Karen earned both a BA in English (minor in TESOL) and an MA in TESOL from Brigham Young University in Provo. She has been teaching ESL for 20 years, and has taught in Taiwan, China and the UK in addition to teaching in the United States. Karen joined the Selnate family 8 years ago. She speaks Mandarin and has been blessed to participate in many exciting activities on several continents including climbing the Great Wall of China, and in 1995 she was able to stand in the middle of Tiananmen Square and feel the strong spirit of all the protestors. She enjoys lots of sports but especially likes Tennis. She was lucky enough to attend the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament the two summers she taught English in the UK, and even was able to celebrate her 50th birthday by eating strawberries and cream while watching tennis matches. Along with teaching classes, Karen is Selnate’s director and ensures the smooth functioning of the school and works hard to make Selnate a great place for students to study.
Jessica graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State University with a BA in English and a graduate certificate in TESOL. She went on to earn an MA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University (BYU-Provo) and a Master of Studies in Korean Studies from the University of Oxford. She spent 3.5 years teaching English in South Korea, and during her graduate studies spent summers teaching English at schools in both the US and the UK. Jessica joined Selnate in the summer of 2015, and came back in fall of 2016 to act as assistant director and advisor alongside her teaching duties. She loves travel, photography, cooking, and cycling. She can speak Korean, French, and a little bit of a lot of other languages because she loves to study them all.
Annette received her Associate's degree in Child Development and Family Relations at BYU-Provo before going to BYU-Hawaii to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. She has been teaching ESL for thirty years, and has been at Selnate for the past 15 years. Before coming to Selnate she taught at other schools in the US, and also spent a year and a half teaching English in a Vietnamese refugee camp run by the United Nations in the Philippines. Annette has 6 children, and one new grandchild. She loves to read and write in her journal. She also loves taking photos and baking cakes. One of the reasons she loves teaching English is that it allows her to learn more about different cultures, traditions, religions, and histories.
Amy graduated with a BA in English from the University of Washington and an MS in English from Utah State University. She has been teaching English for 10 years, and has been at Selnate for five of those years. She has also taught English in Spain, and in various other English programs and schools in the United States. She speaks English and Spanish and is actively involved with the local Saudi students club. Along with teaching English at Selnate, Amy facilitates the study buddy program which matches Selnate students with peers in the local community who can meet with them weekly to help with conversation practice or homework. Amy is also Selnate’s activity coordinator and constantly plans fun things for the students to do after school.
Alana received her BA in International studies from Utah State University. She went on to get a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics-TESOL from Newcastle University in the UK. She has been teaching English since 2004, and joined the Selnate faculty in summer of 2015. Prior to coming to Selnate, Alana taught English all over the world, in Taiwan, Egypt, Thailand, Australia, Peru, Saudi Arabia, the UK, and in the US, meaning she has taught English on all six inhabitable continents. Along with teaching her classes, Alana is in charge of conversation café, where she facilitates conversational activities over lunch once a week. Alana also speaks Spanish and German and would love to learn Arabic.