Hello. My name is Pamela Kasabian. I am the founder and teacher at The English Experience Language School. I have been teaching English to speakers of other languages for 20 years. My professional teaching experience includes a variety of contexts including; Boston Academy of English, the Center for Workplace Learning, Portland Adult Education, the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College. As a graduate from the MATESOL program at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT, I have refined my skills and broadened my understanding of language acquisition by learning from some of the world’s leaders in language acquisition and culture. My philosophy on teaching grew out of this experience and is reflected in the unique curriculum I designed to include social discourse and authentic learning tasks.
My personal experiences also contributed to the development of my curriculum and creation of an alternative learning program for adult ELLs. As a full-time teacher, student, and mother of two young children, I understand some of the difficulties faced by many adult learners. I seek to provide times, payment options, and curriculum to meet the needs of hard-working new Americans and others wanting to improve their English.
My upbringing as a third-generation American forms the basis of my strong belief in maintaining first languages and cultural connections. Language and culture loss are detrimental to the fabric of our nation. I seek ways to bridge cultural gaps and build strong community connections. My background also informs my objective to be a part of a strong community of learners connected by its diversity.
I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I studied at Middlesex Community College then transferred to Northeastern University where I received a BA in Psychology in 1994. Through the cooperative education program at NU and jobs after college, I gained diverse work experience; job coach for developmentally disabled adults, mental health residential care worker, curriculum developer and leader for the Girl Scouts organization, management consulting assistant for the City of Boston, and marketing and office manager for SensAble Technologies, a high-tech start up out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was during my time at SensAble that I began teaching ESOL as a volunteer at the Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay and fell in love with it. I have been teaching English ever since.
I moved to Portland in 2001. My first job here, like many newcomers, was at Barber Foods. I taught English there through the Center for Workplace Learning and met some wonderful people who are now dear friends. For the following 14 years I taught at Portland Adult Education. During this period I experienced my greatest growth as an educator and community member. It was there that I fully realized what a truly special place Portland was. I am very grateful to be a teacher.