Jen Sacklin 2Jen has a B.A. in Spanish from Linfield College and an M.A. in TESOL from Portland State University.

She joined PELA in 2014.

Why did you become a teacher? "I like helping people achieve their goals, and I like that I'll always have a challenge in my job--there will never come a day when I can say "I'm now a perfect teacher." I can always try harder and get better at what I love doing."

What experience do you have learning a foreign language or living in a foreign culture? "I lived in Ecuador and Spain each for one academic year, and I lived in Germany for one month. I have studied Spanish since I was about 10 years old and I still want to keep learning. I studied German for a few years in college; when I have more time in my life, I'd love to spend more time learning German. I also studied French, Mallorquin, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Latin for a few months each."

How has your international experience helped your teaching? "I know what it's like to struggle with living in a strange place and feel like your brain is exploding from so much new information!"

What do you do when you are away from school? "I read as many books as I can, climb as many mountains as I can, and travel as much as I can."

Why do you like Portland? "I'm not a city person, but if I have to live in a city, Portland is pretty sweet. I love being able to bike to work every day and I LOOOOVE all of the different food options. I also like that Portland is a place where progressive political conversations can be had."

Why do you recommend our school to students? "It's small and friendly! You will get to know your teachers really well, you will make good friends with other students, your English will really get better, and you'll get to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the United States."

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