About

Me teaching an English class in Prague.

Hello! My name is Brianna, and in short, I’m a graduate student and a teacher. The long version is that I consider myself a jack-of-trades of sorts — a teacher! a journalist! a wannabe designer! — who has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, TEFL certification, licensure in early childhood education, and am almost licensed in elementary education.

THE LONG BACK STORY: In 2013, I graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. I love everything that journalism taught me — writing, layout design, how to use programs such as InDesign, and more. But I graduated knowing journalism wasn’t what I truly wanted to do full-time. In the summer of 2013 I traveled to Romania to volunteer and teach children at an orphanage and never looked back. I then move to Prague, Czech Republic to become TEFL certified. There, I taught first-grade at a bilingual English-Czech school full-time and part-time to adults. While in Prague, I found out I won a Fulbright scholarship to teach high school English in a small Bulgarian city for one year. While there, I coached the school’s English-language Speech and Debate team to many wins through the BEST Foundation.

RECENTLY/CURRENTLY: After completing Fulbright, I moved back to America and started my master’s program in Elementary Education at Northeastern University. During the duration of my studies, I taught at and became certified in Early Education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers through Bright Horizons. Currently, I am finishing my degree by student teaching second-grade at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School in Boston, MA. I will complete my student teaching in December 2018, and expect to be licensed in MA shortly after.

Five Random Facts About Me:

One of the posters that were displayed around Prague. I’m holding the “U.”

1.) The first thing I wanted to be as a child was a preschool teacher. I later abandoned that dream, but I guess it came back full-circle now that I’m a teacher.
2.) I am teaching myself how to make my own clip art and curriculum/lesson materials. Thanks journalism for the design classes!
3.) Black is my clothing color of choice and has been since I was 13 (but I promise I’m not scary!)
4.) I’m famous… sort of (okay, not really). My face was on posters throughout Prague’s metro stations for several months (see photo for proof).
5.) When I was a child, my dad always said it’s better to be ridiculously early rather than 5 minutes late, which resulted in an angry little me sitting at doctor’s appointments for ungodly lengths of time. But the habit stuck, and I’m unusually early for most everything now, even when I try not to be.