I have over 25 years’ experience as an educator primarily in the fields of English language teaching and teacher training.
Relevant Qualifications: M.A. Information & Learning Technologies: Elearning, University of Colorado 2013; Peace Corps training & practicum program; TESL/TEFL Certificate; TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment; neuropsychology training; State sponsored charter school administration training; many, many conference workshops & webinars
Colorado School of English (www.EnglishAmerica.com ) - Founder & Director - After subbing at local language institutes and presenting my own ad hoc courses at Colorado Free University, I founded Colorado School of English. After two years, I got the institute accredited and ran it, overseeing all aspects of operations for 15 years, until selling it. I was personally invited by the director of our accrediting body (ACCET) to be a reviewer, so have sat on both sides of the accreditation table. I designed an innovative accelerated curriculum for our Intensive English Program, and designed or co-designed curricula for many other courses and programs including a teacher certification program and was an early advocate of using the internet as a resource for class and homework activities. By closely monitoring students’ progress, satisfaction and the need for changes, I was able to implement a continuous improvement strategy. We were careful to hire upbeat, experienced instructors, who seemed capable of delivering interesting, interactive classes. One of our requirements was that teachers strive for a 30:70 teacher talk:student talk ratio or better, and we regularly provided support training for achieving that standard. The institute had a robust professional development program that successfully aided instructors in continuously improving their craft.
King Abdulaziz University, English Language Institute, Elearning Coordinator ( www.kau.edu.sa ) - In this position, I trained faculty and staff to use the LMS, Blackboard, and, once the university moved online in response to COVID19, I trained faculty on techniques for teaching online. The entire university enrolls over 200,000 students. The ELI enrolls around 14,000. I also created tutorials which were available on demand. See some of my presentations…
King Abdulaziz University, English Language Institute, Professional Development Committee - I created and delivered workshops, webinars and video tutorials to help faculty and trainees. Some trainings were delivered face to face and some were online. I also, upon my own initiative, created a website called www.flipedu.org which became a collaborative space (edited and monitored). It’s organized by level and unit so an instructor can go directly to the week’s curriculum and find activities, games, worksheets and review quizzes (made with Socrative or Kahoot!). I also was tapped to interview and hire instructors on a Dubai recruiting mission.
English Language Instructor - Australian College of Kuwait (2 years) - I designed a business English program for undergrads who were business majors and also taught some of the courses. I taught an ESP course for Aramco security guards, and ESP courses for engineering English at ACK (www.ack.edu.kw/en/).
Presenter - TESOL Arabia & TESOL Kuwait - I’ve presented multiple workshops at TESOL Kuwait conventions and have also presented at the regional TESOL Arabia convention.
Director of Sustainable Technology Institute (STI), a 501C3 Not-for-profit - this community oriented non-profit engaged in outreach and education programs which I designed delivered.
Peace Corps, Niger, West Africa - English Language Instructor - I taught English language both at a middle school and a high school where there were four students crammed in at a desk designed for two with only 1 book among them in a class of 35 - 40. The only supplies I had were a chalkboard and chalk. So I created all of my own materials, activities and assessments. My classes were popular with the students and performance reviews were excellent. Learn more about my experience in Africa in my presentation "Ethics in Teaching, Interesting Experiences in Niger."
Asian Pacific Development Center - Instructor ( www.apdc.org ), At this non-profit providing mental health and other services for Asian immigrants, I taught English language to two groups, one an advanced level group of teenage Vietnamese immigrants (easy), the other, a group of mentally ill Asian immigrants ranging in age from 20 to 60 years, with varied diagnoses (many with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder) and varied levels from low beginning to upper intermediate(!) Although clearly challenging, I enjoyed the group and used TPR (Total Physical Response) as an important teaching strategy.