Who’s Anne?

ESL Teacher
Working as a Virtual Educator for the US Department of State’s English Language Programs with pre-service teachers at a University in Sonora, Mexico.

I’m Anne and I can help you sound more natural and accurate when you speak English. I guide you to increase your speed, confidence, and use of rich vocabulary when you express yourself.  Also, I specialize in academic writing and can help you with sentence structure and word choice.

  • Go from below 20 to above 24 in TOEFL speaking and writing in a fast and fun way, using innovative methods, self-study courses, and Whatsapp voice chat.

  • I specialize in making learning memorable and enjoyable using a combination of coaching strategies and research-based pronunciation techniques.

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My Story

I was born in a small town in the United States in Iowa. From a young age, I desired to explore and travel the world.  Additionally, art, music, and dance were an important part of my childhood and inspired me to learn about other cultures and languages.  Living and working in countries like Brazil, Costa Rica, and Spain, I’ve struggled to communicate effectively in Galician, Spanish and Portuguese. 

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I was the first woman to get a PhD in my family. This is my advisor, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings who mentored me in multicultural education.

My own fluency journey and challenges speaking these languages pushed me to feel empathy for others on the same journey and it sparked my desire to help them reach their fluency goals. I’ve failed many interviews and I’ve been criticized for my strong accent.  All of these failures motivated me to focus on improving my speaking skills in my target languages. For me, language learning is a journey, not a destination so I constantly am learning new ways to improve my fluency and sharing these strategies with my students. 

I love helping students pass the TOEFL language exam because it helps them achieve their deepest goals in life.

Over the years, I’ve had to pass a multitude of exams for my career, and the process of preparing for these exams in Portuguese, Galician, and Spanish helped me see exam preparation as a bridge to help people achieve their greatest desires. My greatest dream was to live abroad and “fit in” in the country both professionally and linguistically. What’s your long-term fluency goal? After much coaching and collaboration, for many of my students, fluency is no longer a dream, it’s a reality. 

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I believe in professional development for growth in the field of assessment and exam preparation.
I have benefited from these ETS Global workshops that have helped me work with students more effectively and provide them with support.
I firmly believe the skills students develop with me to help them in their future university courses.