I am currently teaching second grade in Providence, RI. A large percentage of my students are English Language Learners, so this summer I spent one month in Costa Rica earning my TEFL certification from the International TEFL Academy in Heredia. While in Heredia, I lived with alumna Christina Rukki. My interest in teaching ESL was sparked during LANG/EDUC 408 taught by Robin Rhodes-Crowell and I have been pursuing a career in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) since then. I am also currently pursuing a K-12 TESOL certification at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. I look forward to better serving Rhode Island’s Spanish-speaking population with both certifications and seeing the future opportunities they bring.