Kara Chambers has been teaching ESL since 1989. That’s over 20 years! She has taught at Mission College full-time since 2001 and is happy to call Mission her home. She has experience teaching all skill areas and levels of ESL – listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. She loves her job because she gets to work with people from different cultures and learn from them everyday
Ms. Chambers has experience traveling and living in other cultures. While a college student, she spent six months in Nepal and India, climbing mountains, learning about Tibetan Buddhism, and talking to the local people. Later while still in college, she lived in Italy. The years she was in Europe, 1989-1990, were a time of great political shifts and it was exciting to be present for the historic changes taking place.
Ms. Chambers adores traveling and has visited Thailand, Nepal, India, Ireland, England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, The Czech Republic, the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada. She has been to more than 35 of the 50 United States so far. She has not been to Africa, South America, or Australia, but would love to visit those places, too.
Ms. Chambers also loves to learn languages, because she loves words and because she loves to talk to people! She has studied Italian, French, Latin, German, Spanish, Vietnamese and American Sign Language.
Because Ms. Chambers has been through the experience of living in another country and has struggled herself to learn a new language and new culture, she has a lot of understanding and compassion for the feelings and experiences of her ESL students.
When she's not teaching, Ms. Chambers enjoys being with her family. She and her husband and son love to be outside: camping, hiking, swimming, biking, and playing. They also love to cook and eat great food with friends.