One reason I started this blog

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. The life-changing power of communication, literacy, and education.
  2. Empowering people to be capable and confident users of English.
  3. Learning  practical, everyday, real life, really useful English in a fun, and occasionally irreverent, manner.

Four characteristics I bring to the table

  1. A supportive nature.
  2. A well-developed sense of humor.
  3. A nonjudgmental attitude.
  4. Empathy as a fellow language learner.

Five things I love that have nothing to do with teaching English

  1. Lipstick.  I want to be that nearly middle-aged lady who wears fabulous lipstick every day.
  2. A variety of music from opera to bachata, metal to country, Brazilian funk to 90s R&B.
  3. 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.
  4. Driving with the windows down in the Spring or Fall, with the radio turned up, singing along at the top of my lungs.
  5. 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.