Board Candidates for 2020

Voting is open November 12th through November 18th, 2019.

Read about the candidates and then scroll to the bottom of the page to link to the online voting system.

Below are the WAESOL Board positions open for 2020.

  • President Elect (one-year term followed by a one-year term as President)
  • Recording Secretary (two-year term)
  • Four Member-at-Large positions (two-year term)

You must be a current member of WAESOL to be eligible to vote for the 2020 board.

Instructions

  • Read the candidate biographies below.
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Candidate Bios

President-elect:

Jessica Weimer

Jessica Weimer is currently Full-Time Faculty at Cascadia College in Bothell, where she has been teaching in the English Language Program and College Success departments since 2014. Her professional experience also includes teaching intermediate and advanced German, as well as academic advising and program support. She has a M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education, a TESOL certificate, and a B.A. in German all from Western Washington University. Jessica loves teaching, as it allows her to connect with students from all over the world and grow both personally and professionally, and she is dedicated to consistently improving her practice. Her academic interests include how language acquisition affects identity, student motivation and engagement, and the incorporation of pop culture in foreign language instruction. She has been on the WAESOL board since 2018 and presented on teaching methodology and research at several conferences, including the Reading Apprenticeship Regional Conference, SpokaneESL, CanvasCon, and TESOL.

Recording Secretary:

Naomi Hagen

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, and treasurer. 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.

Member-at-Large: (Four open positions)

Jeanne-Marie Wright (incumbent)

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.

Nizar Sulaivany (incumbent)

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.

David Martin

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).

Kate Mastruserio Reynolds

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.

Heidi Doolittle

Heidi Doolittle has been teaching ESL for more than 20 years. A native of British Columbia, Canada, her love for teaching and working with people from other cultures began in Japan where she lived and taught English for almost 3 years. Since returning to the United States to obtain her Master’s Degree in MA/TESOL, she has taught at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Eastern Washington University, and Gonzaga University, where she has been for the last 18 years. Heidi has also traveled to Colombia and China to work with and train English language teachers. She is currently working on a collaborative project with two English teachers from Sri Lanka as part of a program initiated by Jesuit Worldwide Learning. While at Gonzaga, her research and teaching has focused on developing students’ vocabulary and reading skills. She is excited about the possibility of serving on the WAESOL board.

Christina Momono

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.

Kristina Kellermann

Kristina Kellermann started teaching at Cascadia College in Fall 2012, and has taught in the English Language Program, ESL Basic Education for Adults Program, and College Strategies. She received her M.A. TESOL from California State University, Sacramento in 2010, and studied abroad at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul, Turkey while working on her Master’s. Previously, she taught in Intensive English Programs at University of California, Davis, University of Washington, Seattle Central College, and ELS Seattle. She also taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata, Japan in their summer IEP. Kristina has presented at several conferences, including TESOL International, Spokane Regional, and Reading Apprenticeship. A self-professed “word nerd” and a true linguaphile, Kristina has studied French, German, Turkish, and Japanese, and enjoys learning about cross-cultural communication and the history of the English language. She is passionate about professional development, networking, and helping students along their paths to success.

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