Developed through a variety of experiences my cultural competencies are a result of many years of work and inquiry. Through life and work experiences that range from being an educator in four countries working in a variety of urban, rural, impoverished, affluent, mono-lingual and multi-lingual school contexts throughout my career. I learned skills necessary to interact effectively amongst many cultures. The practicing the skills of being a focused listener, developing patience to think before acting, and keeping an open mind, I have learned many fascinating things about the cultures we live amongst. In the end my accomplishments in cultural competence have helped me be a more effective communicator and planner, leading to work in a collaborative environment that achieves the sustainable outcomes communities seek.
Other critical experiences involved working in South America as a teacher at a private school and in China as a school administrator. I also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.
Through many unique experiences I have been able to hone my work in professional environments alongside host country and other international professionals.