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TESOL Faculty

Message from the TESOL Graduate Certificate Program Course Manager

Welcome to the Washington Academy of Languages (WAL) at City University of Seattle and thank you for choosing our TESOL Certificate program! We understand the time and effort it takes to complete this program and we are committed to helping you succeed. As your Course Manager, I have an appreciation for your dedication, having completed a similar program. Our faculty are experienced in teacher training as well as English language instruction and are ready to help you succeed.

Please get to know our instructors by reading their biographies below, and by meeting them in class online or on-campus!

Christine Knorr
Academic Director, Washington Academy of Languages

 Becky Culver, Master of Education

Becky holds a Bachelors Degree in General Studies, and Masters in Education, both from the University of Washington- Tacoma. She holds an endorsement in teaching K-8th grade, and English Language Learners. Currently, Becky has taken this year to explore teaching different aged students, and utilize her ELL endorsement. She is currently a substitute teacher in the University Place and Tacoma School Districts in the south sound area of Tacoma. Prior to this year, she was a full time teacher in University Place, teaching one year of 3rd grade and 5 years of kindergarten. During her teaching, Becky has worked with students from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds; Russian, Ukrainian, Marshallese, Korean, Vietnamese, and students from various Middle Eastern countries. It was during this time that Becky realized she had a passion for learning about cultures other than her own, which motivated her to pursue an ELL endorsement. Through her teaching experiences, Becky has gained valuable skills in educating young learners with diverse ranges of ability, backgrounds, and language skills. She is eager to share her experiences and knowledge with future TESOL educators, as well as continue to learn and contribute to the field of education. In her private life, Becky and her husband live in Tacoma with their cat and their new “son”, an international student from Beijing. She is thoroughly enjoying being a mother, along with learning about the Chinese culture.

Randi Freeman, MA TESOL

Randi has had a life-long love of languages and interest in other cultures. Over the years, she has formally studied English, French, Sign Language, Swedish, Farsi, and Spanish. In 1986, she moved to Sweden to conduct research on ethnic minorities with a two-year scholarship from the Swedish Institute. After completing her study, she stayed for another four years and began her career in teaching English. Upon returning to the United States, she earned her MA TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and her K-12 WA teaching certificate with an ESL endorsement from Central Washington University (CWU). Over the years, Randi has worked in numerous educational settings with students ranging in age from pre-school through senior citizens. Additionally, she has taught TESOL education courses at CWU and City University and has extensive experience in course and materials design. She is currently pursuing her EdD in TESOL online from Anaheim University in California where she is writing her dissertation on teacher evaluation. Besides studying, Randi enjoys spending time with her human and animal family, hiking, swimming, biking, gardening, and traveling.

CityU_Profile_Rachel Friend (2)Rachel Friend, MA Curriculum and Instruction of Linguistically Diverse Adults (TESOL), University of Colorado

Rachel has been working in the field of TESOL for 10 years. She has taught English in China, Angola, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and the United States. Rachel was an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State, serving in Angola and China, where she taught undergraduate and graduate TESOL courses to pre-service teachers and also trained in-service teaching professionals. Rachel earned her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction of Linguistically Diverse Adults (TESOL) at the University of Colorado. In addition to teaching at City U, Rachel teaches academic ESL at Seattle Central College in both the Intensive English Program for international students and in the Basic and Transitional Studies Department for domestic ESL students.

Christine Knorr, MA TESOL & French, School for International Training

Christine has over 25 years of language teaching experience in various settings including US high school, community college level ESL and community English classes for immigrants and refugees. She transitioned to teacher training in 2003, where she facilitated courses for post graduates seeking certification and/or a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In addition to teaching, she has been an administrator of several language schools and departments. Her major focus is on methodology related to error correction and fossilization. Most recently, Christine has been involved in designing and developing online curriculum.

Rebecca Ray, MA Education Equity and Cultural Diversity, University of Colorado

Rebecca has 13 years of experience in the field of bilingual education. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and TESOL certification from Western Washington University. She completed her special education teaching credential (K-12) at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She holds a Master’s degree in Education Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado. She has taught English for a variety of contexts and purposes, including children, adults, business English, and TOEFL classes in Mexico, South Korea, and San Francisco. Rebecca spent the past 7 years teaching bilingual elementary special education at a dual language school in Denver Public Schools.

Gudrun Scheffler, MA in Education, TESOL Diploma

A native of Germany, Gudrun earned her MA in Education from the Free University in Berlin and started her career by teaching immigrants in Germany. Since her move to the United States in 2002 Gudrun has been a teacher and tutor of ESL and German for learners of all ages. In 2005 she received her Connecticut Educator Certificate after taking courses at Southern CT State University. In 2009 she received her CELTA from International House in NYC and she earned her TESOL Diploma in 2013 from Vancouver Community College in Vancouver, BC. Gudrun is very happy to teach ESL, TESOL, and German at City University as well as Workplace-ESL for Literacy Source. In her free time she enjoys movies, books, singing, and exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Richard West, MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Ohio University

Richard West went to Grinnell College to get a Bachelor’s in Cognitive Science with a focus on Linguistics. He taught English in an elementary school in Thailand for a while, then he moved to Ohio to teach in Intensive English programs in Cleveland, Columbus, and Athens focusing on preparing international students to succeed in American universities. He finished his Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in 2015 at Ohio University, where he focused on pronunciation training, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). In addition to a wide range of English language courses, he has also taught English composition and Linguistics at the university level. He moved to the Seattle area in 2017 and has taught multiple courses in the TESOL program at CityU, where he has found diverse, dynamic students ready to engage with the challenges and rewards of teaching language in a diverse, dynamic world.