I am retired from a high-tech career and am now wanting to develop my skills as a teacher, by teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language. I have a TEFL Certificate, and experience at The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During my career, I served as a Technical Trainer and, as a Graduate Student, I taught two years of Freshman Philosophy. I am well-traveled and am accustomed to speaking slowly and clearly, when interacting with non-native speakers. I am patient and deeply invested in my students' success. I think it is important to discover, by means of a need assessment, what each student wants to accomplish, and do my best to teach to those goals.