My name is Patrice Palmer.  Thank you for your interest in wanting to learn more "About Me".

After 20 years in the ESL classroom, I have made the successful transition to "teacherpreneur" where I spend my time doing the things that I love (writing courses, ELT materials, blogging), teaching online courses and sharing my wisdom as a TESL Teacher Trainer and Instructional Coach. (check out my other website at www.teacherpreneur.ca)

During my interesting career, I have taught students from 8 from 80 years old.  I have had the opportunity to work in many areas of education: teacher trainer & coaching, as an English-as-a-Second Language instructor, curriculum developer and certified corporate trainer (CTDP). For 7 years, I had the privilege of working in Hong Kong. I am also interested in short term teacher training abroad. My goal is to relocate to Costa Rica during the cold Canadian winters and finally learn Spanish.

My other passion is in the area of diabetes. My personal experience as a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes led me to understand and appreciate the ongoing challenges of managing this disease. I also discovered that many ethnic groups (my ESL students) are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes which compelled me to develop "Diabetes - Reducing the Risk", for ESL learners. I am grateful to Katherine Aldridge-Morris, author of How to Write ESOL Materials (Training Course for ELT Writers Book 16), ELT Teacher 2 Writer for publishing my story, and ESL lesson plan. In April 2016, I presented at IATEFL in England and provided information about diabetes.  My free lesson plan has been posted in the Resources section.

Academic and Professional Credentials

Master of Education - Teaching, Learning and Development, Brock University

Master of Arts, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Bachelor of Arts - York University

Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP), The Institute for Performance and Learning

TESL Ontario Accreditations: Language Instructor, Methodology and Theory Instructor, Practicum Supervisor and Academic Coordinator

Other Training

Intensive Coach Training, Centre for Positive Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia

Understanding Burnout, Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue Solutions

Personality Dimensions Facilitator, Level 1