Monica Starkweather

Monica Starkweather


ESL Teacher

16 years experience

Team Member Bio:

Monica currently is a K-12 ESL teacher with a Master’s in curriculum and instruction and a Bachelor’s in journalism. She also has experience with at-risk and gifted students. Monica believes ALL students are academic language learners and benefit from strategies designed for ESL. Her passion for ESL is followed closely by all things techie. Monica also volunteers with Virginia TESOL, helping lead the org’s recent resurgence into K12. She has served on the board of directors as well as assisted with VATESOL conference planning, marketing, and newsletter editing. Monica enjoys expanding her skill set and networking on Twitter and always is on the lookout for new and relevant edubooks. She may have a sticker fetish (Who doesn’t love swag?!) and fully understands “geeking out” over educelebs. Monica ensures she has time with her husband, Mike, their 3 children, Anderson, Abigail and Archer plus two whippets, Remington and Mouse. She attributes and thanks God for all her blessings.

Favorite Quote:

  • "If we teach TODAY'S students as we taught YESTERDAY'S, we rob them of TOMORROW." John Dewey

Areas of Experience:

  • 9 years in 3rd grade, 2 years in 2nd grade, 5 years in ESL, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, ESL

Additional Experience:

  • Nonprofit org SCC status & by-laws as VP & President, graphic design, journalism

Teaching or Administrative Certifications:

  • Elementary, ESL


  • In progress: c12, Nearpod, Flocabulary

Speaking Experience:

  • Consulted with Caroline County schools on their ESL program
  • Presented the past 2 years at VATESOL and VESA