Lauren Flenniken is an English instructor at UC San Diego’s English Language Institute. She grew up in Southern California and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2001 and received a Master of Arts in English from California State University Long Beach in 2006. She began her teaching career as a high school English teacher in Jeju-do, South Korea where she taught for 3 years. After leaving South Korea, Flenniken taught collegiate level English courses for two years at Salalah College of Technology in the Sultanate of Oman. This will be her third year teaching English at UC San Diego’s English Language Institute where she specializes in teaching intermediate to advanced writing courses.