It seems appropriate that Sasha Moore teaches at an international language school. Her German-Bulgarian mother and American father had a strong interest in languages and traveled a lot. They lived overseas, and it became a part of Moore’s framework, so she became interested in language and culture from an early age.
“I remember my parents hosting a Chinese immigrant family in the 80s. My mother is fluent in Spanish and always tried to use language to make immigrants feel welcome in our small town,” Moore adds.
From her hometown of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, she enrolled in college in New York. After the first semester she moved to Burgos, Spain to continue her studies. She then moved to California to attend college in San Francisco, where she volunteered in an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom helping people on the pathway to citizenship to learn English. Moore says, “These students were mainly illiterate in their own language, and their drive was amazing. I fell in love with ESL through that experience.” She then moved to San Diego where she earned a degree in sociology from San Diego State University. After graduation she went to study abroad in Costa Rica.
After graduating from SDSU, Moore was certified at the ALI through the TEFL/TESL program. She then returned to Costa Rica for a short visit, and went on to take more language classes. For Moore, she continues her language education because, “I like to be on the other side of the desk. It reminds me of the position my students are in on a daily basis, and I try to be compassionate to their experience.”
Currently, Moore is an IEC Reading Core mentor and teaches EAP and IEC classes – in the past she has taught and assisted in the pre-MBA, teacher training and Fulbright programs. She has been with the ALI for four years. Her reason for staying at the ALI is, “The students keep me laughing, and keep me on my toes. I challenge my students, and enjoy being challenged by them. The best kind of student is an inquisitive one. Also, since working at the ALI, the world feels smaller to me. I get to work with people from all over the world in an intimate environment every day.”
And Moore’s advice to students, “That the world is a diverse place, and that all of us should always keep learning. To do this, stay open minded, challenge others, but especially, challenge yourself to think outside the box. Keep growing. Keep expanding. Keep challenging yourself. I try to abide by that, too. Get off campus and explore the city. Get lost, ask for directions on the street, and ask lots of questions about everything. Never be afraid to ask. For students who are able to observe SDSU classes, I highly encourage it. That’s one of the perks of studying at ALI.”