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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.

Sarah Spitzer, MATESOL, 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.