MEmber of the Month:
Occupation: ESL Instructor
Institution: Frederick Community College
Years Involved in/Teaching ESL?
Eight years involved in and teaching, Professionally for one
Why did you become an ESOL teacher?
I've had a passion for diversity and world cultures since I traveled Europe with my two sisters and my grandparents as a young girl. It was exhilarating and eye-opening. Then, I lived in Honduras after high school and became passionate about helping those in poverty to reach their goals and feel a sense of pride in their capabilities. I realized TESOL was a great way to be the first warm smile and helping hand to those entering the United States. It also enables me to remain in an environment I love-the academic setting where reading and writing and creativity are fostered and encouraged. I love being a student as much as I love being a teacher!
What other jobs or careers did you have before landing in TESOL?
Receptionist, barista, Spanish interpreter
What do you love about your career?
Ev.Er.Y.Thing. But mostly the students. I love meeting them, getting to know them, and helping them to define and act and on their goals.
Who or what inspires you?
See previous answer! My students amaze me. My fellow teachers are also a great source of new and energizing ideas. And, of course, my amazing family who surround me while I'm lesson planning or doing any number of work-related activities at home and make me laugh and give me the warm fuzzies.
What has been your greatest accomplishment (so far)?
Earning my Master's degree is high on the list. It was the experience that validated that I am truly enamored by all things TESOL and that when you find something you love the challenging parts are invigorating rather than discouraging.
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