2015 Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year

2016 Central States Conference Teacher of the Year

2017 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Finalist

I am an innovative public educator and potter living in St. Paul, MN. I have taught in and directed innovative language learning programs since 1997.

I have been making pots since 1997 when my friend and mentor, Steve Hilton, first introduced me to clay. I apprenticed with Haddie Hadachek at Black Bear Pottery in Brainerd, MN and got my hands in clay whenever possible while also embarking on a career teaching languages.

In language education, I pioneer innovative methods to reach and teach ALL my middle school students.

In the studio I explore the convergence of the processes of language acquisition and ceramic art.