New Employee Spotlight – Jean Sauvion

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Jean Sauvion

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the IESL (Intensive English as a Second Language) Student Advisor for International students in IESL levels 1-3 at Kent Campus. I have been working in International Education for over 15 years, both here and in the UK, and I love it. I taught ESL in London, Warsaw, Milan and Seattle, in traditional class room settings, and in summer camps. When an administrative role opened up and it was suggested I apply, I discovered I also enjoyed interacting with students in a different capacity and I haven’t looked back. I enjoy learning and embracing the new.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I knew about Green River, as my previous school had a relationship with Green River and I was always impressed by the staff’s responsiveness and care for their current students as well as prospective ones. On a tour of the college a few years ago, I was impressed with all the services and activities available to students, and the lively Student Life department.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to NPR and KEXP depending on my mood. I also have a few Flamenco CDs in my car, as I love Flamenco music and find it very relaxing. Sometimes I just want to be in the Flamenco zone.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first job I had was working for the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists as a life model. The artists worked mostly in charcoal and pastels. I learned the art of patience and endurance, and enjoyed seeing different approaches and styles.

What about your new position is most excited for you?
Working with students is very rewarding, and I enjoy my frequent meetings with them. The most exciting thing is seeing them grow and try new things, and knowing I may have played a part in that.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d like to be able to organize a volunteer fair at the Kent Campus for students who want to volunteer in and around Kent. A number of students have told me they want to be more involved, so I’d like to make this happen.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud of giving birth to 2 vivacious girls, performing in numerous plays, and for the positive ways I have been able to touch the lives of the colleagues I work with and students I serve.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Hmm… that’s a difficult one! ‘That lady over there’? – as the only IESL advisor in Kent, they all know who ‘that lady’ is. But typically, it’s just Jean.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Fancy footwork.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Global – Rewarding – Envisage – Enterprising — Nurture

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