Monica has taught in international and ESL schools throughout the world for over 7 years which has cultivated her passion for teaching and shaping lives. She first began with a nonprofit teaching ESL domestically in New Orleans and continued to teach in both English and Spanish in Buenos Aires. After this Monica began teaching kindergarten and working with an international school in South Korea where she worked with English language learners through inquiry-based, student-led learning. Before moving to Hangzhou, she taught as a Grade 5 homeroom teacher focused on project-based, thematic learning.
Monica attended Loyola University-New Orleans obtaining a double major with a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Modern Languages and Cultures. She later obtained her TEFL certificate and then began working on her government teaching license through an American teacher preparation program called Teach-Now. Monica continued her studies through Teach-Now and received her Master of Education specializing in the globalization of education.
Her professional interests revolve around innovation in Education. Specifically, working on intercultural understanding for all school stakeholders and how to identify and resolve cultural conflicts that can occur in international education. Additionally, Monica is highly interested in exploring how to meaningfully include technology and real-world STEM into learning. Her personal interests include weight lifting, dancing, reading and spending time near water.