Jolene McConnell graduated from BSU in 2006 with her MA in TESOL and Linguistics. She is now an English Language Fellow in Albania with the US Department of State. Jolene has taught at a private language school for adults in Poland, at public schools in Korea, and on cruise ships teaching ESL. Upon her return to the US, Jolene worked for ELS Language Centers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Kansas State University before taking a leave of absence to do her fellowship.
In her current role in Albania, Jolene is conducting workshops for English teachers throughout the country. She conducts the Regional English Language Office Belgrade Facebook page and works with a division of the Ministry of Education in Albania.
How did your English major lead to your current position? What skills did you learn as an English major that helped you transition into that job?
I am on sabbatical from my job as an ESL instructor at Kansas State University and I currently do teacher training for English teachers in Albania. I majored in English, not only because I love how language works, but specifically because I wanted to learn more about the world. Having a degree in English has opened so many doors for me and I have had opportunities to travel that I would never have had otherwise. English didn´t just help me with my job; it is my job.