John Cloer, the 2013 Pinnacle Honor Society Scholarship winner, is a 42 year old rising senior working on his BA in English. In his application to the Pinnacle Honor Society he wrote, “I feel so fortunate to have found something I am passionate about. I have always loved teaching, but had not found my subject until I discovered ESL (English as a Second Language). Ini-tially, I was drawn to teaching ESL because of the opportunities for teaching abroad. I enjoy international travel and value new cultural ex-periences. As I learned more about ESL and its teaching methodology, I realized I had found the subject that suits the way I like to teach, which is a highly student-engaged, communicative style.”
In his role as a volunteer tutor at International House Charlotte, John enjoys working with adult stu-dents who are preparing for the English portion of their United States Citizenship test. He says, “It feels so good to be able to use my passion for teaching to help some-one achieve a goal like attaining citizenship. The students are highly motivated and enthusiastic about learning English and Civics, as many of them have been prepar-ing for this exam for years.”
Before becoming a full-time student, John spent much of his time playing acoustic gui-tar and writing songs with his wife Cate for their duo known as The Cloers. The Cloers have received many awards and honors for their music including: Best Singer-Songwriter, Charlotte Music Awards; Regional Artist Project Grant, ASC Arts and Science Council, Mecklenburg County; Artist Project Grant, United Arts Council, Catawba County; Artist Residency, Wilda-cres Retreat. In his capacity as a musician John supported the arts by serving on the board of directors for the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op and as a member of the Community Arts Grant Panel for ASC, the Arts and Science Council.
As owner and web designer for Cedar Web and Graphics, John currently holds the contract for the largest driver education school in North Carolina, serving Char-lotte and Raleigh. He also serves as an officer for the UNCC chapter of The International English Honor Socie-ty, Sigma Tau Delta, and carries a 4.0 GPA. After graduating from UNCC in December 2014, John plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics.