While working on my undergraduate degree in English Literature, I decided to get a TESOL certificate on the advice of a friend who had taught overseas. I began teaching English in a community high school at this time, and though I made more than my fair share of mistakes, I realized that I enjoyed teaching. After getting my certificate, I went to Suwon, Korea for a year and taught in a private institution. It was there that I knew this was the profession I wanted to pursue. I returned to my hometown (Salt Lake City, Utah) and earned a Master's Degree in TESOL while teaching ESL night classes in a community college. The students were adult immigrants from all around the world and they were simply fantastic.
Once again, Korea was my destination upon graduation and I was hired as a visiting professor in Sogang University in Seoul Korea, where I have been teaching for the last 6 years. I began working on supplementary materials that were published by our university press and this played a part in bringing me to Macmillan. Currently, writing books for Macmillan has been a convenient excuse for me to delay completing my PhD dissertation in language acquisition at Lancaster University.