Education: She earned a BA in French at the University of Kansas and an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has also studied Speech Pathology at SIU-Edwardsville.
Personal History: Denise was born in Memphis, grew up in St. Louis and finished high school in Kansas. She is enthusiastic about assisting international students with the transition into a new language, culture and educational system due to her experiences of being an international student in Brussels, Paris and Besancon, France. She has traveled to the Caribbean, South America and in Europe. She speaks French and has studied Haitian Creole, Bahasa Indonesian and Spanish. Her passions include reading, writing and her daughters, Phoebe and Camille.
Professional Activities: Denise has been teaching English as a Second Language since 1990. Prior work experience includes advertising and teaching conversational French. She began teaching ESL at UMSL in 1994, when the ESL program began. She designed the current Seminar for International Teaching Assistants and has developed the ESL program curricula from four classes to eight to include both intermediate and advanced levels in four language skills. Her area of specialty is accent reduction, for which she has created materials and worked as a consultant to area businesses. She is the Faculty Advisor for the Thai Student Association. She has presented at conferences, published in MidTESOL Matters and is a member of TESOL and MidTESOL.