I started my career in teaching as a volunteer in an intensive ESL program for refugees in New York City. Almost immediately I realized I had found my calling and enrolled to get a Masters degree in TESOL at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
After several years of teaching in Spain, I relocated to Boston and started teaching in local universities and adult education programs. Currently, I teach part-time at the Bridge Program at the Center for Workplace Development at Harvard University. I teach low-level ESOL classes and an occasional GED class. My driving passion is teaching adult immigrants with limited education and unlimited aspirations.
Over the past 25 years I have complemented my part-time teaching schedule with writing teacher resource books and student textbooks. The quiet work of designing and writing curricula is a great antidote to the rigor and buzz of classroom teaching. Writing is also a way for me to share my love of teaching with teachers and students far from home.
Recently I have added another element to my working life. I provide professional development workshops for ESOL teachers all around the country. This work has been generously supported by Pearson Longman in their effort to connect with and support teachers in adult education.
- Project Success, Series Consultant and Author
- Future Literacy Workbook
- Future United States Citizens
- Future: English for Results Level 1 & Level 2
- Future Skills for Success: Multilevel Communicative Activities Book 1
- Future Skills for Success: Multilevel Communicative Activities Book 2
- Q: Skills for Success Level 1: Oxford University Press
- Side by Side Teacher Resource Books levels 1 – 4
- Side by Side Plus Levels 1 – 3
- Foundations Teacher’s Manual
- Word by Word and
- Word by Word Basic Teacher Resource Books
- Business Across Cultures, co-authored with Laura English
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
- Right from the Start: Teaching Learning Skills in Low-Level Classes
- Integrating the Literacy Learner in the Multilevel Class
- Collaborative Learning
- Connecting Phonics and Pronunciation Instruction
- Success in Learning: A Conference for ESOL Students
- Enhancing Listening and Speaking Skills in the ESOL Classroom
- Fostering Learner Independence
- Managing the Multi-level Classroom
- Reading Instruction for Low-level ESOL Learners
- Strengthening Student Persistence
- Teaching in the Multilevel Classroom
- Teaching Study Skills
- Using Multiple Modalities in the ESOL Classroom
- Using Our Brains: Research-based Learning Techniques in the Classroom