I live with my husband Todd – we’re high school sweethearts! – and our dog Addie and cat Costco in Seahurst, a small neighborhood in Burien, Washington.
Solid Research Background Grounds Our Work Together
I finished my Bachelor’s at UC Berkeley (2007), exploring the phenomena of shame, scandal and public shaming in an honors thesis on the dialogical and theatrical function of scandal in the works of Dostoevsky, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the departmental citation in excellence in undergraduate research. I later studied Russian linguistics and culture at Moscow State University as a Fulbright Scholar (2010). I hold two MA degrees from UC Davis, one in Comparative Literature in Russian and French (2013) and one in German Language and Literature (2014), with certificates in second language acquisition and critical theory. My Master’s thesis examined the intersection of Christian mysticism and existentialism, and what we would now call trauma and mental illness in selections from 18th – early 20th century Western literature.
10 Years of Experience as Educator and Educational Leader Informs the Approach
I taught Spanish, German, Russian and French as foreign languages, in addition to English, Literature and Psychoanalysis, English as a Second Language, and Translation/Interpreting in public schools and universities, full-time, from 2009-2018. After many years of discernment, I ended my full-time, 10-year career as a department chair, language learning specialist and classroom teacher in 2018.
A Ministry Mindset Shapes the Relationships
I am a former hospice volunteer and Stephen Minister. From 2016-2017 I was a ministry intern at a Baptist church where I preached and delivered the sacraments. I explored many spiritual paths before becoming exclusively Christian, and so my Christian faith is infused with many Christian and non-Christian traditions. For all of the education, all of the religious studies, all the ministry internships and seminary classes, I learned that love is love is love.
Personal Hardship Motivates My Ministry
I write about the intersection of education and wellness on this website, and on a different website add my personal experiences and write about the intersection of wellness and Christian spirituality. I am open to and supportive of all faith traditions in my work via Seahurst Wellness and Education Center, LLC.