About Me

meHello, and welcome to my blog!

A North Carolina native, I’ve lived in Washington, DC for the past three years.  In DC, I am an English language teacher for international students and a PhD student studying International Education Policy at the University of Maryland.

I was first introduced to English language teaching as a volunteer English teacher at a conversational English camp for high school students in Slovakia in 2004. Since then, I have taught English in a variety of different contexts, including a private language school in Seattle, community colleges in Seattle and Silver Spring MD, high schools in Slovakia, and the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH and the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.

This year, however, I’m living and working abroad in the Republic of Georgia as an English Language Fellow.  My host institution and one of the primary places I’ll be teaching is Gori State Teaching University.  I’ll probably be teaching in some local secondary schools as well.

While I’m gone, this blog is the main place where I’ll post pictures and stories from my fellowship.  Check back often and follow along. 🙂

Melanie J. Baker

  • Ph.D., International Education Policy (student) – University of Maryland
  • M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – Seattle Pacific University
  • B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications – University of South Carolina
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