TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Meet Our Alumni

Our TESOL program is home to a multicultural and international community. Our graduates teach in Maine, elsewhere in the U.S., and internationally, including Japan, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, and Egypt, among other countries. 

As lifelong learners, we encourage our alumni to continuously explore, study, analyze, and critically discuss matters of culture, equity, access, and diversity. 

Our alumni are frequently named Maine Teacher of the Year and have also been named a Boren Fellow and Fulbright Fellow.


TESOL alumna Meaghan Bradbury '18, '20Meaghan Bradbury ’18, ’20
BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies
MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 

“My path at USM led me to new places within myself and my surroundings. During my time as a graduate student in the MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, I grew as a researcher, teacher, mentor, writer, and overall human being. 

Working as a (Graduate) Research Assistant with the Associate Dean of the School of Education and Human Development prepared me for the serious yet exciting nature of scholarship, exposing me to a world of research publication, conference presentations, and academic bridges. 

Additionally, not only did I gain experience in a university classroom setting through structured observation and have the opportunity to serve as a peer mentor thanks to the engaging and connecting teaching practicum built into the degree, I was invited to participate as a fellow in the 2019 Southern Maine Writing Project, a graduate-level class that enhanced and affirmed my technique and passion in the craft of writing while introducing me to the art of teaching it. This introduction led me to where I am today; about to embark on an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetry, I aim to gather the courage and sense of self I developed during my studies at USM, diving deep into the field of writing while sharpening my skills as an educator and finding my voice as an advocate of literacy, emerging on the other side to continue a journey of academia and work toward my future goal of achieving a doctorate.”


TESOL alumna Yalda Kaveh '13Yalda M. Kaveh ’13
M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language
Assistant Professor in Bilingual Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ College, University of Arizona in Tempe

“Beside the academic support, the faculty in the MSEd program at USM were incredibly caring. As a newcomer to the United States from a country that was going through economic sanctions, I was dealing with a lot of emotional and financial hardships. My advisor, Dr. Alec Lapidus, spent hours meeting with me, listening to me, and constantly offering resources to help me succeed.”