Home Country: United States
With experience teaching English in Bali as well as teaching baking classes back home, Jessie is a confident communicator and believes in the power of art and words to encourage engagement in learning a new language. Jessie shares, “For me, teaching English abroad is a wonderful way to marry my love of words, teaching/imparting knowledge, and seeing the world.” Jessie’s unique approach, teamed with her professional experience in writing and illustrating, can ensure Jessie will bring a creative outlook to any classroom. Should Jessie be the scholarship recipient, the IVHQ community have a colorful and engaging volunteer reflection to look forward to.
Why are you passionate about teaching English abroad?
I am a writer by trade, and an adventurer by spirit. I love teaching what I know and love. For me, teaching English abroad is a wonderful way to marry my love of words, teaching/imparting knowledge, and seeing the world.
What experience/skills can you apply to teaching English abroad?
As a writer and and illustrator (I am the creator of cakespy.com) I have a fresh outlook on life, and think in words and images. I have the ability to combine art and words to convey stories, which is an engaging way to discover a new language.
Why do you believe you will be effective in teaching English abroad?
I approach teaching a little differently. I’m not just teaching others. We are actually working together on a project. I am steering the ship, but everyone is an active member of the journey. Using my creative outlook on life is a way to bring whimsy and joy to the language learning experience.
What are you looking to gain from the experience?
Connection, engagement, and adventure. A storybook I had as a child said that it is our duty to learn, see the world, and then pass on our knowledge in hopes of making the world a more beautiful place. If I am able to share my knowledge while also connecting and engaging with others and seeing the world…well, I can’t imagine a much sweeter existence.