I taught French and Spanish at a community college in Virginia until my position was unexpectedly eliminated due to a budgetary reduction in force in 2012.
This “divine storm” caused me to rethink my career choice. During my last semester of full-time teaching, I completed Wine & Spirit Education Trust‘s Level 1 Foundation and Level 2 Intermediate Courses with distinction. In 2013, I held multiple part-time positions – online professor of French and executive assistant for a wine broker and importer – the latter of which got my foot in the door of the wine industry. In January 2014, I moved from Bristol, Virginia, to Napa Valley, California, to begin my new career and life. You may read my story in detail here.
During my first four months in Napa Valley, I completed Wine & Spirit Education Trust‘s Level 3 Advanced Course with merit via home study. I studied wine marketing and sales at Napa Valley College during fall semester 2016. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in French Education (summa cum laude and University Scholar), a Master of Arts degree in French, a graduate minor in Spanish, and a doctoral degree in Community College and Foreign Language Education (top graduate of my degree program class). My doctoral dissertation is entitled Differences in attitudes, experiences, and success between delivering and receiving site students in interactive television foreign language classes.
Lastly, but certainly not least, on September 12, 2016, I began a wellness program that has changed my life. I lost 90 pounds and have maintained this weight loss ever since. During the course of this journey, many have told me that I have inspired them. I have decided to share my successes and challenges by being a wellness advocate.
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~ Elizabeth Smith, aka @travelwinechick