I’m a full-time high school English teacher, with one Conversational Vietnamese class tossed in for variety. I love my job (most days) and have a lot of fun teaching students how to be successful not only in my class, but in the real world as well. Since I work with the seniors, we focus on career and college readiness and it warms my heart when they graduate and do wonderful things with their lives. Here is my school website with a brief overview of the courses I teach!


M. Penn


  1. I am curious. Where do you teach a Vietnamese conversational class? Two years ago I taught a Business English class at Hutech University in Ho Chi Minh City. It was the most exciting teaching experience of my entire teaching career. I first began teaching ESL in Montreal where there were a lot of Vietnamese students in my class. So, I found it very appropriate that I would end my teaching career by teaching a course in Vietnam.

    • Hi Carol! Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂 I teach in Sacramento, CA. It’s wonderful to watch my students learn my language and culture–Conversational Vietnamese is one of my favorite classes to teach. It sounds like you had a very fulfilling teaching career. How was your stay in Vietnam? I still have family there in the central part of the country.

      • I loved Vietnam. I saw mostly the southern part but I found the Vietnamese so friendly. I was invited everywhere by staff, neighbors, students. I attended a wedding, went to a student’s grandfather’s five year death anniversary, went to a temple near the Cambodian border. I really wasn’t a tourist but rather a foreigner working in Ho Chi MInh.
        I would love to go back but it’s so far. I have very fond memories of Vietnam but especially the people.

        I worked for awhile (in my twenties) in Lodi, CA, not far from Sacramento.

        By the way, your dog is adorable.

  2. I love what you do for a living. I almost became an English Literature teacher here in the U.K, but then I decided to train as an occupational therapist instead. I work in special needs schools with children on the autistic spectrum. It is very rewarding but challenging at the same time. Emma xx

    • Thanks, Emma. I work with at-risk students and can understand some of the challenges you face in your profession. Regarding yet challenging is what keeps us going, doesn’t it? *hugs*

  3. It sure does and I love the way that every day is different. I could never do an office job where I was expected to do the same thing over and over again. Emma xx

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