A year abroad in the early 2000s sparked a love of culture in Dr. King. After her return from Southeast
Asia, she shifted her focus to TESOL and went back to school at the University of North Carolina in
Charlotte to earn her teaching license and Masters of Arts in Teaching TESOL. From there, Dr. King
taught for several years at both the middle and high school level before going back to school to earn her
doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in Urban Education & TESOL. During that time, she taught
ESL in both an Intensive English Program at UNCC and at Central Piedmont Community College. In
addition, she served as the faculty supervisor for TESOL teaching candidates.
She has presented her research and conducted teacher workshops at such venues as International TESOL, Georgia TESOL, Carolina TESOL, AERA, and several local education agencies. Dr. King joined Greensboro College as an adjunct instructor in 2014 and was named to the full-time faculty in 2016. Since joining the faculty at Greensboro College, Dr. King has worked to create a licensure-plus MAT TESOL program and has designed new courses for the TESOL program such as Online Pedagogy and Course Development. She also serves as the university supervisor for students pursuing English or TESOL licensure. Her research interests include teacher perceptions of immigrant students, culturally responsive pedagogy, and the intersections of culture, literacy and the brain.
This post was written by Tom Saitta