My education includes a 7-12 language arts teaching degree, as well as a K-12 ESL endorsement. Currently, I am working in the special education field in a western suburb of Minneapolis, both as a teacher for behaviorally challenging middle schoolers and as a paraprofessional. I have also been an adult ESL volunteer/tutor for Hopkins Adult Education for 2 1/2 years (focusing on lower level learners & struggling readers), as well as more recently functioning as a substitute teacher there. I teach piano to six students and am active as a 3rd-6th grade AWANA leader in our church, as well as being the electronic keyboardist on our worship team. Prior to becoming a teacher/tutor/educator, I specialized in the field of desktop publishing/printing for 15 years. My passion is working with struggling readers, and I am considering pursuing a K-12 Reading License in the near future.