Roxanne J. Leach, M.S. TESOL, Multiculturalism.
Roxanne J. Leach has been teaching English as a Second Language, along with literature and writing courses, for the past decade; she specializes in working with non-native English language learners in all skill sets and on all levels of English language proficiency. Roxanne has taught college courses, adult education classes, as well as young children in grades K-5.
Roxanne attended Manchester Community College and Gateway Community College from 1996-2001, where she consistently made either the Dean’s list or President’s list for academic excellence. She won the Katherine D. Bourn Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Foreign Language Study in May 1998. As a member of Phi Theta Kappa and serving as President of The National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society Alpha Mu Gamma from 1998-1999, she raised funds and distributed items for the needy in the local community as well as for overseas natural disaster relief. During this time, Roxanne also volunteered in local elementary schools as a reading tutor. In May 2001, Roxanne graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gateway Community College with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies.
In August 2001, Roxanne began attending Southern Connecticut State University, where she became an active member of Golden Key International Honour and Service Society and Zeta Delta Epsilon Honors Service Society from 2001-2005. Roxanne graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, focusing on Psychology and Sociology, in May 2003.
As a result of Roxanne’s childhood upbringing in a vibrant inner-city culture filled with diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, along with working with English language learners as a volunteer and assisting her Chinese Tai Chi master’s husband in learning English grammar, she decided to pursue a graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Thus, Roxanne graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in TESOL, Multiculturalism, and Bilingual Education from SCSU in 2005.
Roxanne has acquired a wide variety of experience teaching non-native English speakers, from elementary children, adolescents, and adults in adult education programs, to literacy centers, continuing education classes, Intensive English Programs (IEP’s), community college courses, and undergraduate and graduate university programs. In addition to her tutoring and teaching background, she has also conducted conversation groups, along with workshops in areas such as listening comprehension and note-taking skills, test-taking skills and strategies, grammar groups, and vocabulary building sessions. Furthermore, she is highly knowledgeable about online learning resources such as websites in various language areas to help students maintain and strengthen their English speaking and writing skills.
Roxanne derives particular enjoyment and satisfaction from teaching English language learners because they are highly motivated to learn English, due to its direct and immediate impact on all aspects of their academic, professional, and personal lives. Working with students from various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds is both stimulating and educational for Roxanne, as these students offer interesting perspectives and insights that enhance her understanding and appreciation of the English language. Roxanne believes that education necessarily involves a reciprocal process, whereby teachers learn from students at the same time that students learn from their teacher.