Intensive ESL

Faculty Spotlight

Simone Dunlap

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

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!

Chuck Cox

Started teaching at Edmonds CC: 1986

Hometown: Ballard

Education: B. A. in Education and Sociology (Central Washington University)
M. A. in Curriculum and Instruction (ESL) (City University)

Taught ESL: Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Mexico, also in the U.S. at the UW, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle U (ELS), and Edmonds Community College

Languages: Thai, Lao, Spanish, and some Arabic

Professional interests: Intercultural Communication and Diversity Studies, both of which I teach at the college

Outside interests: Undoing racism, politics, riding my motorcycle

What people may not know about me: I’m a great breakfast cook! Well, at least I love to eat what I create!

Best part of teaching at Edmonds CC: The students and teachers that I meet and work with every day.

Kelly 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 and in developing better ways to assess speaking skills.

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 am a singer at my church.

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

Robert Kasheyrobert kashey

Started teaching at Edmonds CC: Fall 2008

Hometown: Seattle in now my home, but I lived in San Diego a long time.

Education: BA English, University of San Diego, California 1979.
CELTA, Bridge-Linguatec, Seville, Spain 2008

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Taught ESL: 16 years in Japan, South Korea, and in the USA at San Diego State University, ELS San Diego, California and now here at Edmonds Community College.

Professional interests: Writing, poetry, literature. 

Outside interests: Photography, Fine Art, World Cultures, Music, Religions, Cuisine, Wines, Progressive Politics (go Obama!)… all the things some people are too shy to talk about! Yeah, I’m a real talker! I’m into hiking and camping in the mountains.     Being in the wildness is awesome!

What people may not know about me: You can find one of my books online. I write and perform poetry in shadowy cafes and theaters where people drink lots of dark coffee!

Best part of teaching at Edmonds CC: Teaching is a joy and a challenge, my colleagues are wonderful to work with and the high-tech classrooms are excellent.


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!