SOE Alumni - Wilbur Chapman, M.Ed.
- Wilbur Chapman, M.Ed.
Retired IBM Sr. IT Specialist
Volunteer ESL teacher
Regent Graduate, 2011
A good teacher needs good training. The Regent School of Education staff and faculty of the TESOL Department provide a rigorous, challenging, and always practical approach to teaching teachers. One learns the history and the theory necessary to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) with plenty of opportunity to hone one's skills in practice.
A great teacher learns how to love and care for the students. At Regent this isn't only taught as our responsibility to others but it is modeled. The Godly and caring instructors seek to grow leaders with a Christian worldview and a heart to serve others.
After 34 years in Software Service at IBM (ending as a Certified Sr. Information Technology Specialist) I begin my second career as a volunteer ESL teacher in a church, tutor at the local university, and a 'parent' of an international student. I was blessed to sit at the feet of and be challenged by experts in the TESOL department who truly care not only for their students but also for their student's students. They have enabled me to work one-on-one in tutoring, in a group setting with ESL students from every continent, and as a resource to other volunteer ESL teachers who did not have the privilege that I had of getting God-centered training. With the Lord's help I pray that I might be able to make a difference in the lives of those 'strangers in our midst' who are struggling with a different language and a different culture in this 'a strange new place'.
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