I was born in California, USA and have lived in Germany since 1981.I earned my B.A. in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of California in San Diego and later went on to earn a M.A. in linguistics(TESOL) at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. In 2010 I completed a Ph.D. that addresses the learning needs German working professionals have for communicating when interacting with American working professionals.
I have taught English as a foreign language for over 20 years. My main area of competence is in instructing communication skills for advanced language learners including cultural aspects of language use. In 1998, I began focusing more on intercultural training. Here my main areas of competence are language and culture, culture general and communication training, USA intercultural training, and Germany intercultural training. I am also a university lecturer in US history and culture, and intercultural issues.
Presently I live in a small German town located at the Bodensee with my husband Klaus and our Jack Russell Terrier, Rusty.