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Robert Lee Leach

I am Robert from America. And I would very much like to be your English teacher.

I love teaching English and care very much about the success of my students. I know how important it is for them to speak English well.

It is my sincere hope that my teaching can help people, young and older, have a better life.

I have been teaching English as a second language for many years. For two years in Vietnam I taught children as young as three, students in public school, grades 1 thru 9 and taught a class of hospital doctors. Here in America most of my teaching has been to foreign students and their families at The Pennsylvania State University.

My strengths in teaching are pronunciation, everyday conversation English, business English and American culture and life.

I have spoken English all my life as my only language - and I speak it very well, with no distinguishable accent. Many students I have taught, tell me my English is very easy to understand. In addition, I have the ability to understand what foreign speakers are trying to say, as they search for the correct English words.

I have a B. S. in education from The Pennsylvania State University here in the United States and I have a certificate in TESOL - Teaching English as a Second or Other Language.

Learning English can be difficult to learn – I know this from experience. Although I take my teaching serious, I make the learning experience fun. I welcome you to come join me!

Margie Kay Gaffron

I am Margie, but many of my students simply call me Teacher and I am honored.
I began teaching English to non-English speakers in 2014 when I decided to close my restaurant/bakery/catering business and “retire”. I needed something interesting to do. I live in a small university town with many international students. Soon I found myself teaching at a non-profit literacy council. Many of my students have a husband or wife with good English skills studying at the university, but many of them have never studied English themselves. Others study with me while visiting a relative who is in school here. Sometimes my classes include students from six or seven countries, and these are the best – we learn so much from one another.
My classes are Very Beginning, High Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Conversation as well as Writing on all levels including creative writing. Each week my students come to my home to share food and conversation – my Chinese students named this evening Happy Tuesday.
I was honored in 2018 to be named my literacy council’s Teacher of the Year.
I also tutor elementary students in Kindergarten to fourth grade in basic conversation. I work with middle school and high school students to improve their writing skills and with graduate students to fine-tune their professional papers.
My background is in Voice and Diction and Theatre Arts. My pronunciation skills are clear and precise. I speak slowly so my students can “hear”. I listen well and know how to help them improve their pronunciation. I speak German.
I am a published poet and writer.
My approach to teaching is to meet each student on his or her level and learn about that student’s learning goals. And then to develop a plan to meet those goals in the most interesting, least boring way possible. Doing this together should be both productive and fun.
I look forward to working with you.

Jiaming Jiang

Hello, my name is Jiaming Jiang, and I would love to become your English teacher.
I have a passion for sharing what I know with other people. While in college, I would often tutor my friends before exams, especially in biology and education classes, as I was very good in those subjects. It would fill me with joy every time I saw my friends also get As on their exams.
I graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education for English/Communication. During my years at university, I spent a year teaching high school students in Altoona, PA, where I taught a few marking periods of English classes and Greek mythology classes.
Being a bilingual individual, I can speak fluent Chinese and English with no distinguishable accent. Going through the process of learning a second language also made me much more aware of the language learning process that people go through as they learn a second language. I am sure this knowledge will be of great help as I take you through the same process.
My strength is teaching speaking, reading, and vocabulary, and I specialize in teaching students between middle school to high school. If you need help reading or understanding anything in your English textbooks, I am sure I will be able to help. I can also teach you basic reading, vocabulary, and pronunciation lessons if you are just beginning to learn English. If you wish to have a bit more fun while learning, I can also talk to you about American culture or about living in the U.S.
I believe that self-motivation is essential to learning, so I do my best to make my classes fun and engaging while being meaningful and beneficial. Do not be afraid to join my class as we learn together.

Renee Stanton

Hello families! My name is Renee and I am very excited to be an English teacher. I teach in a public school and have been teaching for over 12 years. I also have experience teaching students English online for 3 years. I hope that you choose me to be your teacher. As a teacher I like to make learning fun and enjoyable. See you in the classroom!

Mary Lewellen

My educational background includes an Bachelor's degree from Georgia State University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. I recently completed a Master's Degree program in Education with a concentration in English As a Second Language at Valdosta State University. This Master's Degree program was entirely online. Attending classes in a virtual setting was a very different experience. I appreciated the flexibility of online learning. It allowed me the time to continue working while earning my degree.
I have worked in the capacity of student and teacher support at the elementary level for about twenty years. To be more specific, I work with small groups of students that are struggling in the content areas of reading and math. This allows the classroom teacher to progress through the lesson while I help those students that are not yet ready continue with new information. Outside of work, I have tutored students at various levels of their education, one to one in their homes. This provides a new perspective, interacting with both the student and family. A few of my private tutoring opportunities have been with students that are non native speakers of English. I have enjoyed the cultural exchange that seems to happen through conversations with these families. As a life long learner, I appreciate any opportunity to experience new things.
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