Meet Our Team
Annemarie is the founder of Speak Confident English, which she launched in 2014. She has worked with adults learning English for over 20 years and has her MA in TESOL.
Annemarie created Fluency School and Confident Job Interviews because she is committed to helping international women live life in English with confidence.
Since launching Speak Confident English and Fluency School, she has helped hundreds of students from 73 countries and every Wednesday, she shares Confident English lessons with more than 275,000 followers in her community.
Fun Facts: I’ve moved 14 times in my life so far and I’ve lived in 5 different countries—the U.S., Pakistan, Czech Republic, Germany, and France. And I’m not finished! I love living in new places. After a few years in one place, I’m ready to go. Also, for a few years I had a small yogurt-making business with my best friend. Yep. That is a real fact. And finally, French is my second language.
Message from Annemarie
“I’d love for you to meet the whole Speak Confident English Team — the women who help make everything we do possible.
In addition to our permanent team, we also have coaches and specialists who join us to support our students in Fluency School.”
TEACHER & Curriculum Developer
She has worked in education for over ten years, originally working in Oregon public schools as an elementary school teacher. Once she discovered the magic of teaching English language however, she was hooked! Since earning her Master’s in TESL, Anna has taught for a variety of programs, working with predominantly adult students. She particularly enjoys helping students express their personality and unique character as they develop their skills as English language learners.
Anna has lived most of her life in the very beautiful and very wet Pacific Northwest, with the exception of two non-consecutive years in Japan and a year in Puerto Rico. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys hiking in the forest around Mt. Hood, camping year-round, and exploring the Oregon coast.
Fun Facts: I have always enjoyed movement arts and over the last 15 years I’ve studied the martial arts kung fu and tai chi, as well as a variety of dance styles including salsa, Argentine tango, swing, European folk, and Bollywood. I’ve taken part in a few competitions, taught some classes, and even performed in front of an audience once or twice. It is rare that I will sit still if there is live music playing.
Lynn has been working in education since 1991; she has taught in her home state of California, in Oregon, and in Panama City, Panama. Lynn has her Master’s degree in English/TESL, and has taught both adults and teenagers who come from all over the world. Her main goal is to help students become confident and comfortable English communicators, people who can express their unique ideas in their new language.
Lynn has spent most of her life on the West Coast, although she lived for a year in Vienna, Austria, and for two and a half years in Panama. Lynn and her husband love to travel – and still have quite a list of “go-to” places! When she is not traveling, she loves to spend time with people from the international community as they bring their worlds and culture to share with her.
Fun Fact: I love to explore new restaurants – I’m an adventure eater! My favorites include Lebanese, Thai, and Indian foods, although Japanese and Mexican are hard to beat. Speaking of “hard to beat,” there is absolutely nothing like a good book, a hot cup of coffee, and a fire in the fireplace to make me happy!
Elizabeth has been teaching English for five years, starting as a volunteer for adult refugee and migrant community classes in 2015 which led her to pursue her Master’s in TESL. She has taught in a variety of contexts, from international students at the university level, to children online, to adult inmates in the state prison. This range of students’ backgrounds has taught Elizabeth the importance of connecting language learning to the needs and interests of the individual learner. Passionate about fighting for equity in her community, Elizabeth sees teaching the English language as one way to “level the playing field” and empower learners to advocate for themselves and others on both local and international stages.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Elizabeth moved to Tucson, Arizona for university and fell in love immediately. While she has traveled all over the United States, she feels the most at home in the desert. When she is not teaching, Elizabeth can be found antique shopping, watching Korean dramas, and curling up with her greyhound Juliet.
Fun Fact: I love to try (and collect) new flavors of loose-leaf tea. I drink several cups a day, and while most of the time I’m going to sweeten it, I’ll try anything once. These days, I actually have a subscription to a ‘sample pack’ delivery of new teas every other month. Right now my favorites are Candy Cane Crunch (black), Pineapple Matcha (green), and Citrus Hibiscus (herbal).
Customer Happiness Specialist
Tanya is a passionate English language learner and speaker from Kyiv, Ukraine.
You’ll find Tanya active in all of our courses to support students and in our social media groups. In addition to managing our online communities, Tanya is a mentor to new students in the Fluency School course.
We also like to call her our happiness specialist because of her optimism and positivity, which we believe is essential to confident English skills (and she makes our team happy too!).
Fun Facts: I have a sweet tooth. I can barely live without a piece of a dark chocolate. I usually eat it with my morning coffee. Also, traveling is my passion. I have a dream to visit all countries and meet new people. My favorite place, where my soul has a rest, is in the mountains! I speak Ukrainian, Russian, and English.
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