Instructor Profile

Suzy Nachtsheim, VIU English Language Centre


ESL Instructor

Favorite View from Campus:

The view of the campus, downtown, the ocean, and mountains from the Writing Centre in the library

Favorite music:

Folk (Yeah Peter, Paul, and Mary!)

Surprising fact about you:

I lived in Japan for 20 years, but my Japanese still sucks.

Things you collect:

Cartoons and funny photos to display on my office door


Nothing unique, but I like to read and cook. I like to play board games (Monopoly, Bananagrams, Clue, Risk, etc.) but it's hard to find partners. Anyone interested?

Unusual item in your office:

A flag that is half Canadian and half American (because I'm a dual citizen)

Favorite teaching memory:

Too many to choose just one!

Favorite quote:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Henry David Thoreau, Walden

What inspires your teaching?

The students who ask me questions that are hard to answer

Favorite food:


Fashion style:

Oh please. All my taste is in my mouth.

Favorite travel memory:

A week on Maui, in Hawaii. Mai tai cocktails never tasted so good.

Words of wisdom from teacher to ESL student:

This is something one of my high school teachers told me when I asked him for advice on how to study. He said that if you want to really learn something, imagine that you have to teach it. I think that's good advice for students of all ages.

I hope my students will be enthusiastic about learning English, open minded about other cultures and different ways of thinking, and kind to one another.