Originally, I am from the Detroit-area in Michigan. I spent most of my free time growing up reading, running around the neighborhood with friends, and pretending I was different Disney characters (not kidding). During the summer I would spend weeks with my family up at our cabin on Torch Lake, or I would spend my time learning how to (unsuccessfully) water ski and make jewelry at Camp Kohahna in Glen Arbor, Michigan.
Fast forward a few years, I attended Michigan State University for almost two years, starting a major in arts and humanities and minoring in Spanish. The last half of my second year, I decided to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I instantly fell in love with the city and its people, and when I came back to Michigan five months later, I knew I would return to Barcelona. After working for about a year and living at home, I decided to transfer to Barcelona and finish my studies there. I attended La Universitat de Barcelona and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social and cultural anthropology.
It was in Barcelona that I started my teaching experience. During the five and a half years I lived in Barcelona, I taught English. I loved watching my students grow and become more comfortable with their foreign language skills. Finally, I decided it was time to move back to the USA. I applied for a position at 100 Elk outdoor center at AU Ranches in Buena Vista and moved to Colorado. I now spend my days much like I did in my childhood: running around outside and reading. The ample opportunities to play outside are what make this place so unique and exciting. I can honestly say that moving to Colorado has been one of the best experiences of my life. I adore it here and am so fortunate to be able to call this place home!