Shannon King is a committed and passionate instructor who values the transformational power of education. She has a BA in Linguistics from the University of Kansas and an MATESOL from Seattle University. Shannon has worked with English language learners in various contexts and in different capacities since 1994. She has worked at Bellevue College since 2005. Before coming to Bellevue College, Shannon taught international students in academic contexts including a language school, community college, and university. She also taught ESL in the community to immigrants and refugees. She worked overseas teaching ESL in Mexico and volunteering with the US Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga. In between teaching jobs, Shannon worked in the corporate sector. She has studied abroad and worked in non-ESL jobs overseas as well. This experience helps her understand her students and empathize with their struggles. Challenging assumptions and broadening students’ perspectives are two areas of emphasis in her classes. In addition to building linguistic competence, Shannon’s teaching style focuses on helping students to develop learning strategies that will lead to success in higher education and beyond. In her free time, Shannon spends time with her son, reads, dabbles in fiber arts, and goes to movies.