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Ellen Mugar


Ellen Mugar has worked as an ESL teacher for 27 years, 25 of those years at Portland Adult Education. It has been her pleasure to have taught and met a couple thousand people (by quick calculation) from every part of the globe.

She got her ESL licensure in K-12 through the University of Minnesota in 1987 and in 1995 got her Master's in Literacy Education with ESL concentration at the University of Southern Maine. She attended Hampshire College and graduated with a BA in Bilingual Education and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was certified in Elementary Bilingual Education in 1976.

She has had different careers, but being in the classroom teaching English to adult speakers of other languages is where she feels she belongs. She calls her job "traveling in place", but does the real thing as much as she can. She joined the PESLSF board seven years ago and knows that helping newcomers strengthen their English language skills in pursuit of educational and career goals can improve not only their lives, but also contributes to the vibrancy and well-being of the greater community.