My teaching philosophy is that learning should be fun, meaningful, and accessible to everyone. When I was 21 years old, I took a 1,000 mile solo bicycle tour of the American and Canadian Rockies. It was through this experience that I discovered the tremendous value of active learning and that this was indeed, one of my dominant learning styles. It was this real-life education that led me to my development as an educator. Over the past 22 years, I've taught people of all ages in a variety of contexts including outdoor education, art education, library education, English for multilingual speakers at state college and community college as well as English as a foreign language to business people in Mexico City. I am fascinated by learning styles and incorporating appropriate techniques to fit each student's style. Additionally, I care about my students, take into account factors which may affect their progress, and I work with them to find solutions. Finally, because I am creative and a lifelong learner, I am always refining my instruction techniques to better serve my learners and to keep things fresh.