Johanna Kurt

| September 11, 2011
My name is Johanna, and I am a Reading Buddy and a first-year student in the MA TESOL K-12 program. I was born in Colorado but spent part of my childhood in Texas. After graduating from college, I began teaching abroad in Bolivia, where I worked in an after school program at a boys’ orphanage and taught English on the side. When I returned to the United States, I received my TESOL Certificate from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
For the past four years, I taught ESL to adult immigrants and recently laid-off factory workers at a community college, and I instructed international students in an intensive English program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I feel like I have learned so much about other cultures from my students, and I enjoy the sense of community which is created in the classroom. I found teaching immigrants to be especially meaningful, and I am excited to continue this work with younger students in the public schools. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, eating a variety of pickled food, watching films, and listening to NPR.
I am grateful to be a part of the Zankel Fellowship; it is wonderful that there is an opportunity for TC students to be involved in the surrounding schools. I am excited to begin this year of learning more about teaching literacy.