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“I was lucky to stumble into my passion (and talent) in grad school, but my first step was to stop making chairs: I worked in the corporate environment for several years and did not feel I was making the world a better place. Chairs are a metaphor for consumerist stuff – who cares? Not me. So I went back to school to study literature. Sounded fun to talk about cool ideas like self-reliance and equality in essays and books. When I taught composition to pay for grad school, I found my passion! Here I could make a difference every day, not just with writing skills and supporting people’s dreams to get an education, but in talking with people about equity, goals, growth mindset, and things that people feel passionate about.” — Lisa Bernhagen

Lisa earned a B.A. in Political Science from WWU, a Masters of Political Science in Vaxjo, Sweden, and a Masters of English from WWU. During college summers, she worked for more than 25 companies in downtown Seattle as a temporary office worker. Later, she did volunteer work for the World Affairs Council and the Hungarian Embassy, and worked at a youth hostel. She found her calling teaching English, and taught at WWU part time for four years. She has taught English at Highline since 2000.

Presenter(s): Lisa Bernhagen
Date and Time: March 14, 2018 at 12:15 p.m.
Location: Building 3, Room 102