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Empress          Zaria

Karen aka Empress Zaria is a returnee to Jamaica after 20 years of teaching English to children and adults in the USA, China, and most recently, Cameroon, Africa.

Karen was one of only 200 U.S.citizens selected for the 2022-2023 English Language Fellow Program where she conducted research, facilitated professional development workshops that model the use of Project Based Learning via blended learning technologies, developed a language lab, and organized events and conferences for Cameroon’s English Language & Literature Teachers Association, CAMELA..  


The results of Ms Francis' research was presented during the Technology Enhanced Language Learning Conference in Cameroon; January 27-29, 2023 and it is based upon that research that she is now working with communities in Jamaica to to facilitate cultural and historical ed-ventures for personal development and English language development. 

Due to the complexities inherent in these projects, experienced teachers like Ms. Francis, who represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community, are in great demand and highly sought after.   


English Language Fellows are counted among the more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fellow Program is administered by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University.

Learn more about Empress via her YouTube channel, Empress Diaries.

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