JoAnne Zoller Wagner  
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JoAnne teaching neighborhood kids to knit, Pella, IA


I grew up in Linthicum, Maryland, where I made my first friendships with international students in high school. I took my first course in ESL methods at Towson State near Baltimore, Maryland way back in 1975. After 26 years of living elsewhere, I'm finally home again. I enjoy being near my family.

During my peripatetic years, I lived in Washington, DC, Chicago, Cedar Falls, IA, Madrid, Spain, Morgantown, WV, and Pella, IA. I love learning foreign languages and traveling. My favorite countries to visit are Spain and France. I speak both Spanish and French. I have studied Greek, Hebrew, Russian and German as well.

Outside of teaching ESOL, I love to knit and to teach knitting to others. I have started a Knitting Club at the elementary school where I teach ESOL. Kids are fun to teach because they love to make things, and aren't afraid to try something new.

I also love sacred music, both ancient and contemporary. My "happy hour" each morning is listening to beautiful inspirational music while I knit. I also enjoy cooking. My favorites are vegetarian and international dishes. My reading interests center around knitting, history, the religious life, and intercultural encounters.

JoAnne Zoller Wagner
ESOL Teacher
Anne Arundel County
  Public Schools

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