Photo of IEC lecturer Tom Germain
Assistant Teaching Professor

Tom Germain (He/Him) is an Instructor and Educational Technology Coordinator at the International English Center. He earned his MA TESOL degree from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, and his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Tom began his teaching career in 1995 in Tokyo, Japan. Since returning to Colorado in 2000, he has taught at intensive English programs in the Denver-Boulder area, but his favorite place to teach so far is the IEC! His professional areas of interest include student-centered learning, effective feedback, vocabulary building strategies, harnessing technology to promote learning, and finding ways to support authentic communication in the classroom. Currently, Tom is earning a second master’s degree in Instructional Design and Learning Design & Technology. He is also actively involved in CoTESOL ( He proudly served as CoTESOL’s  President in 2018 and he is currently the Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the organization. Tom has presented at CoTESOL, English USA, and other conferences, and he continues to build on his graduate research which applied principles of systems theory to the context of language learning. Tom enjoys being active and staying healthy. His hobbies include long-distance trail running, windsurfing, cycling, lap swimming, indoor rock climbing, learning languages, and writing, recording and playing music – lots of music – on the electric bass, piano, and drums.