Selkirk College, Attn: Kirsten Gear
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
Kirsten is happy to begin her journey as a Language Instructor & TESOL Teacher Trainer with the International Department on Castlegar Campus at Selkirk College. As an avid language learner herself, she is French bilingual and has studied Inuktitut, Sanskrit, Korean, Hebrew and Vietnamese with intermediate abilities in MSA (Modern Standard Arabic).
Having partnered with such esteemed international academic higher education and corporate institutions as the University of Liverpool, Durham University and Qatar Foundation, Kirsten’s career has spanned four continents working, studying and volunteering for nearly two decades. She has spent most of her professional life in South East Asia, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) as a student intern, teacher trainer, language assessor, personal coach, public speaker and published author. She has also worked with various accredited and recognized, credible and reliable online institutions through Laureate International Education since 2009, as an Blackboard Onboarding Instructor, Academic Writing Tutor, MBA Career Coach and Dissertation Adviser.
Kirsten has successfully completed and received her OSSD Bilingualism Certificate (1998), 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in English (2003), Oxford Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) (2005), Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics (2007), Certificate of Human Rights Education Management (2009), Post Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Training and Learning (2010), Mixed Methods Research Certificate (2011), IELTS examination license (2012) and Diploma in Financial Trading (2018). She is currently enrolled in an MA in Counselling Psychology.
On a more personal level, she is also a singer-songwriter-guitarist who is a certified Educational Kinesiologist (2011), advanced Open Water SCUBA diver, small engine & motorcycle mechanic and licensed 500-hour Ashtanga Yoga Instructor. She is an avid gardener who lives in a valley on the banks of the Columbia River with her two international rescue dogs, Yogi and Yodi.