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     An Illinois native, Sheila has always loved the rhythm of English, from music to nursery rhymes, from acting monologues to public speeches.  She has over 25 years of experience coaching accent reduction to non-native speakers, as well as a background in business, law, theater, singing & public speaking.  She earned her law degree and master’s degree in teaching ESL (English as a second language) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   She has taught not only pronunciation but the entire spectrum of ESL courses for Smooth English, Golden Gate Language Schools, Executive Language Training, University of Illinois, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and San Jose State University.  As the founding owner of Smooth English, Sheila currently offers custom-tailored programs on Zoom, including private, semi-private and large group accent reduction lessons.  She also offers mobile apps and online pronunciation courses on YouTube, Udemy, and Skill Share.  She’s coached actors, as well as 100s of Silicon Valley professionals, including engineers and executives from top tech companies, i.e. Amazon, Apple, Google, HP, PayPal and Samsung.