Annie Gilbert has been teaching ESL at Saddleback College since 2013. She also coordinates Saddleback College Adult ESL courses across South Orange County. She holds a M.A. in Second Language Education from McGill University in Canada, a B.A. in French Teaching and TESL Certificate. She taught Adult ESL at NOCE/Cypress College for ten years and taught international students at UCI Extension. As a naturalized citizen, she understands the challenges that immigrants face and strives to create lessons based on the goals and needs of her students. She received the NOCE Teacher of the Year Award in 2008 and was nominated Orange County College Teacher of the Year in 2009. Before moving to California in 2003, she taught ESL, TEFL or French in Canada, Argentina, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. When she is not working, she spends her time with her daughter and dog, and she enjoys hiking, yoga, traveling, learning new technologies, and improving her Spanish.