{Getting to know}

Official title? Assistant Professor

How long have you been at UAA?  Since 1998 in various capacities

What have you taught at UAA?  ESL and PRPE courses

What do you currently teach?  ESL courses

Where did you go to school?  I graduated from Portland State University and UAA.  

What was your major?  French Language and a certificate in teaching English as a Second Language at PSU, and then Adult Education at UAA.

What was your worst or most interesting job as a student?  The most interesting was teaching English at a French high school. The worst was probably merchandising. That was excruciatingly boring.

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Born and raised?  Born in Seattle, raised in Anchorage.

Tell us about your husband.  Peter majored in German and likes to read philosophy when he isn’t chasing our 17-month-old daughter, Greta, around.

Do you have pets?  What kind and what are their ages?  Our mutt, Esther, is 30 months old.

Favorite movie(s)?  “At Play in the Fields of the Lord” might be my favorite, but it is hard to be sure about these things.

Favorite music or artist?  I’m supposed to play Mozart so my daughter will be a genius, but we end up listening to things like Stan Getz or NPR for the most part.

Favorite book?  It changes constantly.  “Words and Rules” by Steven Pinker is a good one, and “Them: Adventures with Extremists” by Jon Ronson is fun.  I also really enjoyed “The Laughing Sutra” by Mark Salzman.

Favorite activities in the summer in Alaska?  Ultimate frisbee, visiting with guests and completing home improvements.

Favorite activities in the winter in Alaska?  I am going to relearn to cross country ski, I hope. I wasn’t too bad in sixth grade.

Hobbies?  Going to the park with Greta and chatting with Peter.

List three things that your students would be surprised to know about you.  It is possible they don’t know that I was a dance club DJ, that I almost didn’t graduate from high school, and that I am allergic to kiwi fruit, but I don’t know how surprised they would be.

If you won the lottery, what is the first purchase you would make?  New pants. I really need some new pants.

If you could take a class from any other department at UAA, what would it be and why?  I would probably take a German class because my husband keeps threatening to move us to Germany.

Who do you admire in your field and why?  In the field of developmental education, Susan Bury, Gerry Busch, Toni Croft, Trish Grega, Sarah Kirk, Linda Lee and Helena Spector because they are all exemplary, student-centered teachers. In the field of ESL, I enjoy reading Ilona Leki, Marianne Celce-Murcia, and Sharon Hilles. In the field of linguisitics, I admire G. Tucker Childs for his research and teaching abilities, Steven Pinker’s ability to make difficult material accessible and the work of Peter Bakker and Carol Myers-Scotton.