My name is Sam Maurer. I have been teaching at the IIC since July, 2014. In my family I have my parents and my two older brothers. I grew up in Santa Rosa, California. Santa Rosa is a medium sized city one hour north of San Francisco. Santa Rosa is famous for its wine, beer, and Charlie Brown and Snoopy statues that you can find all over the city. I used to visit San Francisco with my Grandma a lot when I was a little kid. She would take me to China Town to eat pork buns and rice candy. I also used to come to SF with my Dad to see Giants games. Ever since I was young it was my dream to live in the city and work here for at least a year. Now I live in Oakland and work in San Francisco, and I couldn’t be happier.
Why do you teach ESL?
I teach ESL because I love teaching! I first started teaching ESL in Korea, where I lived and worked for a year. It was such a great experience, and after that I was hooked. It’s such a great feeling when I see my students excited about learning English. Just knowing that I am making a positive difference in someone’s life makes going to work exciting and worthwhile.
What do you enjoy about teaching English?
I enjoy teaching ESL because I get to meet interesting people from all over the world. Sometimes I think my students teach me more than I teach them!
How long have you lived in the Bay Area?
I have only lived in the Bay Area since July, 2014. So far I am really enjoying the diversity, action, and all the different types of food the Bay has to offer!
Tell us something you do for fun.
I do too much for fun…haha. My hobbies include playing drums, creating music, riding my bike, and playing all sorts of sports. My favorite sports to play are badminton, golf, disc golf, soccer, basketball, and snow boarding. I also enjoy flying kites, eating Ethnic food, seeing live music, watching the Giants, and spending time with family and friends. Having so many hobbies keeps me really busy, and at the end of the day I’m usually exhausted, but it’s always worth it.
Do you have a favorite English word or phrase you can share with us?
I like the English phrase “Live a little!”. It’s an expression you say when you want someone to loosen up, relax, and do something fun instead of worrying. For example, if you are trying to get your friend to come out to the bar instead of studying you could use the phrase “live a little”. Maybe it will sound like this:
Sam: “C’mon we’re all going out for drinks.”
John: “No, I can’t I have to study for my test.”
Sam: “Aahhhh, live a little! Have some fun with us! Study for your test another time.”
Sam pictured above with some IIC students on a field trip to the Mission.