The Garden of English began as a simple classroom name that was meant to break up the monotony of the school day for students. Scholars wouldn't have to go to "English Class"; they would go to the GOE.
Fast forward a few years, and the husband-and-wife duo of Timm and Jen contemplated starting a YouTube channel that offered instructional content at the premium price of FREE! Harnessing Jen's expertise with media production and relations, and pairing it with Timm's charisma, the pair started the YouTube channel that has helped countless students and teachers world-wide.
Along the way, Timm has met many other awesome people that he cherishes as his friends who have inspired and helped him to become a better teacher, better colleague, and better man. You'll meet many of them below. From his high school English teacher to the former director of English content for the College Board, Timm (and Jen) are thrilled to work with everyone who is willing to be part of our production team.
The entire team has multiple decades of collective AP®* Language and AP®* Literature teaching experience, and far more involvement in general English instruction. Timm, Brandon, and Lauren authored the AMSCO Language and Composition text book, and Brandon was the senior author for the AMSCO Literature text book. Scott has written curriculum for SparkNotes, Beth Hall runs her popular YouTube channel, and all of the many on the team have worked with multiple other education companies and initiatives.
At the GOE, as a team we believe that we don't teach English (or any other subject for that matter); rather, we teach students: living, breathing, thoughtful humans.
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Timm Freitas founded the Garden of English and is the senior consultant. Always willing to help, all you need to do is reach out.
Who's the best in the English business? Brandon Abdon. The GOE is lucky to have him as its primary Lit consultant!
If you've ever wanted to meet Gandalf, but then realized he doesn't exist, you're in luck. Scott Diesenhaus is a grand wizard of learning and can easily take Gandalf's place in the English realm. Scott is an independent consultant for the GOE.
Jen is a social media guru. In fact, if you've ever connected with the GOE online, it's probably because of her incredible efforts. Probably the most-behind-the-scenes member of the team, she also deserves the greatest amount of credit for running the show.
Lauren is the brains behind much of Timm's current work (especially with Perfection Learning). They became friends when co-authoring a book and they haven't looked back since. She's an amazing teacher and is one of the GOE's independent consultants.
If you've been around the AP® English Youtube Block, you've visited Coach Hall Writes! The GOE is blessed to have her as one of its independent tutors.
Crystal and Timm met many years ago at a lit teacher training. Since then they have worked together on numerous occasions as consultants for multiple education initiatives. Crystal's energy and knowledge base is incredibly contagious and engaging. Crystal is another one of the GOE's independent consultants.
Originally a student in the GOE, Kennedy has become it's--almost--exclusive artist. Kennedy has designed every poster for the GOE, most of the t-shirts, and even made the Mosaic Conference design on her own.