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2022 WAESOL Board

2022 Board Meetings:

January 8, 2022 – On-line Meeting

March 5, 2022 – On-line Meeting

June 25, 2022 – On-line Meeting

August 6, 2022 – at conference venue – Highline College

October 21 or 22, 2022 – Annual Member Business Meeting

December 10, 2022 – On-line Meeting

 Your 2022 WAESOL Board

Officers of the Board


Christina Mitma Momono (2022)

Affiliation: Community Colleges of Spokane

Christina Mitma Momono has been teaching ESL nearly 13 years at the Community Colleges of Spokane and Gonzaga University working with visiting international students, and immigrant and refugee students who have resettled in the United States. She has taught low and advanced levels. Ms. Mitma Momono has also presented on workshops on topics such as sociocultural and intercultural communication, various ESL interactive communicative projects and adult literacy. Furthermore, Ms. Mitma Momono has worked at a Northwest Fair Housing Alliance for 16 years advocating for housing equity in eastern Washington. Through her fair housing work, she has done many trainings and workshops on equity. She has worked with her colleagues in collaborative team environments and has a strong commitment to the TESOL profession.

President Elect

David Martin (2022)

Affiliation: Washington State University

David has been teaching in ESL, English language arts, and college composition for over 22 years. He has also served as a member-at-large on the WAESOL board for the past two years. His research interests are varied and include professional identities in transition, visual literacy in the composition classroom, and literacy development in general. He is excited by the prospect of stepping into the position of President Elect and advocating for the needs of the ESL profession from a new perspective.


Krissy Wilcox (2022-2023)

Affiliation: Spokane Pulbic Schools

I have found great joy in my second career as an ELD teacher tin Spokane Public Schools to high school ELLs in sheltered history and ELA classes and now supporting elementary ELLs to learn how to read and increase their vocabulary through a variety of literacy methods. I love to collaborate and learn through professional development with other colleagues. Before becoming an educator, I was in banking after earning a BA in Economics/Finance. I was treasurer for Junior League of Spokane, Tri-Delta Alumna group, and Mead Co-op while raising my children. I returned to college for a history degree and earned my teaching certificate though the MIT program. While student teaching, I worked on my ELD endorsement, since those were my favorite students. Working with beginning levels of ELLs, I knew I needed the skills to be able to teach them how to read, so this last school year I obtained a reading endorsement.

Recording Secretary

Rosemary Colon (2022-2023)

Affiliations: Mukogawa US Campus and Gonzaga University

Rosemary Colón is an ESL educator. Having attended the MATESOL program at Gonzaga University, she has been able to build on her experience over the last 4 years teaching in university and community settings in the Spokane area where she currently resides after having spent most of her life in the Bay Area, California. Rosemary has also worked with KSPS PBS as an education consultant developing curriculum and facilitating workshops. She is an advocate not only for ELs, but for education by taking an interest in policy and advocacy learning how educators can build their support for students and communities. She continues to grow her experience and learning through professional development opportunities, collaborating with her peers, being creative with tech resources like Twitter. ¡Sí se puede!

Joan Johnston copyExecutive Director

Joan Johnston Nelson, PhD

Affiliation: Independent ELL Trainer and Consultant

Joan has been engaged in English language teaching since 1986.  Since her first experience teaching in Taiwan, she has taught in a wide variety of teaching situations at all levels from kindergarten through adult literacy, workplace literacy, and academic English.  Joan is an active advocate, teacher trainer, and consultant, as well as a frequent presenter at local, state, and international conferences. She obtained her Masters degree in TESL from Gonzaga University.  In 2013, she completed her doctoral dissertation on elementary ELL interaction and earned her Ph.D. through Washington State University. Joan has been serving on the WAESOL Board of Directors since June of 2011. Her passion is for working with students on the margins, especially in the refugee/immigrant communities and her own Native American community.


Alexander Tang (2021-2022)

Affiliation: Seattle Central College

Alex is an adjunct faculty member in the Basic and Transitional Studies Division at Seattle Central College. His research interests include but are not limited to: the use of L1 in the second language classroom, sociolinguistics, and less commonly taught grammar structures such as multi word units and focus structures. He is currently researching second language acquisition among adult learners, as well as focusing on bilingual education efforts with Cantonese and English. He serves on Seattle College’s District Distance Learning committee and Seattle Central’s College Council as a representative for the Basic and Transitional Studies Division.

Ana Kear (2022-2023)

Affiliation: Auburn School District

Ana Kear is passionate about teaching and learning. She has taught World Languages and Language Arts to high school English Learners. Currently she works as the Dean of Academics and Intervention Specialist. Her interests include researching language acquisition, equitable practices in education, and blended learning. She also enjoys serving her students and her community by being an advocate of equitable practices and bilingual education.

Margaret Diehl (2022-2023)

Affiliations: Mukogawa US Campus/SCC/Gonzaga

Margaret (Maggie) Diehl is an adjunct instructor in the Spokane area. She teaches at Spokane Community College, teaching ESL in the Adult Basic Education division, Mukogawa Women’s University US Campus, Spokane Falls Community College, and Gonzaga University teaching English for Academic Purposes, both in ESL and EFL. She has her masters in TESOL and taught abroad in Costa Rica. Juggling adjunct work can be difficult, but the varied experiences and contexts have given many opportunities for her to challenge herself and continue learning. Recently, exploring online teaching has been the newest opportunity for growth. Her father always told her “The secret to a happy life is to find what you love, then find a way to make money doing it.” She has been successful creating a happy life in Spokane, WA, teaching (and learning from) immigrant, refugee, and international students.

Catherine Kelly (2022)

Affiliation: Shelton School District

Cat Kelly has been an educator in Multilingual English Learning for six years in Shelton School District. She has presented several times on asset-based English Language development, engaging indigenous Central American students, standards-based instruction for MLs, and immigrant and refugee rights and needs. She strives to use an equity lens to do her work with all stakeholders in her community. Primarily, she has worked at the elementary level. Currently, she is transitioning from teaching to leading, and completed her administrator credentials at Saint Martin’s University spring of 2022.

James Hunter (2022)

Affiliation: Gonzaga University

James Hunter has taught ESL/EFL for over 30 years in the USA, Japan, Spain, the UAE, and the UK. He is the director of the MA in TESOL program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and has taught in that program for 20 years. He is also the director of the B.Ed. in Community, Culture, and Language degree in the School of Education at Gonzaga. He has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and his research interests include: Second Language Acquisition, corrective feedback, corpus linguistics, construction grammar, instructional technologies, and teacher development.

Board Information

All WAESOL Board members are volunteers who are also professionals in the TESOL field.  Please consider joining the board.  Elections take place in November.  Learn more by visiting the Nominations and Elections page!

Board meetings, held four times a year, are open to any WAESOL member.  WAESOL reimburses board member’s travel expenses based on WAESOL travel policy when attending  board meetings and the annual conference.

Board minutes are available upon request.