I’m Jesse. Your new American best friend.
In short, I’m a poet, translator and teacher drawing inspiration from life and human experiences.
Fluent the Write Way began in late 2018 to encourage learners to focus on this commonly overlooked or intimidating part of language learning. Writing doesn’t have to be formal; in our digitally connected world, writing can be a blog, a post on social media, or an email to a friend or colleague. Being an English learner shouldn’t hold you back from sending that text or starting a #studygram, and I want to help you write more confidently. I work with professional learners as well, but the heart of my work is encouraging creativity in both formal and informal writing.
My career as an English teacher started long before I even realized it. When I was a teen, my aunt taught ESOL and asked me if I’d like to be a pen pal to her students in Spain. I remember when my first package arrived—stuffed to the brim with letters from English learners on the other side of the world. I spent so much time reading each of them; opening the little gifts they sent me like stickers and Spanish candy. It’s one of my fondest memories of childhood, and I wrote each student back with a piece of American culture every time I received a letter throughout the school year.
Fast forward to adulthood and university classes. I studied and majored in English Language and Literature because I love reading and writing. I eventually started sending my own creative writing out into the world and have since published poems and short stories in various North American literary magazines. These days, I spend most of my time working with students, burying my nose in a book or dabbling in a variety of other languages.
Speaking of languages, I didn’t find my way back to ESOL until my twenties when I started learning Japanese. Russian, Ukrainian and Latin Spanish are my focus these days. Even with a busy husband and five kids (not a typo!) languages are a part of my everyday life now. I love to connect with others across the world and can’t believe that I waited so long to make languages a priority in my life. As a late in life adult learner (I did not grow up bilingual!), I understand the unique challenges that come with balancing life, work and learning.
…Annnnd I may be trying to save snail-mail letter writing at the same time!
Aside from languages, writing and learning, I love old things. Old houses, old books, old stuff. I live with my husband, (5) children and (6) pets in a 1925 National Folk home in the sunny southern United States. I am also known to wander around antique shops for unique old things that I can give a second life to (especially typewriters)!
Wanna be my pen pal? Let’s revive the dying art of letter writing together, even if you cheat and send me an email or find me on social media instead. 😊
Education & Experience:
Formal CV available upon request. Please contact me!
- Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature. Graduated with high honors.
- One year in the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics program at UMass Boston.
- Current student in the Master of Fine Arts: Poetry and Literary Translation (Russian Literature) program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
- Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society Member.
- Completion and passing with excellence of 120-hour accredited TEFL course.
- Teaching experience in various fields for county health department and in private practice from 2009-2014.
- Italki tutor from March 2019 – September 2020.
- Upper Elementary assistant (Grades 4-6) in a Montessori classroom from September 2021-February 2022.
- Lead Adolescent Guide (Grades 7-9) in an Adolescent Montessori classroom from February 2022-present.
- Certified in the State of Florida to teach English (Grades 6-12) and Exceptional Student Education (ESE; Grades K-12).
- Personal experience learning foreign languages.
- Experience teaching adults and, as a mother to five children, I work well with children of all ages and abilities.