Kristin has a BA in Linguistics with Minors in Chinese and Teaching English as a Second Language from University of Florida and a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Middlebury Institute of International Studies with a specialization in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. She also completed the International Chinese Language program at National Taiwan University.
She has experience teaching both English as a Second Language and Chinese as a Second Language. As a Mandarin Chinese teacher, she worked as a Chinese Language Teaching Assistant at Middlebury Institude of International Studies and taught at local Chinese schools in California to help Chinese Heritage students improve, maintain, and grasp the language. She also worked with the Directorate General in Monterey, CA teaching diplomats and students preparing for cross-cultural experiences.
As an English teacher, Kristin taught in Taiwan through the prestigious U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program. There she worked in both Taipei and Kaohsiung as an English teacher, tutor, and teaching assistant. She taught both young learners and adults. She served as a private tutor for professionals including those working in the industrial engineering field. She also participated in leading volunteer English reading programs for children through the American Institute of Taiwan’s American Corner throughout the local community. She later had the opportunity to work in Beijing as a Consulting English Teacher for a Summer Language and Culture Exchange Program. Most recently, in 2018, she spent the summer teaching English to students at the university level in Tokyo, Japan.
Kristin also speaks conversational Cantonese Chinese and some Spanish. Her experience overseas and here in the U.S. give her a great understanding of both American culture and Chinese cultures and enhance her skills as a teacher of both Chinese and English.