Mr. Mullen ESL



I’m Chris Mullen, one of the ESL teachers here at Charles England Elementary School. I’ve been teaching ESL to children for 20 years, plus 8 summers teaching Kindergarten in a summer school for migrant workers’ kids way back in the 1980s (I’ll be 59 in a few weeks!). I have also taught ESL to adults, including college students in China and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as migrant farmworkers in eastern NC. I’ve even taught some high school English, but that’s a story best saved for Halloween.


I grew up in Wilson, NC, about 45 minutes east of Raleigh, and moved to Winston-Salem to attend college at Wake Forest University. In 1981 I received my B.A. degree in English from Wake, and then I attended (and graduated from!) Union Theological Seminary in 1985 with a Master of Divinity degree. I finished my formal education (I think it’s finished, anyway) with a M.A. and Ph.D. in English from UNC-Chapel Hill.


The best part about my time at Union Seminary was meeting and becoming friends with Lisa Florence, who has been my wife for 30 years! (She is very patient.) We moved to High Point in 1989 and have lived in the same house ever since. (See below.)


our house, in the middle of our street--Christmas time, as evidenced by the Moravian star

( I still drive that car, by the way.)


Having lived in High Point for 29 years and Winston-Salem for 4 years, you can see that I love the Piedmont Triad! (My mom was also born in Greensboro, but that was long ago.)


Our oldest child, Anna, was born in 1993 and graduated from Salem Academy in Winston-Salem and Middlebury College in Vermont, where she received her B.A. degree in Environmental Studies (literature focus). Here is her college senior photo:


Anna is three years older now but looks very much the same!


Our son, Isaac, was born in 1997 and graduated from Westchester Academy in High Point and is currently in his third year in the College of Design, North Carolina State University, where he is studying architecture. Here he is as a budding young architect:


our son Isaac, early architecture studies--age 5 or so


landscape design--age 4 (or so)



Anna and Isaac have had many other adventures besides graduating from high school and attending college, as shown in this photograph:


Anna and Isaac sharing top secret information about mom and dad


We have great kids, just as you do!


My middle name, Christopher, was actually the last name of my father’s grandfather, but I am fond of what the name means: “Christ bearer”. That is a goal for me to aspire to each day. My wife is a pastor, and she and I are Moravians (the ones with the many-pointed star and the cookies and the Christmas Lovefeast--look it up!)


Thanks for letting me introduce myself and my family! I know it’s going to be a fantastic year!