I am an Assistant Professor of German at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Prior to my appointment at USNA, I earned a PhD in German Applied Linguistics and Language Science from the Pennsylvania State University, where I also taught all levels of German language and culture. My passion for teaching is reflected in my research, which addresses the gap between L2 research findings and foreign language teaching practice and serves the goal to facilitate instructed SLA for both learners and instructors. Before coming to the US to pursue a PhD, I earned a teaching certification for Secondary Education (1. Staatsexamen) from the Philipps-Universität in Marburg (Germany) in German, ESL and French. I have since used my teaching experience gained on the secondary and post-secondary level both in Germany and the US to research ways of facilitating instructed second language learning.