SLI Faculty and Staff

    Ed Egerdahl, director and Norwegian instructor
    scandina@sliseattle.com

    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".

     
     Tom Johnson, Swedish instructor (NHM)
    tom_johnson_home@yahoo.com      

    A little bit about me: I was brought up in Massachusetts by Swedish parents. Mom, Brita, came from Mölndal, a city just outside of Göteborg on Sweden’s West Coast; Dad, Elmer, was from southern Västergötland. When I was a child I travelled home now and again to visit the family in Sweden. I still keep in contact through email and occasional trips during the summers. I am continuing to learn how Facebook works, which seems to be a great Mystery for me. Perhaps you all can eventually teach me about it so that I can keep in better contact with you all through social media apps, you who use Facebook and iPhones.

    En bit om mig själv: Jag uppfostrades i Massachusetts av svenska föräldrar. Mamma Brita kom ifrån Mölndal, just utanför Göteborg, och pappa Elmer från södra Västergötland. När jag var barn, åkte jag hem då och då att hälsa på familjen i Sverige. Jag håller ännu kontakt med kusinerna genom epost och tillfälliga resor under somrar. Jag håller på att lära mig hur det funkar med Facebook, som verkar vara en stor mysterium för mig. Kanske kan ni eventuellt lära mig det härså att jag kan hålla bättre kontakt med er genom socialmediaapplikationer, ni som använder Facebook och iPhoner.

            

    Margrét Sölvadóttir, Icelandic instructor (NHM)
    m_solvadottir@hotmail.com

    About me:
    I was born in Iceland 1945 and have lived there most of my life. Lived in Spain few years and moved to Seattle 2001.
    In 1991, I took Icelandic, English, Spanish and computer at a College in Iceland.
    I made a novel, published in Iceland 1989 and I had a radioshow the winter 1990-1991.
    I have two sons Sölvi and Gísli Ólafsson living here in Seattle and two granddaughters, Elena and Alexis. My youngest son Davíð lives in Iceland.

    Un mig:
    Ég er fædd á Íslandi 1945 og hef búið þar mest allt mitt líf. Ég bjó á Spáni í fáein ár og flutti til Seattle 2001.
    1991 tók ég íslensku, ensku, spænsku og tölvufræði í Fjölbrautarskóla Breiðholts.
    Ég skrifaði bók sem var gefin út 1989 og ég var með útvarpsþátt veturinn 1990 til 1991 á Íslandi.
    Ég á tvo syni Sölvi og Gísli Ólafssynir sem búa hér í Seattle og tvær  sonardætur Elena og Alexis. Yngsti sonur minn Davíð býr á Íslandi.


     
     
    Melissa Lucas, Danish instructor (NHM)
    lingweeni@hotmail.com

             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
    scandina@sliseattle.com

    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