Louise Borden is an experienced educator with over 25 years working as an ESOL teacher and program coordinator at the primary, secondary and college level. She has worked with students of all ages and backgrounds. Louise pursued her undergraduate degree in Russian at Vanderbilt University and obtained her MS Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Louise founded Best Fit Edu in order to provide individualized instruction to her students to help them achieve their language and academic goals, something she was not able to do in a classroom setting. She has expanded Best Fit Edu's individualized approach to include personalized guidance through the college selection and admissions process. She is delighted to have built a team of professionals to work with so that each student receives comprehensive services that fit his or her needs. Louise is an associate member of the IECA and WACAC.
Deb Borden has been an educator and administrator in Independent Schools for over 30 years, most recently in the role of Associate Head of School and Head of Middle School at a prestigious private school outside of Philadelphia. During her career, she has had experience at the Early Childhood, Lower, Middle, and High School levels. Deb received her college degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana and her Master’s in Education from Cabrini College, Radnor, Pennsylvania. She is excited to be part of Best Fit Edu as an educational consultant at this stage in her professional career. Deb prides herself on building close relationships with her students and their families, and she looks forward to applying her skills to guide students on their educational journeys. In addition to a career in education, she has had extensive training and experience in service learning and diversity work, and is a founding member of a non-profit that connects youth to volunteerism. Deb lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Deb is an associate member of the IECA
Peggy has been teaching English as a Second Language at a community college for almost 12 years. Before that, she had some interesting careers, including Corporate Trainer at Princess Cruises, Spacecraft Scheduler for the European Space Agency at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Configuration Specialist at St. Jude Medical. Her true passion was found, however, when she realized her calling to teach English as a Second Language. Peggy studied Art history and Italian language for a year in Florence, Italy. She feels that this commitment connects her teaching to the struggles that her students experience each day – it is difficult to learn a new language! She is so happy she finally found the career that suits her and excited to join Best Fit Edu. Peggy received her B.A in Liberal Studies from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; her TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate from University of California, Los Angeles, Extension; her master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language from University of Southern California. When not teaching, Peggy spends her time searching for information on how to be a better teacher, and easier ways for her students to understand English. She also enjoys baking, and traveling with her husband, Paul.
As an editor, writer, and writing coach with nearly 30 years of experience in academic, education nonprofit, and newspaper settings, Amy is thrilled to work with Best Fit Edu. She has had a lifelong passion for international cultures and languages, and she understands how to guide writers from the germ of their idea to the finished product. Amy pursued her undergraduate degree in French and English literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and subsequently received a Master’s in International Journalism from the University of Southern California. After a decade working as a journalist for news organizations including the Orange County Register, Boston Globe, and Monitor Radio, Amy served as communications director for an educational nonprofit organization in Cambridge, MA. In editing their books and newsletter, she coached public school educators to write and publish articles describing their practice. In recent years, Amy has merged her editing experience and interest in all things international as language editor for the prestigious European journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, polishing the scientific and technical writing of non-native English speakers prior to publication of their articles.
Martha Schermerhorn is a professional artist who has exhibited nationally for over 25 years. Her work has won recognition in the form of prizes, grant awards, artist residencies and private sales. She nurtures the artistic skills and talents of others through workshops and classes with adults and middle schoolers, and high school honors art classes as a guest artist. While she pursues photography, painting, and multi-media, three-dimensional art, her passion and principle focus is Artists Books. Schermerhorn holds a certificate in Graphic Arts and a visual arts BS. She makes her home in Rochester, NY and has two adult children. www.mostlyartistsbooks.com