Kate Pierson

Kate PiersonKate has a B.A. in Spanish from Oregon State University, a Cambridge ESOL CELTA, and is working on her M.A. in TESL at Concordia University.

She joined PELA in 2014.

Why did you become a teacher? "I love teaching because I can get to know people from all over the world, and help them learn a skill that is useful for their lives."

What experience do you have learning a foreign language or living in a foreign culture? "I speak two foreign languages: Spanish and Ukrainian. I’ve lived and taught English in Chile, Ukraine, and Colombia."

How has your international experience helped your teaching? "Teaching in these countries has helped me understand how learning happens in other countries, and how to be understanding of other cultures."

What do you do when you are away from school? "When I’m not teaching, I love to spend time with my family, my husband, and our dog. I love to eating, cooking, going for long walks, reading, and telling jokes."

Why do you like Portland? "I was born in Portland and I love its natural beauty, how clean the city is, and how friendly Portlanders are."

Why do you recommend our school to students? "I recommend PELA to anyone who wants to have an immersion experience with dedicated teachers while also having fun and making friends from lots of other countries."

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