Where are you originally from? I was born in a hospital in Houston, Texas; however, I was raised mostly in Abilene, Texas. Abilene is basically the conservative armpit of the world. As I have grown older, I have come to appreciate the unique perspective that comes from being from such a conservative place and living in NYC. However, I hated Abilene when I lived there.
What level do you teach at EC? Mostly High Intermediate and the First Cambridge Exam. In electives, I typically teach TOEFL and Writing.
What is your style of teaching and what can students expect from your class? I like to combine unusual topics with book related topics. Today I taught a class about religion in the US and used videos of Pentecostal snake charmers in Tennessee and we wrote an essay about it.
What do you enjoy most about your students? Sharing experiences in the city. It is great to be on the same level with your students and to feel like you are all exploring the world together.
Could you give students one piece of advice or share one recommendation about New York City? Don’t just do the tourist things. Ask your teachers what bars and restaurants they would go to. It is easy to be mislead by popular information, but the magic lies in what real New Yorkers do on a Saturday night.