Jeanine Markley – Instructor
My name is Jeanine Markley and I represent midwestern USA on our team at HELP. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri but have spent the majority of my adult life exploring worlds near and far.
I will be a Graduate Assistant with the HELP program this year and am pursuing my Master’s degree in Second Language Studies. I started my English language instruction path over 10 years ago through volunteer work at the International Institute of St. Louis, editing my international friends’ CVs, and helping international colleagues with their pronunciation. After receiving the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) at UH-Mānoa in 2019, I joined the HELP team and stepped into the classroom environment. Since 2019, I’ve worked in a variety of capacities in a variety of English language learning environments including at Global Village Hawaii, IIE Hawaii (Institute of Intensive English), and Roosevelt High School.
However, my educational journey started with a focus on Violin Performance and took me to Connecticut; Mannheim, Germany; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Helsinki, Finland; South Beach Miami; Copenhagen, Denmark; and finally Honolulu.
I have great empathy for the challenges my students encounter as adult learners of a language because I also lived abroad on three separate occasions spanning 10 years total – and I also dealt with learning a new language, navigating a new set of cultural rules, and figuring out how to apply for study, work, and residency permits. I started learning German at the age of 19, and Danish at the age of 28. After many years of sustained effort, I managed to achieve a C1 (CEFR) language proficiency level in each language, which gave me the qualifications necessary to attend university-level courses in both languages. I’ve been on the same path as many of my students and I know they can achieve their language dreams with continued persistence!