I've been an English
teacher since 1988, and I've been teaching students online since 2003. As an experienced teacher, I understand how students learn new information and skills and how they learn English. What's the secret? There isn't a secret. Learning English is really hard. However, there are two things you must do:
Work hard and write.
The secret to learning a new language lies in the skill of writing. In the classes that I teach, I urge everyone to write as much as possible. All of my students have notebooks, and they all write. It's a simple method, but it works. You can do it, too!
My students are from
all over the world: Ethiopia, Mexico, Somalia, Vietnam, China,
Cambodia, Central and South America, among others.
I originally built this
website in 2003 for my students to use for free, but now 99% of the people who come here are from other states and other countries. I'm still working on the website and adding to it daily.
Basically, I just wanted to create
a free space on the internet that students think about going to
when they're trying to figure out how to say something in English
--beginners to advanced.
So don't expect too much at first from a free website.
You know, what they say--you get what you pay for.
2003 - the present I'm a regular classroom teacher for adults. I teach English as a second language classes and adult basic education. I specialize in the areas of writing, reading, vocabulary development, and grammar and usage. I've also been teaching English to people online since this website began in 2003. It's a lot of fun and I have met many interesting people.
1997 - 2012 I taught English as a second language (ESL) at the Mall
of America in Bloomington, MN.
1991 - 1997 I
taught high school English at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood,
Minnesota for six years, from 1991 to 1997. Until I started teaching
at the Mall of America, this was the best job that I had ever
1990 - 1991 Before
moving to Minnesota, I spent one amazing year at a Catholic girls
school in Chicago. This was my "boot camp" --the place
where I really learned how to be a teacher. Thanks to Sr. Theresa
to whom I'll forever be indebted. She was my mentor and my friend,
and truly an angel on earth.
1988 - 1990 My
very first paid teaching experience was at the Lakeview Learning
Center in Chicago where I taught ESL part time. These were my
very first students, and it was from them that I started to learn how to teach.
1988 - 1990 - DePaul University, Chicago, IL (teacher certification)
1986 - 1988 - University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
1981 - 1985 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (B.A.)
1963 - 1991 Almost everything I learned about being a good human being came from my mother, Marilyn. She was a Spanish teacher and a teacher of children and adults who were bilingual in Spanish and English. Without her support and influence, I never would have become a teacher.
Let's all work together towards ending war
and reducing human suffering while preserving the planet Earth.