I grew up in Seattle and then went to college in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a BA in Biochemistry. In the fall of my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Kenya and Tanzania on a program where we camped for most of the time, observing animals in large national game parks. Kenya and Tanzania changed my world in ways I didn't understand until years later.
I moved to Ecuador right after college graduation to teach English. Moving to Ecuador was a random decision -- I didn't speak a word of Spanish and I had never taught anything before, let alone English. To this day, I'm still not sure what inspired me to decide to move to a foreign country where I didn't speak the language, but it has remained as one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Eventually, I moved to Vermont to get my Masters degree in International Education at the School for International Training. Along the way, I built schools in Ecuador, worked as an emergency room clinic coordinator, worked at a ski resort in Whitefish, MT and volunteered in Oaxaca, Mexico.
I'm happy to have landed here in the Gateway Center and look forward to meeting you!
Some other things that may or may not be interesting: I have lived in and/or traveled to 18 countries other than the US, I am learning how to play the guitar, and I play soccer.