2013 Recipients


Christopher Benum

ESL Instructor | Highline College

Language Training for Immigrants and Refugees / Workplace ESL

Christopher works at Highline Community College and Northwest Seafood Processors and plans to use the award to develop a website for Workplace ESL and classroom supplies. We’re glad to help in this endeavor and look forward to hearing about its progress. Workplace ESL is particularly fragmented in this area and we hope that a website can help others teaching in this arena support each other.

2012 Recipients


Diane Mora

ELL Instructional Specialist at UMKC/RPDC

Insterested in the social justice aspect of teaching

A 2007 graduate, who has worked in China and has been teaching in an adult education program in Kansas for the past several years. Diane uses a variety of technology to increase learning opportunities with her students. She uses GoogleVoice to allow students to call in and record homework assignments in her pronunciation class, uses an iPad to record in class, and an application called “Educreations” to telestrate and narrate worksheets and lessons. Diane plans to use the award to purchase an additional notebook device so that she can continue to use these technology tools to reach more students.

Elizabeth Dickie

Freelance English Instructor

Interested in resources for large, multi-level classes for older students

a 2009 graduate, has been working in Germany in a variety of settings and is now a freelance English instructor. She will use her award to further her professional development by attending area workshops, purchasing relevant teacher resources, and attending a regional conference. She is particularly interested in resources for large, multi-level classes for older students. We are very pleased to be able to contribute to Elizabeth’s plans for further development her knowledge and expertise.

2011 Recipients

Anne Heil

2nd grade teacher at Escuela Campo Alegre

Anne is from Viewlands Elementary School, Seattle. Anne recently completed her ELL Endorsement here. Anne will use the funds to purchase lightly-used copies of the Oxford Pictionary Dictionary. The school library is trying to build resources for use in its literacy program and these materials will be a helpful addition. Anne also hopes to obtain some manipulative materials to help scaffold for beginning readers and writers.


Natasha Zahn-Pristas

ABE Staff | Kodiak College

Natasha works for Kodiak Adult Education, Kodiak, Alaska. Natasha completed her certificate in 1997 and recently returned via online classes to complete the Advanced Certificate. Natasha will use the funds to purchase a Kindle reader and content for her adult students. Finding engaging and accessible reading material for adult learners is always a challenge and this is a way technology can provide access more affordably.

2010 Recipients

Julianna Chen

2008 TESOL Certificate graduate, Casa Latina, Seattle, to purchase realia material for the adult education program.

Michelle Huse

2010 ELL Endorsement graduate, Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Seattle, to purchase take-home reading material for students.

Natasha Zahn Pristas

1997 TESOL Certificate graduate, current Advanced Certificate student, Kodiak Adult Education program, to purchase beginning to advanced level books with CDs for a lending library.