English Instruction for Second & Foreign Language Learners



Communicative and literacy instruction for Second Language Learners. 

University Courses


Literacy instruction courses for 1st and 2nd year Second and Foreign Language Learners.

Private Instruction


1-on-1 instruction developed for the specific needs of students. English for Specific Purposes with a focus on business communication and writing.



Systemic Functional Linguistics is a theoretical tool for educators looking to expand upon their understanding of how language works to construct meaning. 

Genre-based Pedagogy


Genre-based Pedagogy teaches learners to use rhetoric in different situations, both oral and literacy-based, can be used to effectively get what you want.

Flipped/Online Learning


A tool for teachers who want to spend more time in class getting things done. Use this to design materials for autonomous learning experiences.

About Me




I am currently employed as a full-time ESL teacher and am a PhD student at the University at Albany, SUNY. I graduated from UMASS Amherst in the School of Education. I hold a M.Ed in Bilingualism, ESL, and Multicultural and hold a k-12 Massachusetts ESL license. My field of research is in English as a second language writing using Systemic Functional Linguistics and Genre-based pedagogy. In addition, I research extensive reading for second language learners. I have taught, researched, and published for universities in Kyoto, Japan. 




I am a passionate cyclist and runner. I am data driven in my training and enjoy both competition, camaraderie, and exploration. Since I was a child, I have loved the sense of empowerment and humility that cycling gives and have found recently that it has also become a means for continual self-betterment and motivation for all aspects of my life. I love sharing the road and finding new places with friends.




I grew up in rural Massachusetts and after discovering a knack for Japanese, I lived 1/3 of my life in both Japan and China. I have been happily married for eight years, have two incredible children, a spunky puppy, and live a truly multicultural and bilingual life. We reside in Western Massachusetts and enjoy being outdoors doing things like gardening, grilling, hiking., cycling, and occasionally sailing. I am a positive person who enjoys laughter, family, and continual self-improvement.

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Writing Instruction for Second Language Learners