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For the last 30 years I have been a professional language instructor, teaching both German and English.
My first love was music and the world of fine arts. I had the good fortune to study piano at Interlochen Arts Academy as a high school student, and then to continue my studies at Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. In 1975, I switched paths, transferring to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where I began to study German language and literature; here I flourished, seeing a connection between the worlds of literature and the arts. I received both my BA and MA at Washington University, completing the coursework for a PH.D. As a student and later as an instructor, I traveled extensively, also teaching English abroad.
I met my future husband, Dieter Adolphs, at Washington University and, after marrying, we moved to Houghton, Michigan, in 1985 so that he could accept a teaching position at MTU. We have two wonderful sons, Tom and Max, who were both born in the Upper Peninsula.
I taught German and English at Calumet High School for 24 years, and then taught Composition and ESL at Finlandia University, and German at MTU. My hobbies are gardening and traveling.
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