If I had to choose one word as my identity, it would be teacher. I love learning, and I have been fortunate to earn a M. A. in Linguistics, Certificate in TESL, Certificate in Reading, and B. A. in English. I am planning to start a Technical Writing Certificate at UC Berkley in the future. I love teaching, and since 1999, I have had the opportunity to tutor and teach both English and ESL in a variety of situations including business English, private ESL schools, California State University, University of California Irvine and multiple Community Colleges. Moreover, I have also tutored English writing improvement in one to one situations both in the academic community and for my own private students. I’m currently teaching at Irvine College Community College in the ESL and English departments. Before I became an educator, I lived in Mexico for two years; that experience helped me to become a better educator for non-native English speakers. Now, I am firmly planted in the Southern California soil and I plan to continue teaching here for many years; nonetheless, I also have dreams of helping students in the global online community develop their English skills through videos, lectures, and books. Recently, I’ve decided to try a new kind of personalized teaching: vlogging. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Yet, if I got to choose another word to represent myself, it would be fortunate. I’ve been married for 20+ years to Mr. Incredible, a Californian native, who supports me in all I do. ..I have a wonderful tribe of family and friends who let me bounce ideas off them, help with me my projects, tell me when I’m overdoing it, and make me laugh a lot… I get to live in a wonderful country and within that one of the loveliest states… I have a wonderful career doing what I love… I have the wherewithal to pursue my passions and help others… I think I simply must be one of the luckiest women in the world.
2017 and 2018 have been amazing years of growth for me. I launched published my first book in the GramEd series – Editing Academic Texts Advanced Verb Form, learned how to create a website in Word Press, took a class on grant writing, gave a poetry reading at UCI, hosted two school picnics, met with students every week Under the Tree, blogged all 2017, taught writing classes and in writing labs, maintained my Facebook page, started to post on Instagram at ccundertree and started my YouTube channel. Whew! Have I been busy or what?
As I wrap up 2018, I pleased with what I have accomplished yet still have so much to do in the coming year. I plan to continue my video adventure on YouTube channel CC Undertree , getting better each time while I keep teaching and writing. I have three books working now as well as many videos in various stages of production. There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day!
One of my greatest pleasure is spending time with people and enjoying the connection that comes from conversation. I will be continuing Under the Tree inthe fall semester on Thursdays from 3-4 pm where I and anyone who stops by can just chat about whatever we feel like at the time.
Welcome Everyone to Coleman’s Classroom! I hope you enjoy your stay here.