I’m a Seattle native, born and raised in the shadow of the Space Needle. After getting an English degree from Seattle University and spending a few eye-opening years in the Criminal Division of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, I was ready to experience a different side of the world. I joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program and moved to rural Japan for 3 years to teach English in junior high school. I followed this with serving in the Peace Corps, teaching in the foreign languages department at the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, Slovakia. With my interest in languages and my experiences traveling and living overseas, I developed a passion for understanding the relationship between communication and national identity and also realized that higher education, particularly with a global and inclusive focus, was where I wanted to spend my career. After moving back to Seattle, I wondered where I would go for my next adventure, then realized I honestly loved it here and wanted to stay. I taught at Bellevue College until 2008 when I started working at the University of Washington. At UW, I have been Director of International Programs at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance as well as Director of the Global Executive MBA at the Foster School of Business. I’m excited to be back in the College of Arts and Sciences where I got my MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I’ve known about CHID for years, always admired the program’s philosophies, approach and principles, and couldn’t be happier that I am a part of it now!