Summary

As Founder and Director of Syntactics English, I provide training to professionals who use English as a second language. An English language trainer for nearly 15 years, my clients have included senior leaders in multinational corporations, small business owners and entrepreneurs, a global professional services firm, military officers and civil servants, and business-to-business magazine publishers.

Clients appreciate my ability to understand their unique needs and deliver customized training for English language acquisition - whether for work, travel or networking - with a focus on cross-cultural understanding. My training empowers individuals to be confident when using English in their personal and professional lives.

Fluent in French, I earned my M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from The New School. While I have worked as an English as a Second Language trainer in Pakistan, Germany, Czech Republic and the United States, I currently provide training online to individuals worldwide.

Work History

Work History
2014 - 2015

Founder // Professional Language Trainer

Syntactics English

Provide targeted, effective online English language training to professionals with a focus on professional English; conduct assessments and needs evaluations; create personalized learning plans and provide regular progress checks; develop appropriate curriculum to support language acquisition and promote confidence; manage online platform, client engagement, marketing and weekly newsletter to over 1,000 subscribers; stay current with language teaching pedagogy via membership with TESOL International Association and industry-related conferences.

2013 - 2014

Deputy Director

Mentora College

Conducted the day-to-day operations of Mentora College in Washington D.C., which provides courses in English as a Second Language to university-age students and adults; managed 20+ administrative and ESL teaching staff; provided teacher training; led academic programming and ESL curriculum design; conducted diagnostic assessments and needs evaluations for language learners; successfully brought school into compliance for accreditation with The Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA).

2010 - 2012

English Language Specialist

AMB English Language Services

Conducted classroom and interactive online classes for 25 long-term graduate students and business professionals learning and enhancing English skills. Analyzed individual needs to design appropriate curriculums. Guided professionals in best practices for developing presentations for international audiences. Advised international students on academic standards in the United States. Edited papers.

  • Provided private instruction to support development of cross-cultural communication competencies.
  • Identified needs to advise clients on additional resources and available community services.
2007 - 2010

Opportunity@Work Director & Research Coordinator

Voices for Children in Nebraska

Initiated and directed the statewide collaborative, Opportunity@Work, with over 20 stakeholders to address policy change and share best practices. Trained and managed 2 staff members. Oversaw budget, directed grant reporting and renewal. Conducted feasibility studies and secured grant funding to grow organizational staff and develop new programs. 

  • Raised public and private funds to implement Opportunity@Work and create new position within the organization. Efforts led to the implement new statewide programs, the Open Sky Policy Institute and the Nebraska Independent Development Account (IDA’s) Program.
  • Recruited stakeholders with a persistent, positive, and persuasive presentation style and a talent forbuilding consensus. 
  • Oversaw program implementation and provided guidance for administration, management and operations.
  • Testified before the state legislature on policies related to education and economic well-being.
  • A popular guest lecturer, invited frequently to colleges and organizations.
2006 - 2010

Research Coordinator

Voices for Children in Nebraska

Coordinated organizational research programs providing high-quality data and trend analysis for the Nebraska branch of the national state-by-state Kids Count project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Supervised additional research staff and providing final editing assistance on research publications.  Managed extensive research database containing over 300 data indicators collected over 15 years.

  • Planned and conducted informative and engaging presentations at multiple statewide events to promote programs and increase awareness and visibility.
  • Effectively used qualitative and quantitative research methods to publish reports outlining the success of projects and policies.
2003 - 2005

Language Educator

ISL Sprachschule

Designed curriculum, provided instruction in English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and assisted in international negotiations for clients from multi-national corporations including DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Telekom, and Molex. 

2002 - 2003

Corporate Language Teacher

Caledonian Langauge School

Designed curriculum, provided instruction in English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and assisted in international negotiations for clients from multi-national corporations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Philip Morris International, and the Czech National Bank.

1999 - 2002

Counseling Supervisor

Child Saving Institute

Counseled and planned activities for foster care children between foster homes.

1999 - 1999

Educator and Development Worker

International English Language Institute

Assessed language and professional needs, designed culturally-appropriate curriculum, and provided language instruction to Afghan female refugees.  Assisted local NGOs with addressing and meeting the needs of local refugee communities.

1996 - 1997

Educator and Development Worker

International English Language Insitute

Assessed language and professional needs, designed culturally-appropriate curriculum, and provided language instruction to Afghan female refugees.  Assisted local NGOs with addressing and meeting the needs of local refugee communities.

Education

Education
Aug 2011 - Present

Master of Arts

The New School

The New School is renowned for challenging its students to bring about good in the world.  This focus on social justice combined with a penchant for considering the cultural and global impacts of the role of the English language was the primary reason for my choosing The New School for my post-graduation education.

With the MA TESOL program, I have studied practical applications of teaching English in a global environment, displayed aptitude for curriculum design, researched the social and political challenges of the growing field, and met demands in building bridges for cross-cultural communication and language advancement.

Oct 2011 - Oct 2012

U.S. Defense Language Institute
Sep 1996 - May 2001

Bachelor of Arts

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Langauges

French (Advanced)

German (Fair)

Certifications

Certifications
2001 - Present

Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate

University of Nebraska at Omaha
2011 - 2012

U.S. Defense Language Institute - Advanced French

U.S. Defense Language Institute

Accolades

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Representative Lee Terry of Nebraska - 2010

Top 40 Under 40 Award Winner from Midlands Business Journal - 2009

Presentations

Fowler, Annemarie, "Creating a Culture of Prosperity"

Social Impact Forum

Creighton University - Omaha, Nebraska

February 2010

Fowler, Annemarie, "Asset Development Efforts in Your Community"

Get on Board - Financial Stability Conference

Omaha, Nebraska

July 2009

Publications

Huddleston-Casas, Catherine, Annemarie Bailey Fowler, and John Bailey, “Family Bottom Line,” Opportunity@Work Coalition, April 2009

Fowler, Annemarie Bailey and Nino Krilova, “Kids Count in Nebraska,” Voices for Children in Nebraska, 2009

Fowler, Annemarie Bailey and Tiffany Seibert, “Kids Count in Nebraska,” Voices for Children in Nebraska, 2007 and 2008

Fowler, Annemarie Bailey, “Kids Count in Nebraska,” Voices for Children in Nebraska, 2006

Fowler, Annemarie Bailey and Sarah Ann Lewis, “Spare Some Change: An Account of the Nebraska Juvenile Justice and Children’s Behavioral Health Systems,” Voices for Children in Nebraska, 2007

Fowler, Annemarie Bailey, “Girls in Real Life Report,” Voices for Children in Nebraska, 2006