June 17, 2015
Undergrad: University of Rhode Island (BA Spanish and French)
Fast Fact: Caroline walked more than 500 miles of the mystical Camino de Santiago.
Like many TESOL students, Caroline's journey to MIIS began when she taught English abroad: "After college, I found myself teaching English in Spain. I loved it, but felt like I was lacking the qualifications and experience to really teach it well. So when I returned to the US a few years later, I started looking at MATESOL programs. I was torn, however, between going back to school and jetting off again to teach abroad."
After Caroline’s initial visit to the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), she was in awe of the beautiful scenery and nature Monterey has to offer. She says, “I could really see myself living in such a magical place. Academically, MIIS had exactly what I was looking for – a strong MATESOL program with top-notch faculty and a strong Peace Corps presence consisting of Peace Corps Master's International students and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs)."
Caroline goes on to say, “I’ve enjoyed working with my professors and peers. Our collective experiences of travel, language learning and teaching and research make for a truly inspiring cohort of linguists! I have learned so much from each and every one of them – it’s truly an honor and privilege to be able to call them my colleagues.”
Caroline served with the Peace Corps in Barranquilla, Colombia for 2 years before returning to Monterey to complete her degree. You can hear her talk more about her Peace Corps experience here. After graduating in December of 2014, Caroline was hired at a private university in Barranquilla - the same city she completed her service in! She says, "I feel extremely confident in my position here as an adjunct English Instructor. I've also been asked to work on other projects which require me to work with local public school districts to develop bilingual curricula and teacher training programs. For me, the PCMI program provided me with exactly the experience I needed to become a confident and effective teacher. It was the perfect blend of in field experience and academic preparation."
Caroline is excited to work with people from around the world and help them learn to communicate in an ever changing, multilingual world. She says, “Language has opened doors for me that have lead me towards incredible adventures – I only hope that I can help make that happen for my own students.”