International Education - Intensive English Program Instructors

Vicki Callagan

Vicki Callagan

Intensive English Program (IEP)
vcallaga@pierce.ctc.edu

Hello!

I’m Vicki Callagan and I love teaching in the Intensive English Program! Even though I have been teaching here for many years, I never stop learning about new teaching methods. Every quarter I work at improving my lessons. Because I want learning to be exciting, fun and “real world,” I often use technology and media in my classes. I especially like to create student lessons which involve computers, the Internet, Power Point presentations and film. I teach all levels of the IEP and all classes: Writing, Reading, Grammar and Listening/Speaking.

My international experience includes over eight years of teaching and living abroad:  seven years in Germany, one year in Italy, and summer teaching positions in Mexico and Japan. I hold an M.A. in Multicultural Education and TESOL, and a B.S. in Secondary English Education. In recent years, I have also studied web site design, video and digital film production, and Advanced Placement Writing techniques.

In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, skiing, hiking, working out, and watching foreign films. Visit my IEP class website at: www.pierce.ctc.edu/staff/vcallagan

Bob Koch

Bob Koch

Intensive English Program (IEP)
rkoch@pierce.ctc.edu

Bob has been teaching English as a Second Language since 1976 and has been in the Pierce College Intensive English Program since 1996. He holds an MA in TESOL and a BA in Fine Arts, along with a Washington State K-12 teaching certificate for Art and Japanese. He spent several years living and teaching in Japan and loves working with international students here in the U.S. He believes that the perfect learning environment is one that is secure, friendly, and allows for students to acquire naturally new language skills from the energy of the people around them, as well as from their own strengths and weaknesses. Bob enjoys travel, world music, foreign films, and the study of other languages and cultures.

Margot Rose

Margot Rose

Intensive English Program (IEP)
mschwan@pierce.ctc.edu

My name is Margot Rose and I teach in the IEP program here at Pierce College. I have taught in a variety of ESL programs over the past 15 years in college and community settings in Washington and Maryland. At last count, I have taught English to students from over 65 countries. My master’s degree in TESOL is from Shenandoah University in Virginia. My research interests include the history of the English language and the role of motivation in second language learning.

I live with my 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, and my 18-year-old son, Jesse. When I have free time, I enjoy exercising, gardening, walking my dog, watching international movies with my kids, cooking, and reading. I have to admit that I also do a lot of ESL related independent research and language learning during my free time as well. Some people say I work too hard, but I am thankful that I love my work.

My international experiences include living my early childhood years in France and studying in France for one year as a young adult. I still return regularly to visit my father and practice my French.  However, most of my international experiences have evolved right here in the United States. For example, my extensive volunteer and professional experiences as a Southeast Asian refugee family advocate, ESL family literacy instructor, and  immigrant youth worker in the late 1980s and early 1990s helped me to develop cross-cultural skills, commitment to diversity and justice, as well as  greater international awareness.  My broadening global perspective during those years also led to my decision to shift my language learning efforts from French to Khmer and to exchange my dreams of becoming a comparative European literature professor for a slow to evolve career as an ESL teacher.  

Finally, I love teaching beginning to advanced level English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to international students from many different countries and cultures. I cannot imagine a more rewarding profession and feel very fortunate to be teaching in the IEP program here at Pierce!

Kristen Blegen

Kristen Blegen

Intensive English Program (IEP)
kblegen@pierce.ctc.edu

Kristen Blegen holds a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Masters in ELL Education from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.  She taught ESL in Salamanca, Spain for two years and has been teaching at Pierce College for over five years in the ESL and International Education departments.  Other travels include Ecuador, Bangladesh, Portugal, France, Italy, Czech Republic, England, Wales, Ireland and Norway.  Her hobbies include studying voice, theatre, and reading.

Leona Ansley

Leona Ansley

Intensive English Program (IEP)
lansley@pierce.ctc.edu

Leona's formal education has taken place in various educational institutions and countries. She completed a Bachelor of Political Science at the University of Washington Seattle. While living in Europe, she attended language courses at the Sorbonne in Paris and Cologne University in Germany. She later moved to Miami, Florida where she earned a Masters of International Relations/Education and certification in TESOL at Florida International University. Finally, she received a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Washington Tacoma.

Leona has always enjoyed discovering other cultures and has cultivated this passion by residing and travelling abroad. She spent eight years living predominantly in France, Germany, Lebanon, and Greece and travelling throughout Western and Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. While based in Miami, she toured the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Now as a Washington resident, Leona continues to go abroad every year and in 2012 visited Poland and Germany. Her passion for experiencing other cultures is also enhanced by her work as a professor in the Intensive English Program at Pierce College.

Leona attaches great importance to her hobbies and interests and especially treasures the visual arts world -- photography, architecture, urban design, interior design, film, painting, and fashion in particular.

General Inquiries

international@pierce.ctc.edu
Voice: 253-964-6229
Fax: 253-964-6256

Pierce College International Programs
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
USA

Submission of Applications

internationalapp@
pierce.ctc.edu

Fax: 253-964-6256

Pierce College International Programs
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
USA

Study-Abroad Opportunities

For American students

Shannon Scott
Program Specialist/International Education Admissions
253-964-6656

Mary Meulblok
Manager, International Student Services
253-964-6725

Housing and Homestay

homestay@pierce.ctc.edu