Welcome to my Seaholm web page. Here you will learn about me, as well as about the courses that I am currently teaching. The 2021/22 school year is my 26th year in the classroom, 18th year at Birmingham Public Schools, 17th at Seaholm, and 16th as World Language Department Head
. As a teacher, I believe in an Instructed Second Language Acquisition approach to language learning. In my opinion, this approach is ideal for high-school students. It combines natural acquisition of the language with direct instruction of vocabulary and grammar structures. Developmentally, secondary-school students are at the crossroads between the analytical adult, and the child who learns through imitation. Instead of asking students to commit to one style of learning, the ISLA approach addresses both styles, thus reaching the whole child.