SLI Faculty and Staff

Ed Egerdahl, director and Norwegian instructor

In 1978, Edward Egerdahl founded the Norwegian Language Learning Center, and has served as board president and director of the Scandinavian Language Institute since its incorporation in 1980.

Ed graduated in 1977 from the Scandinavian Department of the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Norwegian Language and Literature, and Education.  Ed has been teaching Norwegian language classes professionally at various locations in the Seattle area since 1978.  Read more about Ed on the next page.  Ed Egerdahl

** In addition to classroom duties, Ed leads tours to Scandinavia each summer.  These journeys feature small groups traveling by private coach "boldly going where no tourist bus dares to venture".  A unique "Field-Trip"-of-a-lifetime is the fun result.  Contact Ed at (425) 771-5203 or e-mail us for details about "Norway, The Land of the Midnight Sun".

 Randy Nelson, Swedish instructor   

    Randy Nelson has a Master’s Degree in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the University of Washington.  He has taught Swedish through the University of Washington Distance Learning and at Seattle’s Swedish Club.  Randy has lived and worked in Lund, Malmö and Härnösand, Sweden and Vejle, Denmark.  He has studied in Tampere, Finland and traveled in Norway and Iceland.   He enjoys working on Saab automobiles and currently does research on Scandinavian laborers of the early 20th century in the American West.  Randy is on the faculty at South Seattle College.
“I particularly enjoy teaching adult learners beginning Swedish.”
For the beginner’s class we will be using Laura Wideburg’s Swedish: the Basics.
For the more advanced class we will use mostly contemporary materials.

 Randy Nelson har fått MA i Scandinavian Languages and Literature från University of Washington.  Han har jobbat som lärare hos University of Washington Distance Learning och Seattles Svenska klub.  Randy har bott och jobbat i Lund, Malmö, och Härnösand i Sverige och Vejle i Danmark.  Han har studerat i Tammerfors i Finland och rest i Norge och Island. Han tycker om att pyssla med Saab bilar och forskar om Nordiska arbetare i Nordamerikas väst under nittonhundratalet.  Randy är lärare hos South Seattle College.

Melissa Lucas, Danish instructor
         Hi Everyone!  My name is Melissa, and I’ll be teaching Danish in the spring.  I come from Michigan, but I’ve lived in Seattle for around ten years.  I learned Danish when I lived in Denmark as a student.  In             February, I received my PhD in Scandinavian Studies from UW.  I love to teach Danish, and I’ve done so at UW and SLI for around eight years.  The beginners will especially focus on practical conversation             and day-to-day subjects.  The class is interactive, and we practice dialogues often.  The continuing students have the opportunity to talk about their favorite topics, and we will try to focus on these subjects          during the class.  All students also learn to read and write.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

             Hej alle sammen!  Jeg hedder Melissa, og jeg underviser i dansk om foråret.  Jeg kommer fra Michigan, men jeg har boet i Seattle i omkring ti år.  Jeg lærte dansk, da jeg  boede i Danmark  som                        studerende.  I februar fik jeg min ph.d i skandinaviske studier fra UW.  Jeg elsker at undervise i dansk, og har gjort det på UW og SLI i omkring otte år.  Begyndere fokuserer især på praktiske samtaler                om daglige emner.  Kursen er interaktiv, og vi øver dialoger ofte.  De vidergående har mulighed for at snakke om deres yndlingsemner, og vi prøver at fokuserer på disse emner i kursen.  Alle                                studerende får undervisning i at læse og at skrive.  Jeg glæder mig at se jer snart!


Laurie Egerdahl, Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper

I am Ed's wife and partner in the "behind the scenes" at SLI. I am also of Norwegian heritage and enjoy learning the language and  culture of Norway. My jobs include bookkeeper, manager of email addresses and student database, website updates, and tour assistant.
Glenn Eriksen, vice president - board of directors