I have been teaching ESL, TOEFL and Cambridge Proficiency for almost 30 years, both in the US and abroad. I taught in central Italy from 1985 to 2005. While there, I did translating as well as work on all aspects of ESL: reading comprehension, speaking, and writing. I taught at the University of Pisa, for the Italian Military School for Officers, and many private schools in the region of Umbria. Since returning to the USA in 2005 and relocating to the East Bay Area, I have taught ESL at Mills College, and at Intrax, San Francisco (2005 to 2013) where I focused on Test Prep courses: PBT (Paper Based TOEFL) and iBT (Internet Based TOEFL).
I am also a published poet and serious watercolor painter. My sixth poetry collection, "Upheaval", was one of three national winners in the Red Ochre Press Chapbook Contest for 2012. I have also had individual poems awarded three times in the BAPC (Berkeley Bay Area Poets Coalition) Annual Contest, in 2010, 2011, and 2013. While in Italy, I was one of a group of artists selected by the Art Critic, Luciano Lepri, to participate in exhibitions organized by him. We exhibited in Sienna, Rome, Perugia and in small towns in central Italy.
I belong to the Frank Bette Art Center, and this Spring will offer a course in poetry development and writing, as well as an Italian language course at the Art Center. I am also moderator of a monthly poetry & prose meetup in Alameda.
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