I was born in Germany and came to the US as an exchange student in 2002. At that point, I studied Biology and English to be a high school teacher. In 2004, I joined the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Wyoming to pursue an MA in German literature. I discovered my passion for teaching literature, culture, and language and decided to move to State College, PA to work on my PhD in German literature and culture at the Pennsylvania State University. While at PSU, I also taught in the department of Women’s Studies and had the great opportunity to work as a graduate consultant at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. What I took away from graduate school was that for me teaching, branching out into new territories, networking, and collaborating with friends and colleagues make for the most fulfilling and meaningful aspect of being an academic.
I like new challenges and learning new things. Working as a graduate consultant opened up new ways for me to think about teaching and learning and about interacting and collaborating with others, and I have truly enjoyed following this new path over the last 2 years. In the future, I would like to continue this by learning more about coaching.
I enjoy being involved in the community. In my second year in Spartanburg, I completed a volunteer training program at the Safe Homes Rape Crisis Coalition, and I am volunteering on weekends to staff the domestic violence and sexual abuse hotline. Being involved is a good way for me to be aware of the needs and strengths of my community and to discuss changes that could make a difference.
My husband, Tarkesh, and I enjoy playing tennis, spending time together, discussing life and politics, supporting local coffee shops and farmers markets, being outside, cooking, and working together. I would love to travel more and besides India and Europe, I would love to explore Peru.