Intensive ESL

Faculty Spotlight

Carrie SimpsonCarrie Simpson

Started teaching at Edmonds CC: Fall 2013

Hometown: Princeton, NJ

Education: BA, Creative Writing

M.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction

Languages: Turkish

Professional Interests: Creative writing, curriculum development

Outside Interests: Hiking, tango, creative writing, photography


Ruth Voetmann

Started teaching at Edmonds CC: 1991-2001, then 2012 to present

Hometown: Seattle

Education: BA International Affairs (University of Washington) TESL Certificate (Edmonds Community College) (Yep, I'm a Triton!) M. Ed. Curriculum Development (University of Washington)

Taught ESL: Japan and China (briefly)

Languages: Some very rusty Japanese, a tiny bit of Spanish, and currently learning beginning Italian

Professional Interests: Making pronunciation accessible to both students and teachers; utilizing technology in the classroom, especially cell phones; all things textbook related.

Outside Interests: Foraging, hiking, biking, SCUBA diving, traveling, and cooking just about anything.

What People May Not Know about Me: My husband and I love to forage for wild mushrooms in the Spring and Fall. The Pacific Northwest has some of the most delicious wild mushrooms in the world!

Best Part of Teaching at Edmonds CC: Without a doubt, my students and my colleagues. Every quarter, they both teach me how to be a better instructor and human being.


Simone FrazierSimone Frazier

Started teaching at Edmonds CC: January 2008

Hometown: Seattle

Education: BA Intercultural Studies, TESL certification (Trinity Western University)
M. A. American Language and Literature (University of Bonn)

Taught ESL: Canada, Switzerland, Germany and the U.S. My youngest student was 5 years old!

Languages: German, French and some Spanish

Professional interests: Writing and Cultural Studies

Outside interests: Traveling, reading, skiing, dancing, watching movies with my friends, and discovering new art and music

What people may not know about me: I was a vegetarian for 10 years. Then I lived in Germany…

Best part of teaching at Edmonds CC:  How supportive and encouraging everyone is!


Linda Takushi Carlson

Linda Takushi Carlson

Started teaching at Edmonds CC: Fall 2006

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Education: BA Political Science (University of Washington)
M. A. Teaching ESL (Seattle Pacific University)

Taught ESL: In Japan, and at Seattle Pacific University (ACE), and North Seattle Community College

Languages: A tiny bit of Japanese and a tiny bit of German

Professional interests: I love to teach writing because I love to write! I also love to teach grammar (maybe because I love to talk a lot?)

Outside interests: Reading (almost anything except poetry); watching movies; swimming (my only stroke is the crawl); watching youth sports (soccer and basketball); playing with my cat and dog; hanging out with my family; volunteering at the Literacy Source in Fremont.

What people may not know about me:

  • Although I’m very short, I played basketball in high school and love to watch NBA and PAC-10 games. I love the month of March! I think in another life I shall be 5’10” and play shooting guard for Stanford. But don’t hate me; I’ll probably struggle in my math classes.
  • My middle name (my maiden name) is Okinawan.
  • I was married to a logger for 10 years and learned to run a hydraulic log loader to load logs onto trucks. (But I never learned to use a power saw correctly.)

Best part of teaching at Edmonds CC: My fabulous colleagues and students, and the candy from Chris!


Kelly Roberts WeibelKelly Roberts Weibel

Started teaching at Edmonds CC: 1988

Hometown: Kalispell, Mont.

Education: BA in Radio-TV, German and Spanish (University of Montana)
M. A. in Teaching ESL (University of Washington)

Taught ESL: Austria, Yugoslavia, and in the U.S. at Shoreline Community College and the University of Washington.

Languages: Fluent German, good Spanish, a little Serbo-Croatian

Professional interests:

  • I love teaching grammar—it’s FUN!
  • I’m interested in learning more uses for technology in teaching.
  • I really enjoy getting to know students through their writing.

Outside interests: Gardening, especially growing flowers; reading; watching movies; cooking, especially trying new recipes; camping; spending time with my family and friends.

What people may not know about me:

  • I rode in the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride (185 miles in 2 days!) when I was 30.
  • I love to sing!

Best part of teaching at Edmonds CC: Inquisitive students who come from many countries and wonderful colleagues in the International Division.


Jan Peterson

Jan Peterson

Started teaching at Edmonds CC: 1986

Hometown: Omaha, Neb.

Education: BA in Swedish and Psychology (North Park College, Chicago)
M. A. in Teaching ESL (University of Arizona)

Taught ESL: Sweden, Kenya, Yugoslavia, and in the U.S. at the University of Arizona, Arkansas State University, City University and the University of Washington

Languages: Swedish and a bit of Swahili, Serbian, and Spanish

Professional interests:

  • I especially love teaching grammar. (Am I strange?)
  • Writing ESL materials (published “Better Writing Through Editing” with friend and former colleague Stacy Hagen)

Outside interests: Reading, swimming, seeing plays at local Seattle theaters, classical music, hiking in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter at a family cabin in northern Idaho, spending time with my husband, two kids, and friends.

What people may not know about me:

  • I used to help with my dad’s construction company—working on the jobs, driving huge dump trucks, pouring concrete, etc.
  • I have 100% Swedish background. (All of my grandparents or great-great grandparents came to the US from Sweden.

Best part of teaching at Edmonds CC: Learning from international students and working with great colleagues!