Lynn Cloonan Olson
I have always delighted in teaching, beginning that career as a high school teacher of English for 2 years in Nigeria, West Africa. Later I taught English at the grade school and high school level in both Pennsylvania and Illinois. Since coming to Minnesota I’ve spent 36 years as a lawyer and judge, teaching many law seminars and courses to attorneys.
Learning languages has been a constant source of pleasure for me throughout my years as a teacher, attorney and judge. Immersion programs in Switzerland (French), Guatemala (Spanish), and Costa Rica (Spanish) helped me to better understand and converse with the people who appeared in my court. I also speak some German and am now studying Somali so I can understand what my students are laughing about.
I have enjoyed all of my work, but have concluded that teaching is my first joy! I recently completed an intensive course on teaching English as a foreign language and am now certified to do so. I believe that English can and will improve life for so many who find themselves surrounded by a language and, perhaps, a culture they cannot understand.
I also believe that learning can and should be enjoyed. I intend to create enthusiasm and fun in the classroom through games, music, films, food, and laughter. No one should fear learning English, especially when the atmosphere in our classroom will be one of informality, relaxation and pleasure.