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Meet the Coordinator

Patience L. Locke Kotwa completed her undergraduate work in German with a minor in Russian and East Central European Studies at the University of Wisconsin.  Here Patience realized she had another passion: languages and travel.  As an undergraduate, Patience spent a Semester-Abroad in Rosenheim, Germany where she lived with a family and was immersed in the German language and culture. 

Upon completion of her degree, Patience was selected from a national pool of applicants by the Austro-American Education Commission to spend a year in Austria as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in an Austrian Secondary School in Vienna, Austria.  Patience was fortunate to receive a second year assignment and also taught Austrian children English in a summer camp environment.

‌Upon completion of the two-years as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant and some extensive traveling overseas, Patience went on to Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to pursue her graduate studies and received a M.A. in German.  For the duration of the two year M.A. program, Patience spent her first year abroad at the University of Salzburg in Austria, and the second year on BGSU campus where she continued her graduate assistantship by teaching her first college German course and working as editor for the Salzburg alumni newsletter.  One of Patience’s favorite past-times in Austria included skiing the Alps in Austria.

Teaching and her love of foreign languages remained at the core of her professional life, and after graduate school, Patience completed a B.S. in Elementary and Secondary Education (German) from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and currently retains a Teaching Certificate K-12 + German Secondary School Education. 

In January of 2004, Patience began her current position as Foreign Language Instructional Center Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University.   While working full time at Coastal, Patience also completed a B.A. in the Spanish language (2012), has studied the Chinese and Italian languages and completed a M.Ed L & T with concentration in Instructional Technology (2015).