Meet Our Faculty: Ms. Riggs

The teachers and staff members at St. Paul Preparatory share a love of cultures and education. We come from diverse backgrounds and share our unique talents and experiences with our school community. We truly care about our students and take joy in helping them reach their full potential.

Meet Liz Riggs from our ESL Department.

Faculty Profile, Liz Riggs

ESL Department

Liz Riggs

  • Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting
  • Favorite book: At the moment, The Tipping Point
  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite food: Anything sour and gummy

What’s something cool about ESL?

ESL support helps students to access academic content and engage in complex discussions in a non-native language.

What do you do when you’re not working at SPP?

When I’m not teaching, I’m usually watching Homeland, reading, or practicing yoga.

How did you spend your summer?

I spent most of my summer outdoors—boating, running, sitting around the bonfire, swimming, and BBQing.

Where is the best place you’ve ever lived or visited and why?

I recently had a fantastic trip to Taishan, a city in China’s Guangdong province. It was incredible to travel with a friend to her hometown and get an insider’s perspective on life in a rural part of China.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?

I loved the opportunity of working with CBS News during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

If you could give one piece of advice about life, what would it be?

Be genuine.

What do you find fascinating?

I love news and current events.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?

I would kayak Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.

What was your favorite school subject in high school?

My favorite class in high school was AP Psychology. I later became a TA for other sections of the course.

If you weren’t teaching, what job would you want?

If I wasn’t teaching, I’d be writing.

Have you ever experienced culture shock? When and how did you deal with it?

I’ve experienced culture shock a number of times—at immersion camps and when travelling internationally. I’ve coped by acknowledging that culture shock is a universal feeling for people who find themselves in unfamiliar settings. And it’s made me more empathetic as a teacher who works with many students who are new to the country.

Tell me something interesting or unique about yourself.

In my teaching career, I’ve worked with students as young as five and as old as sixty.

Learn more about Ms. Riggs and St. Paul Preparatory Faculty and Staff.


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