My PASSION is about my students! Over the years, I've taught hundreds from all over the world. I learn from them. I learn about them, their families, their home countries, likes, dislikes and goals. The more I learn about my students, the more I realize how much we are ALL alike.
How I got my start
I was first introduced to the fascinating world of teaching Citizenship and ESL when I worked at a manufacturing plant in Portland, Maine, that exemplified diversity. The founder had immigrated as a little boy, as had 80% of the employees.
I began volunteering after work in the Learning Center where Citizenship and ESL were offered to the employees. From there, I volunteered in an adult ESL classroom in the evenings.
Timing is everything! An opportunity arose to get my TEFL Certification. Off I went to Guadalajara, Mexico, for an intensive TEFL program - and graduated with Distinction, the highest achievement level. Mexico is magical, so I stayed for 2 years to teach ESL in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, first to businessmen in their workplace and then at a private school.
That's how it all began for me, but I'm not done yet! Working with students from all over the world is my passion! It is a privilege to be able to help students on the journey towards their unlimited potential.