Keynotes 2020

WAESOL is excited to be able to host three keynotes for the 2020 Annual conference. 

Friday Afternoon Keynote

Ben Krauss, PhD

Ben Krauss is the founder and principal of Adaptive Training Solutions. He is also the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Gonzaga Prep and adjunct faculty for Eastern Washington University. He has served communities in a public safety capacity as a police officer, analyst, and management consultant. He has taught in the public sector, corporate, high school, and university environments. He earned a B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University and a Ph.D. from Washington State University. Ben’s wife Angie is a school principal, and their three children are very active in academics and sports. Favorite family activities include hiking, walks, and time on the water with family and friends.


Saturday Morning Sponsored Keynote

Sarah Lynn

Sarah Lynn is an ESOL instructor, teacher trainer, and curriculum development specialist in the Boston area. She currently teaches at the Cambridge Learning Center, MA. As a teacher trainer Ms. Lynn coaches teachers and facilitates professional development trainings on: best practices in remote instruction, learning and the brain, self-directed learning, differentiated instruction, learner persistence, and teaching literacy.  As a curriculum developer, she has written curricula for all levels from literacy to advanced ESOL. She has contributed to the publication of numerous ESOL textbooks for Pearson ELT, including Project Success and Future.


Saturday Noontime Keynote

Ester de Jong, PhD

Ester de Jong is the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning and Professor in ESOL/Bilingual Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Prior to coming to the University of Florida, she worked with Spanish-English and Brazilian-Portuguese bilingual programs as the Assistant Director for Bilingual Education and ESL programs in Massachusetts. Her research focuses on equity and integration in the context of dual language education and preparing teachers to work with bilingual learners in K-12 schools.  Her book, Foundations of Multilingualism in Education: From Policy to Practice published by Caslon Publishing, considers a principled approach to school, program, and classroom decision-making for multilingual learners.  Dr. de Jong was President of TESOL International Association (2017-2018).