Has been in the field of second language training for more than 30 years. He has taught German, English language, and linguistics courses at several universities and colleges including the University of California at Davis, Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., Montgomery College in Maryland, Rockford College in Illinois, BYU, and UVU. Brian has also been involved in ELL program management in several parts of the US and overseas. He has presented numerous workshops and papers at many conferences. Although born in Salt Lake City, he has lived and worked in many states and has traveled to many countries. Brian is married to his beautiful wife, Shiona, and has three children and eight grandchildren. He loves skiing, hiking, fishing, and being with his family.Office: LA 234f
Has a PhD in Adult and Postsecondary Education for the University of Wyoming, an M.A. from BYU in TESL with a focus on teaching and program administration, and a B.A. from the University of Utah. He has taught ESL for twenty-nine years at universities in the United States. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, attending plays and other cultural events, and being involved in community and civic activities.
Has taught English as a Second Language in university settings since 1996. He has taught in Mexico, Egypt, China, Arizona, New York, and Utah. He is nearing completion of a Ph.D. at the University of Utah. Kevin is an avid fly fisherman and spends summers fishing and running rivers. His hobbies include reading, tying flies, listening to music, and watching movies.
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Coordinates the English Conversation Club. She received a BA in German Literature and International Relations, and an MA in TESOL from BYU. She has taught at UVU for more than 10 years. She has also taught ESL at BYU, at the U of U, SLCC and other schools. She has also worked as a teacher/trainer in China.
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Grant has taught in or administered language programs for more than a decade and holds an MA in TESOL from BYU and a PhD from the University of California, Davis with emphases in second language acquisition, rhetoric, composition, and writing center studies. His academic interests lie in bridging the fields of composition and applied linguistics in order to help L2 writers succeed in mainstream learning contexts. He is the managing editor of the Journal of Response to Writing and spends his free time in scholarly pursuits, as well as cycling, cooking, traveling, and spending time with his wife and three kids.
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Originally from Sugar City, Idaho. He graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho with an AA and then went to BYU where he studied Spanish and TESL. He has an MA in Spanish Linguistics and a TESL Certificate. He has taught at a number of schools and has taught ESL for about 18 years. He has traveled in Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru.
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Is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from BYU with an emphasis in TESOL and Deaf Communications. She also has a Graduate TESOL Certificate from BYU. She started teaching ESL in 2000 and has taught at UVU, BYU, Nomen Global, and the MTC over the past several years. Brooke is also an American Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, playing sports, photography, music, playing the guitar, traveling, and cooking.
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Has developed university level ESL methods classes for teachers at UVU and BYU. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2000 with a specialty in Early Adolescent/Middle Childhood - English as a New Language. Richard has a doctorate in elementary education/reading emphasis from BYU and is currently employed full time in the Salt Lake City School District as a reading specialist.
Has an MA in Language Acquisition/TESOL Certificate and a BA in Russian and French from Brigham Young University. She has taught ESL, Russian and French in Untied States and abroad. Veronica enjoys learning and teaching foreign languages, traveling, photography, playing piano, jogging and rock-climbing.
Earned his Masters Degree in Teaching ESL at Brigham Young University, and also has a BA in Spanish from BYU. He has taught ESL for 13 years, including 7½ years in Hawaii and 2½ years in Samoa. He has also worked for 10 years as a writer and designer of computer language courses. He loves to hike and do photography in nation al parks and other scenic areas.
Graduated from BYU with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Italian. Received her TESOL Certificate from BYU in 2003. Taught English as a Second Language at BYU, Russian University of Modern Education, and private school in Moscow. She enjoys teaching English, getting to know people from different cultures, teaching Zumba, reading, and cooking with her friends.
Has a Graduate certificate in TESOL, a Bachelors degree in Linguistics with a minor in TESOL, and a nearly completed Masters degree in TESOL all from BYU (Brigham Young University). She has been the manager of an online tutoring company based in Korea for over three years and has over five years of teaching and tutoring expe rience in the U.S., online to Korea and Hong Kong, and abroad in Japan. She enjoys learning languages and has studied Spanish, Russian, ASL, and French. She is always excited to learn new things and enjoys cooking, reading, doing things outside and spending time with family and friends.
