Maureen spent three
and a half very happy years in Thailand, first as a Peace Corps
volunteer teaching English at what was then the College of Education,
Bangsaen (now a university), and then as a Peace Corps trainer.
Since leaving Thailand, she has done teacher education and taught
EFL, ESL, English for Academic Purposes, technical writing, business
English, and developmental writing and reading-in Kuwait, Iran,
Morocco, and the United States-and has been the assistant director
of an immigrant and refugee agency's learning center in Hawaii.
After leaving Thailand in 1973, she attended the University of Hawaii
and received her M.A. in ESL in 1975. That year, she went to Kuwait
to teach English in Kuwait University's Faculty of Engineering.
She spent five and a half years there, with a one-year interruption
in Tehran in 1976-1977.
In 1982, she returned to Hawaii, and several years later, married
Burmese man who I had the good fortune to meet." She and her
husband left Hawaii in 1991 and moved to Jersey City, NJ; Denver;
and Ithaca, NY, before settling in Watsonville, in Santa Cruz County,
Maureen now commutes to San Jose State University, where she has
been a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Language Development