Work Experience

Learning Support Specialist Teacher 2003-2014 and Substitute Teacher 1998-2003

Key responsibilities:

  • Case managed and provided direct instruction to 14-19 year old students with learning disabilities
  • Administered educational assessments such as the CTOPP, AWMA-2 and DASH
  • Wrote referral letters, interpreted psycho-educational assessments and wrote individualized educational plans
  • Counselled students and their parents on all educational matters related to learning disabilities
  • Supported IGCSE and IB curriculums and served as a student Advisor
  • Member of the Student Support Team, a multi-disciplinary team
  • Liaised with external exam boards regarding the securing of testing accommodations
  • Conducted teacher training and coaching on inclusion and differentiation strategies for a wide range of learning differences and disabilities

Director of Studies 1996-1998

RLC is a British-owned and managed international company, providing language services for a wide range of corporate clients and government ministries

Key responsibilities:

  • Managed the pedagogical side of the organization and supervised a team of 15+ teachers and seven branch managers
  • Conducted international recruiting for all eight branches, including inducting and orienting all new teaching staff and branch managers
  • Assessed and supported teachers’ professional development needs and conducted teacher training

Head Teacher 1993-1996

AAC Opisto is Finland’s largest business language school with over 200 employees at 7 branches nationwide, providing language services to corporate clients and governmental ministries

Key responsibilities:

  • Taught English as an Additional Language to groups and individuals in weekly, intensive and special course formats
  • Lead a team of 18+ teachers and provided teacher training to all seven branches
  • Represented the firm on recruiting trips at the annual TESOL conference in the USA

Teacher and Teacher Trainer. 1988-1990

Asian YMCA’s are primarily chartered to instruct pre-school through adult education English and Mathematics

Key responsibilities:

  • Team taught English with Japanese teachers in partnership with the Ministry of Education
  • Wrote reports for the Ministry of Education on content and quality of programme

Business Communications Trainer 1987-1988

Founded at the request of IBM, Phoenix Associates, Ltd teaches Japanese corporate management to conduct international business successfully

  • Taught English as an Additional Language to groups and individual corporate clients in weekly lessons

Education Registered by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supèrieur et de la Recherche

2016 PGCSE (Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education) in Dyspraxia/DCD, University of South Wales

2004 PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Specific Learning Difficulties, Manchester Metropolitan University

1993 MA in English, San Francisco State University. Specialty in Linguistics and English as an Additional Language pedagogy

1985 BA in Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz. Specialty in Linguistic Philosophy. Senior Honors Thesis on Wittgenstein. Minor in Psychology

Specific Courses

2015 Accepted in year-long online PGCE course offered by University of South Wales in Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) and CPT3A Qualification with Real Training in the UK (BPS recognized), also a 30 unit year-long course

2003-2014 Extensive Professional Development funded by the ISL

2010 Week-long Counselling Skills Workshop. City University London

1990-1991 Courses in English Literature and Japanese language. University of CA, Davis