MEmber of the Month:

Diana Siemer


Manager Educational Services


Esperanza Center Catholic Charities

Years Involved in/Teaching ESL?

20 + years

Why did you become an ESOL teacher?

It was the perfect blend of teacher, English, drama, speech, intercultural issues, and service.

What other jobs or careers did you have before landing in TESOL?

Everything restaurant related except owner and chef, orchard/ farm owner, mother and spouse, office worker

What do you love about your career?

I admire, respect, and love the people I work with and the people I serve.

Who or what inspires you?

Nature, animals, and the people I work with and serve

What has been your greatest accomplishment (so far)?

Raising my children, getting an MA, and creating a unique and wonderful ESOL program

What goals do you have for the future?

I'd like to replicate other programs similar to the one I manage, in other places. I'd like to travel more, and I'd like to find a way to work with horses again.

What is your favorite part about teaching?

My favorite part of teaching is  teacher training

Training teachers is like _____.

Training teachers is like experiencing flowers growing, because everything is there - I simply provide what I can to support the process

The three things I always keep in my desk/have in my teaching bag are:

visual reminder of self-care tips, mirror (for student's pronunciation - and to check if I look presentable), and a plastic bendable tube for students to listen more closely to self and/or teacher making sounds (given we've already got paper and pencils...)

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