I have been in the field of international education for over 25 years, and I love working with and teaching students from around the world!  Before becoming Director of the Center for American Language & Culture at Temple University I was Director of the International Center and English Language Programs at Rowan University in New Jersey. Prior to working in higher education, I was a social worker in Philadelphia before realizing my passion for travel, then I traveled the world in various capacities - working on community projects in Botswana, Africa; teaching English in Spain and Mexico; bartending in England; and I traveled multiple times to Cuba where I conducted research on the education system. I am so lucky as director because I get to pursue my two passions of helping people and traveling as I visit partners and students in South America, Asia, and soon the Middle East. I earned my bachelor’s degree in sociology from Ithaca College, master’s degree in TESOL from Temple University, and did my doctoral studies in language & literacy in education at the University of Pennsylvania. While I am a "Philly girl" at heart, I currently live in Flourtown, Pennsylvania with my 17-year-old son, our dog Murphy, and cat Snowy, but I love that I get to come into the city for work. Choose Temple...you will love it here!