I earned my TESOL (Teaching English
to Students of Other Languages) certificate from Oxford Seminars and did my practicum in the classroom at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. I received my BA degree in English at the Texas State University and my Masters of Fine Arts in Writing
degree at the California College of the Arts in 2014.
In the summer of 2013, I was an English mentor at California College of the Arts supporting the Summer Writing Skills Workshop Intensive, and the International Grad Prep Intensive program. I became interested in being an English tutor when I started tutoring one to one back in 1991. At the time, I lived with a host family while I volunteered as a tutor and studied Korean Language
and Culture. I tutored adults from a range of backgrounds from business
people, housewives, professional artists and university students. I enjoyed it so much, that I continued to seek out ESL
students for tutoring when I later returned to the USA.
In 1995, I was an instructor/volunteer coordinator for WATER (Women’s Access To Electronic Resources) demystifying the process of video and radio production for women who wanted to tell their stories electronically. I taught them how to use the camera, and edit and print their footage for screening. Those who showed an interest in working the studio camera at the Austin Community Television studios (ACTV) would be invited to work crew for the various programs in which I technically directed for producers.
I continued to tutor at least two ESL students a month throughout my life, and participated as a conversation leader for a group of seven students for The Texas Intensive English Program in 2004. The students got a kick out of the periodic screenings in my home, after which we would have animated English discussion and review. FUN!
We started hosting TIEP students in our home since around 2003, I would be available for tutoring for those students as well as showing them sites in Austin and San Antonio. On one occasion, two students and I went on a road trip from Austin, Texas to Orlando, Florida…singing
songs from our various towns. I dropped them off at Disney World, continued on to Ft, Lauderdale, Florida for a conference/retreat and picked them up on the way back. That was an unforgettable and fun trip!
I currently live in Berkeley, California working on my first memoir for publication. I support my work through a regular office job at California College for the Arts in the President's Office.
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