International Interests


My first trip outside of the US as a teenager – a student exchange to Western Europe and the Soviet Union – established a direction for my professional career. With degrees in Spanish (BA, Northern Illinois University), Teaching English as a Second Language (MA, UCLA), and Comparative and International Education (PhD, UCLA), I have grown personally and professionally through diverse international experiences and intercultural exchanges. In 2014, I was appointed to be the Interim Associate Dean of International Education at Pasadena CIty College. While that management position ended and I was back in the classroom for several years, I am now ready to develop new opportunities international education opportunities and pursue new adventures.


International Presentations

  • Presenter, Skyline College, 2016

  • Co-presenter, 21st Century Career + Technical Education: Making Global Connections, Shanghai, China, 2014

Chinese media report (in Chinese):


International Students

  • Interview article from the American Association for Community Colleges:  link
  • Quoted in Los Angeles Times article on Chinese students studying in community colleges, 12/28/2015:  link
  • Interview with Sino-Vision, a Chinese-American media company (9/2015):  link
  • iJam New International Student Orientation, Pasadena City College
  • International Student Recruitment
  • Pasadena City College International Student Program (Here is a Prezi I created)
  • New international student orientation programs – American Language Institute, USC.

Sinovision Interview – 9/25/2015


Supporting International Students the Right Way

Professional Development Presentation


.Language Teaching & Curriculum

  • STARTALK – Content-based language instruction for Chinese language school teachers.
  • Beijing Language and Culture University – Chinese language materials development.
  • Special programs for visiting Chinese language teachers at Pasadena City College.
  • Azusa Pacific University, Field-based MATESOL Program for MATESOL students in Asia
  • Materials development for Chinese scientists
  • Alhambra (Califorinia) High School Academy of Bilingual Pedagogy Advisory Committee.
  • UCLA-Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School intensive English language program (funded by the Ford Foundation)
   Language Competencies
  • Spanish:  Advanced spoken and written proficiency
  • Mandarin:  Intermediate spoken and written proficiency
  • Swedish, German: Low beginning proficiency
   International Travel
  • Asia: China (18 mo. residence in Beijing), Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea.
  • Europe: England, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, France.