To teach effectively, you have to think about grammar and vocabulary as a set of tools to be employed, not a list of rules to be memorized.
As a teacher
I am a teacher and materials writer from Connecticut. I fell in love with teaching English in the Peace Corps in Vanuatu, an island chain in the South Pacific which was the basis for Bali Ha’i in South Pacific. I had the most amazing class of Francophone Melanesian students who were working to complete their high school degrees. They inspired me and led me to love teaching.
Since then I’ve worked around the world and taught a diverse range of students from Russian oil executives who needed to improve their English for business, to Kazakh scholarship recipients off to study in American universities, to Afghani high school students on the FLEX exchange program and middle-school children taking an extra-curricular speaking class.
As a writer
I began selling lesson plans and activities on my blog in 2007. There appeared to be an actual and growing demand for my work. So I began seeking out some small professional gigs, mostly helping fellow teachers develop lessons for their classes. My school began using me for more and more lesson plan development and editing. After winning a few lesson plan contests, I came to the attention of the Nick Robinson Agency and was very successful there. I continue to work with Nick and ELTJam, as well as independently.
I publish my own books and lesson plans, write for publishers, copy-edit, and design activities and lesson plans for language schools, including online lessons as well as face to face classes. Clients for writing and editing have included Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Pearson, Compass Publishing, 2LTI Testing and New Horizons Language Schools.
Since 2014, I have been part of the leadership team of the Materials Writing Interest Section of the TESOL Association, the international association for English language professionals.
If you are interested in hiring me, please contact me.
Lesson Plans: I sell lesson plans and activities on Teachers Pay Teachers. All of them is classroom-tested and particularly liked by my students. I pride myself on my comprehensive Teacher”s Notes on how to use each resource. I always try to supplement my activities with warm-up activities and extension ideas, as well as variations for different classroom set-ups or level of student. Each one is ready to go, right out of the box.
My Blog: I also keep an occasionally updated blog where I share interesting resources from software to PD activities. I post about general activity types or approaches that work for me. And I do put up the occasional article on issues important to English teachers or materials writers. Some of my pet subjects include using technology in the classroom, the genre-approach to writing, and the death of the 5 paragraph essay.