Although born in Toronto, Maureen happily calls Vancouver, and its surrounding mountains and ocean, home. Maureen has worked as an ESL/EFL teacher at the elementary and high school level for twenty-four years. During her teaching career she has actively sought out overseas experiences as a way to enrich her life and inform her teaching. In addition to working in Japan, Germany and Cuba she most recently (2003-20005) spent a remarkable two years in Vietnam working with WUSC in training teachers of English at Hong Duc University. In her free time she loves outdoor pursuits, yoga and writing travelogues. In 2011, Maureen and her husband John lived and worked in Wamrong where Maureen taught English to grades 7 and 8 students at Wamrong LSS.