Hello and welcome to my Verbling profile! I'm from Los Angeles, California in the US. I currently live in Taiwan where I've been for the last few years, learning Mandarin Chinese, acquiring my Masters in Business Administration, working in different industries, and where I've also taught English for over six years (mostly part-time). I love language learning and teaching!
My hobbies are competitive cycling, hiking, running, and pretty much just enjoying the outdoors, especially on a sunny day with blue skies.
I have five years of experience Teaching conversational English, have two years of Experience editing dissertations and academic journals for professors, and have also taught children. I have a TESOL teaching certificate, a bachelor's degree in finance, and a masters degree in business. Additionally, I have worked in business in Taiwan for three years and have experience in the manufacturing industry (CNC), finance, and marketing (all in Taiwan).
I can teach grammar, conversation, business, test taking such as TOEFL and IELTS. I do this using a variety of tools and materials, including a wide range of resources I have which allow me to teach using PowerPoint-style presentations, with interactive whiteboard. I can offer video recordings of lessons, audio recordings of lessons, full lesson notes for the student's records and for the all-important review component of English learning.
My students describe me as "likable, having good cultural competence, being good at adjusting for students, friendly, and very patient with adults and children alike".
Oversaw Taiwan procurement office with team of four, focusing on supply chain management, quality control Tasked with challenging, somewhat experimental position which had no precedent; given freedom and authority to design the position, and to set goals & priorities of the office Mastered quality inspection skills. Held 100% quality rate for inspections performed. Quickly reached top-performer status Played key role in winning confidence of large prospective customer concerned with the risks of procurement in Taiwan Resolved quickly a sensitive quality issue for one of our largest customers by identifying and raising the root issues, selling it to the team amid some resistance, and gaining strong buy-in from management on the proposed solution Created & proposed a QC oversight system which would drastically change management’s ability to monitor QC activities Improved efficiency of QC activities by creating leaner, more strategic inspection schedules Gained the unwavering trust of ownership; earned high performance marks resulting in a significant salary increase & bonuses six months in
Maintained roughly 20% above-standard student attendance numbers (a signifier of student satisfaction); Held 100% class retainment over seven years in system where performance dictates consistent hours granted; Organized & lead extra-curricular activities with students
2010 - 2013
Editor of Dissertations & Faculty Research
Taiwan Bureau of Education - Taichung, Taiwan
Edited English dissertations and research papers (several published) for faculty and students at Feng Chia University