Myanmar Language Instructor
In 2012, in association with my community volunteer work, I began learning the Myanmar language to help serve the needs of a growing refugee population where I live. In 2013, after having learned the basics of reading, I began to build a curriculum to assist other volunteers in our group to learn to read the Myanmar script. My reason for doing so resulted from my own inability to locate a source of instruction that focused primarily on reading using a simple, non-academic approach.
By 2014, I had successfully taught several students the basics of reading Myanmar and continued to refine the instruction. In 2016, I made the material available in printed form to students in other parts of the country who were learning to read and speak the language as well. In 2017, after further refinements, I provided students with video instruction. As of the summer of 2018, over 250 students in the U.S. and abroad were using or had used the videos.