Liz is the Emergent Multilingual Learner Coordinator for High Tech Elementary Explorer, High Tech Middle Media Arts, and High Tech High Media Arts. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Liz left home to pursue a degree in Spanish and International Relations at Hendrix College in Arkansas. Upon graduation, she joined Teach For America and began teaching 4th grade in St. Louis, Missouri. While teaching, Liz earned her M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis as well as her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Webster University.
Liz’s love for language learning traces back to her first middle school Spanish class that sparked an interest in not just language, but also travel and culture. She has continued to study Spanish ever since (and is still learning and improving!) and also learned Italian while studying abroad in high school. Before joining the High Tech High Village, Liz taught in various roles at the elementary and middle school level in Missouri and New Jersey. She is ecstatic to be back on the west coast supporting the students of HTeX, HTMMA, and HTHMA. When she’s not teaching, you can find Liz exploring the outdoors with her dog, relaxing inside with her cats, outside in the garden with her plants, or planning her next adventure.