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Brenda Anfinson

English as a Second Language Instructor- MN K-12 ESL License

Work experience

May 2013Present

ESL Instructor

Hmong American Partnership

Instruct ESL and numeracy classes for recent-arrival refugees and immigrants

Design and implement beginning and intermediate-level curricula

Manage student data and assessments

Nov 2011Jul 2015

EL Civics Instructor

South Suburban ABE

Instructed ESL and Civics classes

Designed learner-centered Civics curricula

Taught 21st-century digital skills

Mar 2008May 2013

ELL Instructor/Curriculum Lead

Neighborhood House

Led ESL and digital literacy classes for adult refugees and immigrants

Designed curricula for four levels of ESL classes and GED classes

Scheduled field trips and speakers

Mentored volunteers and practicum students

Sep 2005Jun 2008

Teacher/Special Education Paraprofessional

Saint Paul Public Schools

Assisted special education and ELL students

Monitored and redirect student behavior

Taught high school ELL and ELL Social Studies classes


Dec 2008

MA Education

University of St. Thomas

Minnesota K-12 ESL License (current)

Teacher Quality Enhancement (TQE) Fellow

May 2003

BA Spanish and Anthropology

Luther College

Paideia Research Award, 2000


Professional Development

Presented at ABE Summer Institute 2009-2014

MinneTESOL Adult Interest Section Leader 2012-2014

Curriculum Development

Civics, ELL/ESL levels 0-6, GED

Multilevel Instruction

Over 10 years experience teaching in multilevel classrooms


Exchange Student at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, Fall 2001

Trauma-Informed Care

Experience working with asylum-seekers and torture survivors

Volunteered at the Advocates for Human Rights (2003-2004)