I’m Betsy

and I’m so excited to help you help your ells and take your teaching to the next level.

I’ve teaching students English for more than 13 years in first abroad as a volunteer and then in public schools working with all ages and levels. I have a Masters from Boston University in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. And after I realized how many ELLs also struggle with reading, I went back and did another Masters in Reading and Language. I have experience teaching with all kinds of different models across the country. I am a Google Level 1 and 2 certified educator and I recently finished my Wilson Reading Level 1 and 2 certifications making me a Dyslexia Therapist! All of this has helped me so much in finally feeling like an effective teacher able to meet the needs of my ELLs.

But it didn’t start out that way!   

When I started as an ESOL teacher at my first school in right out of grad school I didn’t know what I was doing. I spent HOURS planning lessons and over preparing, often only to have things totally flop and realize that despite my best efforts I wasn’t meeting students’ needs.

And that’s exactly what my teaching resources and this site are all about. Get started with my English Language Development Unit 1: Getting to Know You. To start your teaching strong!

I want to help make your teaching easier and more impactful. Let me use my knowledge and experience to help make your teaching life better!