Is from Maryland, near Washington D.C. She studied abroad in London, England. After she graduated from university she moved to Paris, France. While living in Paris for several years she studied languages and received a Diploma in French. She is a Certified ESL Teacher. Her career began in Maryland where she taught French and English as a Second Language in the local colleges. She chose this career because she is passionate about connecting with people from different cultures, and because with this job she can work anywhere in the world. For her personal interests she loves traveling to foreign countries to visit her friends. She has taken so many trips that she has used up all the pages in her passport. She is delighted to be teaching at UVU to help people, and to make new friends from around the globe.
Coordinates the Community Education courses for resident ESL students at the main UVU campus in Orem. He received his Masters Degree in TESL from Brigham Young University and has taught ESL, French, and German for over 30 years in England, France, Germany, and the United States. He has also worked for a software company that developed ESL multimedia programs that are used throughout the world. He enjoys cycling, skiing, playing racquetball, and traveling to foreign countries.
Has a MA in Education and TESL and Utah teaching license with TESL and Russian endorsements. She has taught English and Russian in public and private schools in Ukraine and Utah. She also worked as a writer, translator, language consultant and voice talent for various private businesses. Her interests include literature, current politics, sports, and anything related to healthy lifestyle. She loves to learn new things and hopes to learn from and with her students every day.
Has been teachin g EFL and ESL for 25 years. She came from Russia with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language Instruction and a Master of Arts in English. She loves learning and teaching. In her free time, she prefers traveling and hiking, as well as spending time with her green-winged macaw King.
It was only yesterday when I stood frozen, terrified that I would become stuck between each pair of suspended white marble steps and fall into a mangled heap on the floor below at BYU. Only with the tugs of my mother’s hands did I ascend and follow her to the class she was teaching. The whole effect ironically linked teaching to adventure and my future as a teacher. I started teaching flute, and elementary topics in Utah before moving to the Washington D.C and then to South Korea for four years of teaching. Now I am in my ninth year if teaching English to second language speakers. Compared to my travels through seven other countries and living to coast here, teaching is ever just as challenging. My rewards come by learning about life from my students.
Has lived in and/or traveled to 10 countries and counting, has taught English for eight years in Taiwan, Ecuador, Switzerland, and the US, and has worked with students from over 30 countries. She received her Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University and CELTA from International House Barcelona in Spain, and has also coordinated tutoring programs, trained ESL teachers, and worked on program development. She is fluent in Spanish, and has also studied French, Italian, and Chinese and hopes to become fluent in all of them. Since changing careers several years ago--from working professionally as a tailor to becoming a language teacher--she has never looked back. The best (and most valued) compliment ever given her by a student: Kiri is "a true educator." She loves writing and listening to music, dancing, reading, writing, singing, designing and sewing, photography, music therapy, taking long walks, getting lost in unfamiliar cities, snorkeling and beaches, yoga, cooking and hosting dinner parties, being around really kind and intelligent and creative people, cafes, Sufi poets, rainbows, dirt, humanitarianism, woodworking and power tools, and, in addition to continually working to be a really good teacher, she still dreams of being a rock star, a mom, a famous author, and CEO of her own company. Kiri is from Utah and is very happy to be teaching at UVU.
is originally from Washington state, but now resides in Provo, Utah with her husband and daughter. She received a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from BYU, with focuses in Spanish, Chinese, and TESOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She has been teaching ESL for 6 years, including in places like Cambodia, Taiwan, and the Missionary Training Center in Provo. She loves working with people of different cultural backgrounds and has lived in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Her hobbies include Latin dancing, yoga, trying new foods, and traveling.
