Chris holds Bachelor degrees in English Literature and International Politics, and a TEFL certificate.
He has taught many subjects, primarily English Composition, since 1993, and has been teaching TOEFL, TOEIC, and IELTS since 2006. He is also the Housing Coordinator at our school.
He has been at PELA since 2007.
Why did you become a teacher? "Over the years I have had many great teachers that inspired me to learn, and I hope to do the same for others. Since I was a child, I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge and skills with people. I love to see the moment when a student suddenly understands a difficult concept!"
What experience do you have learning a foreign language or living in a foreign culture? "As an adult, I lived for 3 years in rural Japan, and studied Japanese at that time. I also studied Spanish throughout high school and college."
How has your international experience helped your teaching? "It has given me a better understanding of what it is like to be a stranger in a strange land. I have also learned to look at what I do or say from the perspective of someone from a different culture."
What do you do when you are away from school? "I enjoy writing, dancing, singing, and am learning to play the guitar. I also enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking and swimming. Oh, and wine-tasting trips are great!"
Why do you like Portland? "I have traveled to many cities in the United States, but Portland has one of the best mixes of 'big city activities' (live music, art, sightseeing) and 'small town activities' (the outdoors, quiet neighborhoods). Portland is also one of the friendliest cities I've ever been to."
Why do you recommend our school to students? "I like that students get to learn from many different teachers each week, and that there are many opportunities to do various activities in and around Portland. I also think it's great that even students who come from the same country will speak English with each other while they are here at school!"