Tom Pearson
English Language Institute Instructor


“I enjoy teaching a skill, rather than just knowledge,” says Tom Pearson, an instructor at the English Language Institute. ”It forces me to be creative in my approach, and it forces students to be active participants, both of which make for a better class.”

Tom began teaching at the English Language Institute in 2012. “I enjoy the diversity of life experiences, cultures, languages and the goals the students have.” His interest in teaching international students developed from his study of Spanish, his work as an English instructor to immigrants and his love of travel.

As a child, he traveled to China to visit an uncle who was teaching English in Beijing. He went to Australia and New Zealand as part of a high school exchange program and studied in Spain during college. He has traveled to more than 20 countries, most recently to South Korea, Taiwan, Spain and Australia, and wants to visit South America next.

Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature at Western Washington University and his master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Sacramento State. He holds a secondary teaching credential in Spanish and social science and a certificate in teaching composition to adults.

Tom has also taught composition at the university level, helped run a community college writing center, worked at a nonprofit providing English as a second language (ESL) and general education development (GED) preparation, and taught at several local high schools and junior high schools.*

In addition to traveling with his family, Tom stays busy playing tennis and ultimate Frisbee, as well as hiking.