Name and place of origin:

I’m Kristi! Originally I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. A cold, dark place with little to no industry. :P

What do you enjoy about teaching ESL?

I love teaching ESL because it’s SO diverse. I am surrounded by very intelligent and fascinating people and I get to talk to and hang out with, oops, I mean teach, them! I learn so much about other countries and their politics. I learn about other cultures and customs. I also get to make a lot of friends who I will hopefully see again when I am traveling later in life.

Have you ever taught ESL in a foreign country? If so, tell us a bit about it!

I’ve taught in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Mexico. Soon I will teach in Spain. Teaching in Nicaragua was really neat. I actually lived with one of my students. In Costa Rica, on my first day of teaching, I forgot my shoes at home. After class, my student asked me if I was a “iippie.” “A what?” “A HIPPIE.” I tried to remember my shoes after that. Teaching in Central America taught me a new way of life and welcoming that I loved and would go back to over and over.

How long have you lived in the Bay Area?

I have lived in the Bay Area on and off for about four years. I came here in 2011 and have lived here in San Francisco, on a farm in Southern California, Hawaii, and Central America throughout that time.

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun I like doing yoga, riding my bike, reading, writing, climbing trees, exploring nature and cities, traveling, learning about other languages, dancing, swimming, and collecting seashells. OH. I also like drinking tea and eating vegan ice cream. :D


Do you have a favorite English word or phrase you can share with us?

Some phrases I say ALL the time are “nailed it” which means you did something exactly correct and “rad” which means cool or awesome.


Key words and phrases

Industry: any type of trade or manufacturing within an economy

Fascinating: very interesting

Hippie: a person of unusual or uncommon appearance (especially in the 1960s in the United States) associated with a subculture involving a rejection of traditional or normal values