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2021 WAESOL Board

2021 Board Meetings:

January 16, 2021 – On-line Meeting

March 20, 2021 – On-line Meeting

June 19, 2021 – On-line Meeting

August 21, 2021 – On-line Meeting

October 23, 2021 – Annual Business Meeting

December 4, 2021 – On-line Meeting

 Your 2021 WAESOL Board

Officers of the Board


Naomi Hagen (2021)

Affiliation: Spokane Pulbic Schools

Naomi Hagen is a dedicated teaching professional with 20 years of experience in the field of education including teaching, administration, and teacher training. Naomi has also served on the WAESOL board for over four years as a member at large, assistant treasurer, treasurer, and secretary. She has a BA from Fresno Pacific University, an MA in TESL from Gonzaga University and holds teaching credentials in California and Washington with endorsements in Elementary Education, English, and English Language Development. She also holds certificates in TESOL and Differentiated Instruction training. She has worked with ELLs in the United States from pre-school to university, and her international teaching experience includes teaching English in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia as well as working with K-12 teachers from bilingual programs in Colombia. She currently works for Spokane Public Schools as the ELD Title III K-12 TOSA and serves as an adjunct professor in the ESL endorsement programs at Whitworth and Gonzaga.

President Elect

Christina Momono (2021)

Affiliation: Community Colleges of Spokane

Christina 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. Momono has also presented on workshops on topics such as sociocultural and intercultural communication, various ESL interactive communicative projects and adult literacy. Furthermore, Ms. 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.

Past President

Dr. Mary Martha Savage (2021)

Affiliation: Gonzaga Univeristy 

Mary Martha Savage’s classroom experience spans k-12, adult/immigrant, IEP and MTSL graduate coursework. She is a frequent workshop presenter because…I enjoy hearing the “lived experience” of others as we explore how to teach in more effective ways. She is an Associate Professor at Gonzaga University within the Teacher Education Department specializing in academic ESL and MA/TESOL graduate and endorsement courses. Her area of interest is facilitating the writing process with ELLs: k-12 –university students.


Krissy Wilcox (2021)

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

Beth Ankcorn (2021)

Affiliation: Sacajawea Middle School (Spokane Public Schools)

Beth Ankcorn has devoted her professional life to bringing diverse people together in ways that increase understanding and mutual respect.  She has taught at the college level and in K-12. She was an instructor of composition and ESOL for fourteen years in higher education at Gonzaga University and at Spokane Falls Community College where she led the Intensive English Language Program. Currently, she teaches ELD at Sacajawea Middle School. She enjoys bring connecting people through her leadership roles, workshops, and presentations. She served as Team Leader for the 2016-2017 International TESOL Convention and received the Sally Wellman Volunteer Award from WAESOL in 2015. Nevertheless, Beth remembers what is to be a language learner; she studied abroad in Italy and taught in Japan. This has helped her as she has taught students from 35 countries and has traveled to  25 countries. Her experience as a Marketing Coordinator has given her additional experience to use as WAESOL Treasurer. Beth has a BA of International Studies, a MA in TESOL from Gonzaga University, an MA in Literature from Eastern Washington University, and is a certified teacher of English Language Learners, endorsed in secondary English Language Arts and Social Studies.

Joan Johnston copyExecutive Director (Part-time)

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.


indexJeanne-Marie Wright (2020-2021)

Affiliation: Longview Public Schools

Over the past 30 years Jeanne-Marie has been an ELL teacher K-12, Instructional Coach, TOSA and GLAD/SIOP trainer in Evergreen, Vancouver and Battle Ground Public Schools. In addition to her involvement in K-12 education she has taught ESL at Portland Community College, Clark College and the College of Micronesia. Jeanne-Marie has also been an instructor for the ESL Endorsement Program for Portland State University and currently as an ELL Instructor for the ESD University in Vancouver. She is also working as a K-12 ELL Literacy Coach for Longview Public Schools. Jeanne-Marie has been a Member-At-Large on the WAESOL Board for the past 4 years.

NizarNizar Sulaivany  (2020 – 2021)

Affiliation: Renton Technical College

Nizar Sulaivany has been teaching ELA/EFL since 1994 after getting his first MA in 1993. His first job was in Libyan university from 1994-1997. From 1997-1999 he worked in a petroleum institute. In 1999 he moved to Abu Dhabi to teach in a high school and lead a team of 5 instructors to design a new curriculum. In 2003 he joined Ajman University of Science & Technology and was responsible for designing a new curriculum for the College of Dentistry. In 2006 he joined a petroleum institute and stayed there till 2010. After that, he migrated to the United States. Since 2012 until now Nizar has been working for Renton Technical College teaching a hybrid ELA class. He earned his second MATESOL in 2015 from University of WA. Currently, he is in his second tenure-track year at RTC. He has been on WAESOL board for two terms and has been working with the publication committee. He presented in WAESOL, Tri-TESOL as well as TESOL International. Moreover, he published several articles with WAESOL Educator.

Kate Mastruserio Reynolds (2020-2021)

Affiliation: Central Washington University

Dr. Kate Mastruserio Reynolds is a professor of teacher education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the Department of Education, Development, Teaching and Learning at Central Washington University. Dr. Reynolds’ publications include the book, Approaches to Inclusive English Classrooms: A Teacher’s Handbook for Content Based Instruction, as well as chapters to the Handbook of Content-Based ESL Instruction, 2nd edition and Not for ESOL Teachers, 3rd edition. Over her 20-year career, she has contributed her expertise in presentations regularly at TESOL International Association, American Association of Applied Linguistics, and TESOL affiliates. She currently volunteers as the TESOL International Association’s Vocabulary and Grammar Strand Coordinator and is the past chair of the TESOL International Association’s Teacher Educator Interest Section.

David Martin (2021-2022)

Affiliation: Washington State University

David Martin has been teaching for 20 years in a variety of contexts, to include K-12, ESL, and higher education. He is currently teaching developmental writing and college composition at Washington State University in the English department where many of his students are first generation college students from Central and Eastern Washington hispanic communities. While at the Intensive American Language Center at WSU, he served as a student advisor as well as a classroom teacher for the better part of 15 years. He is currently conducting research into transitional identities for both students (in first-year composition classes) and ESL teachers (primarily in the IEP environment).

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 (2021)

Affiliation: Auburn School District

Ana Kear is passionate about teaching and learning. She has taught Portuguese and Spanish for many years. After receiving her M. Ed. with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction with an EL endorsement she has been teaching Language Arts to high school English Learners and loving it. Her interests include researching language acquisition, the application of art in a language classroom, and blended learning. She has served in various Equity teams throughout her career. She also enjoys serving her students and her community by being an advocate of equitable practices and bilingual education.

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.