Chat Group Leaders

Lioudmila Mayhew- Russian
My name is Lioudmila Mayhew. I was born and raised in Russia. I am taking a great pride to share with anyone who is interested in the knowledge of my native language and history of my country.
About 250 million people around the world speak Russian . It is one of the five official languages of the United  Nations, and ranks as the major languages along with Chinese, English, Spanish and Hindi.
Russia can claim  a long tradition of dividend in many aspects of the arts, especially  when it comes to literature and philosophy, classical music  and ballet, architecture and paintings, cinema and politics, science which all had considerable influence on the  world culture. My passion is a literature, classical music and jazz, ballet and figure skating,, theatre  and cinema, paintings. I am currently working as an esthetician at The Spa at The Inn at Langley.
Sarah Rodden- German

My name is Sarah Rodden and I’m a senior at South Whidbey High School. I was an exchange student last year in Austria; I lived with a host family and went to a local high school there and was fully immersed in German. Something that I found very interesting about the Austrian culture was the importance of family. My host family and I would always have three meals a day together and special brunches on the weekends that we would prepare together. Also my host grandmother lived very near and would come over at least three times a week for things as little as an afternoon coffee or a meal.  I was also very humbled at my host family’s immediate warmth and acceptance of me into their family and always making me feel welcome. It truly feels like I have another family on the other side of the world. I was interested in leading the german chat group because I thought it would be a good way to keep up my skills with the language and help other people with what I’ve learned!

Jack Fackerell- Hebrew

Hebrew is an ancient and rich language  of more than three thousand years which is spoken in modern Israel today!  I have studied Hebrew since I was five years old. Later I took courses in the language at the University of Washington and at Ulpan Etzion in Jerusalem. I was fortunate to live in Israel for a few years and to teach in the Negev desert.  I received my Masters in Jewish Education and  at the heart of those studies were courses in Hebrew literature and traditional texts. I am still a student of Hebrew language and I very much feel privileged to share the language with others who enjoy learning it! I am grateful to the Northwest Language Academy for  the opportunity to  practice Hebrew language.

Anna Wang-Mathieson-Japanese
Hi my name is Anna Wang-Mathieson. I am a  certified peri operative  RN  retired from UCLA Medical Center but am still currently practicing at WHMC.
My husband and I retired and moved here to Whidbey Island  two years ago.  The island reminds me of Hokkaido where I grew up as a little girl. My mother is from Ebetsu-Shi . I also lived in Okinawa.
I originally was seeking a social activity for my elderly mother (who lives with me during the spring to early autumn ) when I reached out to PNW. I currently am assisting the organization in leading a Japanese Chat group.