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 was a year of growth for me. I launched Coleman’s Classroom, published my first book in the GramEd series – Editing Academic Texts Advanced Verb Form, learned how to create a web site in Word Press, took a class on grant writing, gave a poetry reading at UCI, hosted the first Friendsgiving Picnic for IVC, started the weekly Under the Tree activity, blogged all year long, taught three writing classes and in two writing labs, maintained my Facebook page, and started to post on Instagram at ccundertree. Whew! I was one busy woman last year!
I have big goals for 2018. I have slowly started vlogging this year on my own Youtube channel CC Undertree . I’ll be maintaining my instgram page ccundertree, creating an online class to accompany my Verb Form, finishing book two in the GramEd series – Editing Academic Texts Advanced Verb Tense by the end of the year and I have even more plans I’m not yet ready to reveal. It’s going to be an exciting year for me!
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 in spring semester on Thursdays from 1 – 2:30 where I and anyone who stops by can just chat about whatever we feel like at the time.