Professor Kristyn Kidney is originally from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of southeastern Tennessee; although, her teaching career has taken her all over the world. After working in Japan for two years, she pursued her master’s degree in TESOL. During her studies, she taught with an intensive English Language Institute, working with college students on the fast track to language proficiency. After completing her master’s, she taught elementary ESL for Knox County public schools for a couple of years. In 2008, she moved to Portland where she had the privilege of teaching community refugees, immigrants, and international university students. She loves teaching English, not because she loves English, but because she loves students. Teaching allows her to serve students, build and establish relationships, and engage in cross-cultural dialogue. At Multnomah University she delights in the privilege of mentoring English language teachers during their season of study and preparation.