MA in Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA in English/Linguistics, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota
Amy completed her Master's degree in Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004, during which time she received her TOEFL certification and maintained an assistantship teaching Italian. After completing her Master's degree, Amy dug her backpack out of the closet and wandered around the world for more than a year. She found herself in Guatemala when the money finally ran out, and 45 hours of chicken buses later, wound up crossing the Mexico-U.S. border into Brownsville, Texas. She took a job teaching Composition, English Grammar, and Linguistics at the University of Texas-Brownsville (UTB), where she worked as an adjunct instructor and full-time faculty member in the English department. In addition, she taught ESOL for four years at the Language Institute, also affiliated with UTB. There she taught writing, grammar, conversation, and preparation for the TOEFL and ACT. She lived on South Padre Island and contented herself in her spare time with fishing, swimming, surfing, sailing, and kayaking.
Amy is currently pursuing the Doctorate in Linguistics at UNM and is thrilled to be teaching for CELAC. In her free time, she enjoys cooking Thai food, composing and playing classical piano, studying languages, and spinning poi.