Childhood was spent in New Mexico, and later in Kaysville, Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she graduated, prepared to teach English as a first language. After spending a year and a half in Colombia, South America, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she started teaching English as a Second Language to adults who needed it t in order to find employment. She realized that she loved ESL so much that she wanted to get a degree in it. She returned to Brigham Young University and received her master’s degree in TESL. During her graduate studies she did internships, helping to create and publish textbooks for the English Language Center. She continued this project full time for years after graduating. Later she worked for BYU Independent Study, teaching the professors how to write good courses. She has happily returned to teaching ESL and is excited to work with UVU students
Received her bachelors degree in Spanish Teaching and ESL. Also, she received my Masters in Second Language teaching from Utah State University. She has taught at Utah State, and in many community education programs. Kara also worked as a college supervisor at Baldwin supervising and advising students completing their ESL and Spanish Teaching degrees. She am originally from Utah, but have spent time living around the world and United States. Kara loves teaching and seeing my students progress in their language studies.
First began Teaching English as a Second Language in 1993 on the island of Palawan in the South China Sea. Since that time, Brian has taught at Boise State University, Penn State University, The University of New Mexico, and volunteer work at the Plaza Comuniteria in Idaho. He is currently teaching at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. Brian has a Master’s Degree from Penn State in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). He has two Bachelor degrees in English from Boise State University- Writing & Literature. Brian also spent time at the University of New Mexico working on a PhD in Educational Linguistics. Brian’s 2nd language is Tagalog (Filipino). He has taken courses in Spanish, Classical Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Japanese. He really enjoys teaching, travel, other cultures & languages, the outdoors, racquetball, and especially his family.
Has a BA in Art and she has a MA in English from California State East Bay. She recently (2010) received an MFA in Studio Art from BYU. She has taught English in France and Japan, and at many colleges in California. She has four children and she enjoys painting and traveling.
Was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She received a BA in Linguistics and TESOL from BYU in April of 2013 and plans to further her education in the future. She has been privileged to teach with a couple of different language programs, including the ELC, EIP Korea, and now with UVU. She is also currently the co-director of a community English program in Orem. She considers herself fortunate to be able to say that she loves what she does, and truly means it! Getting to know and building relationships with the students is what she enjoys most. She enjoys ballroom dancing, cooking and baking, reading, and anything outdoorsy.
Has been teaching ESL for more than 13 years in places such as Utah, Atlanta, GA and Istanbul, Turkey. She loves languages and culture, but her favorite part of teaching is the students.
Was born and raised in Utah. She completed her BA in Linguistics and TESOL at Brigham Young University, and she is currently studying in BYU's TESOL MA program. Lydia anticipates graduating in the spring of 2012. She is filled with happiness knowing I am able to share with them a skill that can ultimately improve the quality of life they lead.
Grew up in northern California. She received a B.S. and also an M.Ed. from BYU. She has been an educator for 26 years. In addition to teaching elementary school for many years, she has taught Management Communications (business writing and speaking) at BYU and has taught composition, business writing, public speaking, and ethics at Eagle Gate/Provo College. Shauna lived in Ecuador for a year and a half. She enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and spending time with people.
Love of language has propelled her through an undergraduate (BYU), Masters (ASU), and just recently, PhD program at Arizona State University where she graduated in Linguistics. Rasing seven children with her husband, Wayne, has also taken a large share of her time. She taught composition at BYU and ASU before earning her doctorate, and linguistics at BYU, and ESL and composition classes at UVU since. Collectively, her family has been all over the world, and Nancy has a great interest in cultures and the people that are part of them. She also enjoys being outdoors, sewing, and piano and choir. Teaching has been her dream and she is so happy to be able to teach at Utah Valley University!
After completing his educational career, Johnny discovered his passion for new immigrant students and represented the ELS Corporation as a worldwide student recruiter. While in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Public Schools offered him the challenge of creating the first newcomer program for immigrant students and their parents in the district and the state. Johnny has been active in the field of ESL for over 20 years. Prior to moving back to Utah, he was the Director of Language & Cultural Services for the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Johnny lives in Orem, Utah with his wife and 6 children. He loves to read non-fiction books. He enjoys meeting people from around the world and learning their cultures and languages.