My plan after graduation is to continue to work in South Korea. I hope to work at the University with adult English learners.
What are your hobbies or interests outside of school and work?
Outside of school I enjoy going on hikes and working out at the gym. When I am not busy at work or with classwork, I meet up with friends and spend time at board game cafes or singing at karaoke. Before COVID-19 I also enjoyed traveling around different countries in Asia.