I have taught at Minneapolis public Schools since 1987.I attended Ball State University in Indiana for my M.A. in education. I received my ESL teaching license from Hamline University.My first training in teaching abroad was in 1969 in France at Ecole Normale des Filles at Bordeaux . I attended Universite de Talence , Bordeaux , France for Social Studies at the same year.
I have worked in Minneapolis as French, Bilingual and ESL teacher. My experience working with k-12 is over 25 years. I am looking forward to work with students to improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and above all , to support teachers preparing students to achieve their math and reading goals. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached via our school phone at (612)668-4610, or you can e-mail me at: Banlang.Phommasouvanh@mpls.k12.mn.us
ESL tutor, passionate about content strategy, web standards, typography, and intercultural usability. And anything else that strikes my fancy.
After cutting my teeth in political campaigns, I have pursued a career in education. I earned a master's degree in education leadership and transitioned to advocacy and public affairs work in the field of education. This work has included organizing high profile events, social media campaigns and websites to support STEM education and new education policies. I have also worked with a variety of organizations to award teacher grants, student scholarships and have been a frequent participant on education committees and workgroups with the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), University of Minnesota and the National Governors Association.
I’m the President of Sophia and I love using Sophia with my kids. I am a wife, a mother of two, a sister to a man with a learning disability, and a lifelong student of academics and life experiences. My journey to Sophia is about as unusual as it gets. I immigrated to the US with my family when I was 6. My first exposure to the US education system was in first grade, where my teacher, Mrs. Wong, told my parents that I had the choice of continuing in my Orange reading book (the lowest) or staying after school to read with her one-on-one and have the opportunity to move up to the Blue reading book (the highest level). I chose to stay after school…. I was off to start my life. I ended up graduating magna cum laude from UCLA and getting my MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where I met my husband and future father of my children. Thank you, Mrs. Wong! I am lucky to have found Sophia for two reasons. As a child, my hobbies were school and reading. I started working at my parent’s restaurant at 11, first in the kitchen then as the cashier and waitress. We were open 7 days a week, 11am – 10pm, everyday of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Besides work, I went to school. I did not have time for hobbies or activities or birthday parties. It was at school and through reading that I realized that I could be whoever and whatever I wanted to be…the sky is the limit as long as I work hard and dream. Education was and continues to be my ticket to my dreams. Next stop, veterinary school! I plan to own my own clinic and work with neglected and abused animals, helping them to get healthy enough for adoption by loving families. My first hope and dream for Sophia is that Sophia can contribute to that ticket to life for others. The second reason is that my younger brother, Paul, an intelligent person, has an undiagnosed learning disability. His life has taken a very different path from mine and there is not a night that goes by where I don’t think of him before I fall asleep. Back then, kids who did not keep up were automatically placed in “Special Ed”, a death nail to a future of opportunity and options. Every night I think about what I could have done, how his life could be different today if only… My parents were busy just trying to make ends meet. They did not speak the language well. I did and I could have done more. Yet when I am really honest with myself, I wonder what I could have done. Be
I've been with Capella University since 2004 and School of Education since 2006. Currently, I'm a Lead Enrollment Counselor which means I work directly with School of Education students helping them learn about our graduate programs and certificates offered online in education. I'm your contact from the Capella University side should you have questions about our degrees and certificates online. I have a BS in Business from the Carlson School of Management, University of MN and my Ms in Organizational Management is from Capella University. Outside of work, my husband and I keep busy with our three wonderful kids Selena 9, Makhai 7 and Aiden 4. I've also never seen Avatar and visit Caribou Coffee at least four times/week. I used to own my own coffee shop in Minneapolis just because of my obsession with lattes and mochas :)