I am passionate about civic engagement, in which students connect course curriculum with purposeful reflection and meaningful work in broader communities. I seek to facilitate students’ discovery of ways to use their knowledge and expertise in order to positively affect populations around them. I believe that civic engagement provides a forum for all voices to be heard, and I am committed to creating rich environments where this polyphony can take shape.
Katie is an alumna of Kent State University holding an M.A. in English with a concentration in TESL and a B.A. in Spanish and French.
Katie has taught summer intensive English programs at the Universidad Autόnoma de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She taught English for Academic Purposes at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. During her four years there, she appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with foreign and Moroccan colleagues, refine her approach to teaching reading and writing, and gain administrative experience.
Lisa Leopold has taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Illinois Central College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Joliet Junior College, and at El Centro de la Niña Trabajadora in Quito, Ecuador. Her teaching experience includes instructing university undergraduate and graduate students, community college students, refugees, and children. She has also researched and produced a proposal for an intensive English as a Second Language curriculum for a community college.
Since giving up my post as Director of Intensive ESL Programs at the Monterey Institute in 1989, I've never stopped teaching English. Besides teaching my language education graduate students, I've most recently taught Public Speaking and Academic Writing for international Fulbright scholars and "Quantum-based English Instruction" for a group of physics professors from Russia in partnership with the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.