Deborah Susan Frisch


A Brooklyn girl, Deborah finished her master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language in the mid-seventies, just when the New York City schools were laying off all new teachers. As a result, she found and lost three jobs in two years.
During her years of study, her mother, uncle and aunt, the people she was closest to, all fell victim to cancer and passed away. What to do now? Deborah decided to take off for Cancún, Mexico. She had been there at the beginning of the construction, and she knew that many of the residents of this brand-new city wanted to study English. There she founded a language school that that served the working community for twenty-five years.
After thirteen years in Cancún, Deborah and her young son had many reasons for leaving the school under the direction of others and returning to the states—they chose Berkeley, California, and are delighted with the vibrant multicultural community they found.
Over the last decade Deborah has developed and published games and supplementary materials for learning languages. She presents at teachers’ conferences, often with prize-winning bilingual children’s author Rene Colato Lainez. She also teaches ESL to a great crowd of UC Berkeley’s Visiting Scholars and others at Albany Adult School, and at SF’s Academy of Art University. And she writes.
Deborah is an active member of the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club, the Kid Lit critique group, and a hiking group, the Newtniks.

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A Mango for the Teacher: Running the Beach and Running a School in Cancun's Early Days
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,120. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
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Deborah, a spirited young teacher of English as a Second Language, flees NYC's ’70 fiscal crisis, heading for Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. Her destination? A small hamlet/construction camp adjoining a spectacular undeveloped beach: Cancún. Hilarious experiences follow harrowing ones as a class for four becomes a school for four hundred. Then come love, adventure and misadventure too.

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