Wendy Ilott (B.Ed.,dip TESL, M.Ed) was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She started her career as an elementary school music teacher but quickly transitioned to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). She has been teaching ESL for over 20 years. She started her career in Italy, moved to Japan and then returned home to teach newcomers in Canada. At the curriculum design level, Wendy has written over 150 courses and designed two major programs. She also co-authored the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language curriculum guide.