“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you” ~ Rumi
Caroline Hazelton is a part-time lecturer at a South Florida university and an online ESL teacher. Originally from a small town near Jacksonville, Caroline earned her bachelor’s in Spanish at Florida State University. Afterwards, Caroline taught Spanish at a pre-k-8th grade private school in Tallahassee for two years. After a year of teaching ESOL to adult learners in Leon County Schools, Caroline decided to pursue a master’s in Foreign and Second Language Education to perfect her teaching. Caroline then taught Spanish for two years at Rider University and ESL for two years at the YWCA Princeton in central New Jersey. She then went to teach in South Florida, where she now resides. Caroline hopes to remain in academia and eventually earn her PhD in a field related to second language acquisition.
Caroline had a lifelong interest in languages and cultures and taught herself Spanish after she finished the foreign language program at her high school. Unsure of how to use her passions to give back to the world, she did religious/humanitarian work in Texas, Ukraine, Peru, and Guatemala as an undergraduate. While in Texas working with immigrant families, she realized her love for serving immigrants – a forgotten and often marginalized group of people in the United States – and made ESL her career focus. She became a Spanish teacher to connect cultures and eliminate fear caused by misunderstandings.
In the semesters where she does not do university teaching, Caroline is a stay-at-home mom/wife to two toddlers and a hurricane hunter husband! As she tries to raise her daughters to be bilingual, Caroline and her girls love exploring the cultures and sights of Miami. When not out exploring, they spend their days together with Univision on in the background at their home.