One reason I started this blog
- I love teaching. Always have, always will. The only thing I regret in my life is not going through with getting my teaching certification when I was in college. I am not the best or smartest or most experienced English teacher out there, but I have soul and sass and joy. There are a lot of good blogs out there about learning English, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to contribute in my own little way.
Two facts about my experience
- I have been a volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher to adult immigrants in my community for over 10 years. I have taught students from 18-80 some of whom spoke practically no English to those who were nearly fluent. I have taught in churches, schools, and even my basement.
- I have provided over 450 classes to over 100 students on italki in the last year, with a 5.0 rating (knock on wood). I pride myself on having long-term, return students who I am able to build a rapport with.
Three things I really believe in
- The life-changing power of communication, literacy, and education.
- Empowering people to be capable and confident users of English.
- Learning practical, everyday, real life, really useful English in a fun, and occasionally irreverent, manner.
Four characteristics I bring to the table
- A supportive nature.
- A well-developed sense of humor.
- A nonjudgmental attitude.
- Empathy as a fellow language learner.
Five things I love that have nothing to do with teaching English
- Lipstick. I want to be that nearly middle-aged lady who wears fabulous lipstick every day.
- A variety of music from opera to bachata, metal to country, Brazilian funk to 90s R&B.
- Fountain pens and thick paper — I love the written word and am a complete and total pen and paper snob; my pens aren’t expensive, but I am incapable of writing with just any old ballpoint pen any longer. The finer the nib, the better. Yes, I am a nerd.
- Driving with the windows down in the Spring or Fall, with the radio turned up, singing along at the top of my lungs.
- Gaudy earrings. I’ve had a love of costume jewelry ever since I was a child and it continues until today. The bigger and shinier, the better.