Courtney works as a pilot and flight instructor, currently living in the Cleveland, Ohio and previously (2014 - 2018) in Leon, Nicaragua. In 2014 a set of circumstances were presented allowing Courtney the opportunity to live in Nicaragua. While living in the capital, Managua, she shared a small room with a local family she was blessed to experience complete submersion within the culture and community allowing her the ability to witness the heartbreaking economic struggle due to Nicaragua’s societal deficit of education, funds, and prevailing conditions of poverty. Courtney pursued an accredited certification with TEFL, Teaching English as a ForeignLanguage, at a school in Leon, Nicaragua.
This certification enabled her to teach English to children and adults in Nicaragua. The combination of previous teaching experience as a flight instructor and implementation of mentorship in conjunction with the TEFL certification, proved beneficial to her students and the community by facilitating and cultivating cultural competence.
Teaching English provided an extension of gratitude while uniting and improving local communities with language education to those without opportunity. She began an awareness campaign in 2016, Runucate ( run + educate). This campaign highlights opportunities education provides to community. As political instability in Nicaragua worsened, Runucate had to shift its fundraising focus to the United States in 2018. Courtney began looking for a new education program to support with her runs. Currently, the focus is on educating adults within the local community. Contributions and awareness are raised by Courtney’s participation in various running events around the world as a novice runner. Her intention is to expand educational opportunities in the future with the construction of a school and organized events focused solely on this cause.