Gwen Bindas

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Gwen Bindas enjoys teaching at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee because it unites her background as a musician with her career as a teacher of writing and English as a second language (ESL).

When she teaches ESL, Bindas strives to create a classroom based on respect, a place where international students feel supported as they broaden their thinking, improve their English language skills, and grow as artists.

Career Highlights
  • Books of poetry publications include From My Time Along the Shore (1995), In This Place (2004), and Sometimes in Summer (2012)
  • Flute player with 22 years of study and performance experience
  • M.A., Northeastern University
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
In Their Own Words

"I want students to come away from my classes still thinking about what they've learned, how they've learned it, and the new questions that come up as a result. I seek to foster good working relationships; so above all, I want students to look forward to our next class together."

"In the 30 years I've been an English language teacher, I've continued to combine and expand my training in applied linguistics, rhetoric, composition studies, and literature. Professional development activities, from conferences to informal conversations with colleagues, keep me engaged and willing to take risks as a classroom teacher."