Susan Gavin started an ESL consulting business after graduating from Northern Illinois University. For the next 14 years, she taught ESL to Japanese expatriates living in the Chicago area. She also spent time teaching ESL in Taiwan and Japan. Susan then used this experience in her work as a senior editor at Pearson Education, working on curriculum development in the Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading, and Digital Literacy departments. She is currently working in elementary education in the Chicago suburbs.