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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

Erica Anderson, MA Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington

Erica has taught elementary school ESL students using a sheltered instruction model for 12 years. She is National Board Certified and earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Washington.

Neta Cahill, MA in Languages and Literature Education & TESL, University of Washington

Neta has over 25 years of experience in various settings including college level ESL and EFL classes, teacher training in the US and abroad, and materials production with Cambridge University. Her teaching has been focused heavily on second language acquisition and linguistics. She is a tenured professor in the World Languages department, Academic ESL, at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA, where she has also taught Japanese language classes off and on for the past 23 years.

Jane Cater, M.A. in French Linguistics, Literature, and Language Teaching, University of Colorado

Jane Cater completed a language-teaching program at the Sorbonne before settling in Paris for a number of years. In Paris, she taught English to corporation employees and executives. On returning to the US, she taught adult ESL at the Institute for Intercultural Learning, the Intensive English Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University, and summer programs at the University of Washington. She served for several years on the faculty of Seattle Pacific University’s Master’s program in Teaching English as a Second Language. As Fulbright lecturer at the University of Craiova, Romania, she worked with faculty and students in both the English and Informatics departments. She is pleased to be working in City University’s MBA program where her business, teaching, and performing backgrounds can contribute to that purpose.

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.

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.

Sarah Spitzer, MA  TESOL, School for International Training

Sarah Spitzer has an MAT in English as a Second Language from the School for International Training.  She has taught ELLs for the past 11 years in U.S. K-12 public schools, a U.S. private language school, 2 Washington State community colleges, an international school in Asia, and for the Department of Defense schools overseas.  She has National Board Certification in teaching English as a New Language to secondary students.

Richard West, MA Applied Liguistics 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.