After graduating from Berklee College of Music, I travelled to Spain where I studied classical guitar and learned to speak, read, and write Spanish. It was this period of over four years and many travel experiences which piqued my interest in learning to communicate in various languages and in teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Ever since visiting the Alhambra in southern Spain, I have been interested in the Arab world. I spent two years in Cairo, Egypt at the American University in Cairo, where I graduated with an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Although the demands of graduate study left insufficient time for serious language studies, I did acquire basic communication skills in spoken Arabic. Since living in Spain and Egypt, I have taught EFL/ESL in Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Malaysia, and Qatar. In total, I have lived abroad for over 12 years. This has helped me to understand the enormity of the task facing international students who come to the U.S. to learn English.