Suzy Nachtsheim, VIU English Language Centre
Favorite View from Campus:
The view of the campus, downtown, the ocean, and mountains from the Writing Centre in the library
Folk (Yeah Peter, Paul, and Mary!)
Surprising fact about you:
I lived in Japan for 20 years, but my Japanese still sucks.
Things you collect:
Cartoons and funny photos to display on my office door
Nothing unique, but I like to read and cook. I like to play board games (Monopoly, Bananagrams, Clue, Risk, etc.) but it's hard to find partners. Anyone interested?
Unusual item in your office:
A flag that is half Canadian and half American (because I'm a dual citizen)
Favorite teaching memory:
Too many to choose just one!
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Henry David Thoreau, Walden
What inspires your teaching?
The students who ask me questions that are hard to answer
Oh please. All my taste is in my mouth.
Favorite travel memory:
A week on Maui, in Hawaii. Mai tai cocktails never tasted so good.
Words of wisdom from teacher to ESL student:
This is something one of my high school teachers told me when I asked him for advice on how to study. He said that if you want to really learn something, imagine that you have to teach it. I think that's good advice for students of all ages.
I hope my students will be enthusiastic about learning English, open minded about other cultures and different ways of thinking, and kind to one another.