Nila holds two teaching certificates and a Master’s Degree in Education (Curriculum Development
She has taught at several post-secondary institutions in Canada.
In the U.S. she was a valued faculty member at Harvard University Institute for English Language Programs. Her international teaching experience includes contracts in Qatar, the UAE, China and Japan.
For over 10 years, Nila operated her own English language school and tutoring service. She enjoyed working with high school students and adults and misses being in the classroom. She is a news and fitness junkie, loves travelling, CBC radio and reading books.
Nancy Carson is our feature writer. She is a retired B.C. teacher with 35 years experience at the elementary, secondary and college levels. She has spent a total of three years in volunteer positions in Western Kenya, East Africa. There she worked for organizations giving scholarships to needy students and she still supports some boys and girls at school. In 2011 and 2012, she spent four months in Kenya helping with Tembo-Kenya’s new program Read for the Top. As well, she co-facilitated seminars on reading, writing and oral language strategies for teachers of children whose third language is English.
In Canada, Nancy volunteers for Seniors organizations and coaches ESL students. She is Vice-President of Tembo-Kenya, a Canadian charitable organization which specializes in education and community projects. www.tembokenya.org
Patti-Lea Ryan is the Assistant to the Editor of The Westcoast Reader. Patti brings 25 years’ administrative experience in British Columbia post secondary institutions to the team. She runs the day-to-day operations of The Westcoast Reader.
She has a diploma in Children’s Literature. However, she has always been a bit of a newshound. Starting in grade eight, she would run home from school at lunch to watch Elwood Glover on CBC. What a geek!
Her favourite thing to do is to spend time with her children and granddaughter. In the warmer months, you might find her outdoors, puttering around in the garden. During the “rainy season”, she enjoys doing things that stretch her creativity, such as stamping and designing nature collages from items she beach-combed during summer. Look for her occasional submissions in The Westcoast Reader.
Her interests include writing, reading, travelling, and exploring anything to do with arts and culture.
Tamara also enjoys trying new things, and is always taking a course in one thing or another! She has tried her hand at photography (this photo is her favourite “self-portrait”), filmmaking, singing and learning piano. She loves languages and continues to work on her French studies.