Teaching English as a Second Language


  • Successful and self-confident in classroom teaching building on a 30 year career in company formation, strategic planning consulting, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs consulting, and patent awarded.
  • Strong practical and theoretical background in developing and selecting appropriate English as a second language-business school curriculum and business reading teaching materials.
  • Experience teaching English to diverse learners in various academic settings and overseas environments.
  • Experience in developing and refining curriculum for ESL business classes.
  • Avid foreign language learner, fluent in German, Swedish, French, proficient in Spanish

Master of Arts in English, TESOL Option (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) California State University East Bay, Hayward CA in progress
Masters Thesis:  Engaging English Learners in Botanical Garden Conservation
Certificate in TESOL, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
Certificate in Non Profit Management , UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA
MBA, Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, Arizona State Univ., Glendale, AZ
Bachelor of Arts , UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Junior Year Abroad Graduate cum laude, Lund, Sweden
San Francisco Art Institute, 30 units in fine arts

English as a Second Language Instructor
American Language Program, California State University East Bay,  Hayward, CA
Developmental English for ESL students   Jan 2015- present
Pre-MBA Program for International Students   Jan 2015 – present
Napa Valley College, Napa, CA
Advanced ESL and College Prep for foreign born wine growers    Jan 2016 – present
English Language Center, Pittsburg, CA
Beginning ESL             August  – December 2015
Intensive English Program, Diablo Valley Community College, Pleasant Hill, Intermediate and advanced ESL for Foreign students        August  – December  2014
Teaching Assistant     Alameda Community College, Alameda, CA
Developmental English for ESL students                   August – December 2013
ESL & English Tutor
Diablo Valley Homestay, Pleasant Hill, CA       October 2015 – Present
American Language Program, CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA
Created and developed curriculum for two new content classes, Understanding Business and Pre-MBA Program Case Studies.  Understanding Business requires students to write a Silicon Valley business plan for their own company after studying the business literature for innovative business models.  Case Studies utilizes local and foreign enterprises to teach the revenue generation strategies required to manage a global business using critical thinking, comparative writing, and marketing materials creation.
Testing and Assessment
IEC Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA

Holistically scored CSU English Placement Exams August – December 2014

Northern Regional CATESOL Conference Committee Member April 2016
Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA
Proposal reader and networking coordinator for the CATESOL conference.

California Writers Club, Napa Valley Chapter Member Speaker2014 and 2016
California Veterans Home Guide to the Arboretum2014
Northern California Commonwealth Club2014
US Department of Energy online guide to Data Centers 2011 – 2015
US General Services Agency Quickguide to DC Energy 2009 – 2011
Against the Grain V. 22 Issue 6: Practicing Sustainable Environmental Solutions: A Call for Green Policy in Academic Libraries 2010
Blogger: GrovesGreenIT (3 years)2009 – 2012
Journalist: Computer Weekly (Asia regional monthly magazine)1981 – 1985
Advisory Board, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
Member, TESOL – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Member, CATESOL – California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Member, APGA, American Public Garden Association
HONORS AND AWARDS: Certificates of Appreciation
Project READ, Redwood City Library, Redwood City CA2005 – 2008
Board Member, Redwood City Education
1999 – 2003
Principal, DebGrove.com, Napa, CA, 2011 – Present  Strategic consulting services to support missions of Bay Area organizations, including Napa Valley Museum, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Global Center for Success, and California Veterans Home, Yountville
Mentored organizational change by redefining longterm goals
Provided social media analytics recommendations in support of fundraising goals
Augmented social media strategies with blogging and twitter partnerships
Principal, Grove-Associates LLC, Partial Client List       2007–2011
New England Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP)
Pacific Gas & Electric, San Francisco, CA
SAP Consultant, Design Services, Office of the CEO 2005–2006US Department of Energy and 
US General Services Administration
Uptime Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Founder/Director, Introplus, Redwood City  2000 – 2005  an early social media site              

Managing Director, IDC ASIA, Hong Kong     1983-1988
Launched Asia’s first IT industry analyst firm, acquired by IDC. Managed operations in eight countries, grew revenues by 300% during the first 18 months, organized transition from a boutique firm to a global multinational subsidiary.