About the Author, Karen Batchelor


Karen Batchelor After two years in South Korea serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, Karen Batchelor began teaching adult ESL at City College of San Francisco in 1975. Since then, she completed an M.A. and has continued working at City College. In 1991, she transferred to the credit division of the college and works with students who intend to earn a degree. She has also taught remedial English and freshman composition at local universities.

In addition to her ESL teaching, Karen is also a teacher trainer. Since 1985, she has trained teachers at UC Berkeley extension, University of San Francisco,
“This semester I am again using Murder at Ocean View College in my ESL 140 classes at City College of San Francisco. One of my students was sitting in the hall and she saw Ms. Batchelor walk by. I heard the student say, "Who's the killer?" Karen laughed and the student continued. "I can't stop reading this book. It's so exciting!"

I hear those kind of comments often about this book. Students generally like it.”

— Bill Shoaf, ESL instructor, City College of San Francisco
San Francisco State University and Sonoma State University. During summers she often works as an academic specialist for the U.S. State Department and in this capacity has traveled to many countries including Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. In the summer of 2006, she returned to South Korea as a teacher trainer after having been away from the country for more than thirty years.

Although teaching pays the rent, Karen also is a writer. She has published poetry, professional articles, short stories and co-authored eight ESL textbooks, four of which are still in print — The English Zone, books 1-4, currently published by AGS Globe. Murder at Ocean View College was written to encourage ESL and remedial students to become readers, a necessity for study in college.

Karen has been commended on several occasions for her classroom expertise. She was profiled in a local newspaper in 1987 as one of ten outstanding Bay Area educators, and has been listed twice in Who’s Who among American Teachers. Nominations are made by honor students who choose their most influential teacher. Only 5% of teachers is ever listed in Who’s Who and only 2% is listed more than once.

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