I graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1986 with a degree in Social Sciences and Languages. I received a teaching certificate with endorsements in French and ESL. I am in my 30th year teaching English to speakers of other languages. I started by teaching English to foreign college students at The Evergreen State College for 5 years. I, then, got into K-12 education teaching ESL in the Bethel School district for one year and the Tumwater School District for eight years. In 2001, I joined the North Thurston Public Schools and have been teaching ESL at North Thurston High School for fifteen years.