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Patience Locke Kotwa completed her undergraduate work in German with a minor in Russian and East Central European Studies at the University of Wisconsin. This is where she realized she had another passion: languages and travel. As an undergraduate, Kotwa 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, she 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. Locke Kotwa 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, Locke Kotwa went on to Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to pursue her graduate studies and received a Master of Arts in German. For the duration of the two-year master's degree program, she 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 her favorite past-times in Austria included skiing the Alps.

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

In January 2004, Locke Kotwa began her current position as Foreign Language Instructional Center Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University. While working full-time at Coastal, she also completed a B.A. in the Spanish language (2012), has studied the Chinese and Italian languages and completed a M.Ed. in learning and teaching with a concentration in instructional technology (2015).