Board Candidates for 2019

Voting is open November 13th through November 19th, 2018.

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Below are the WAESOL Board positions open for 2019.

  • President (one-year term)
  • President Elect (one-year term followed by a one-year term as President)
  • Treasurer (two-year term)
  • Two Member-at-Large positions (two-year term)

You must be a current member of WAESOL to be eligible to vote for the 2019 board.


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Candidate Bios

For President:

Michelle Roth

Michelle Roth has been an adult ESL instructor since 1998, and a member-at-large of the WAESOL board since 2015, assisting in conference planning, publications, outreach, and advocacy. In 2018, she was appointed by the board to serve as Interim President Elect. As an officer and one of the longest-serving current board members, she is uniquely situated to fulfill the duties of President of WAESOL in 2019. WAESOL is a unique organization, dedicated to advancing English Language Learning for students from preschool through graduate school, and Michelle would be honored to draw on her experience in the field and relationships across our organization to lead the board next year. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and an MA in TESOL from the University of Washington. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, where she is an ESL instructor in the Transitional Studies Department at Clark College.

For President-elect:

Martha Savage

I would like to be considered for the position of President-Elect. I have served on the Board both as a member-at-large and as President in the past and I support the goals and vision of WAESOL. Currently I work at Gonzaga University as an Associate Professor in the MTSL program. I work with graduate students seeking a degree and undergraduate students earning an English language learner endorsement. My experience covers k-12 classrooms, immigrant and refugee contexts, intense English language settings and now higher education. Teaching is all encompassing and professional development is essential. The annual conference of WAESOL has provided such support for over 40 years. My hope as the President-Elect would be to explore the possibility of an ongoing program of workshops offered on a localized level. Being on the Board allows the opportunity to work with professionals from around the state and learn what is happening and to respond accordingly.

For Treasurer:

Beth Ankcorn

Beth Ankcorn currently teaches English Language Development at Sacajawea Middle School. During her 15-year teaching career, Beth has also taught at Spokane Falls Community College and Gonzaga University. Beth has a B.A. of International Studies, a M.A. in TESOL from Gonzaga University, a M.A. in Literature from Eastern Washington University, and her teaching certification from Central Washington University. In 2016, Beth received the Sally Wellman Volunteer of the Year Award from WAESOL and served as Team Leader for the 2017 TESOL Convention. Prior to her teaching career, Beth worked as a Marketing Coordinator for River Park Square in which she tracked quarterly sales, generated sales reports, and published marketing materials for the shopping center. This gave her the financial experience needed to perform the duties of a treasurer. In addition, as the Program Coordinator for the Intensive English Language Program at SFCC, she developed the effective and efficient communication and documentation skills required for the WAESOL Treasurer position.

Sonya Gosain

Sonya is in her final year of the MATESOL program at the University of Washington. She returned from Peace Corps in July 2017. While serving, she obtained two grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She worked with village community members to assess and meet their needs; they succeeded in developing and implementing two projects as a team with the responsible use and monitoring of U.S. federal funds. Upon return to the States, Sonya joined both her local (SEAPAX) and national (NPCA) organizations for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. In SEAPAX, she became a Grants Committee Member to review local non-profit grant requests. In the NPCA, she assisted a staff member in D.C. by performing research on corporate responsibility philosophies, compiling reports on corporations likely to donate to NPCA upon request. Sonya anticipates volunteering with United Way King County to provide pro bono tax filing services through April.

For Member-at-Large: (Two open positions)

Naomi Hagen

Naomi Hagen is a dedicated teaching professional with 19 years of classroom instruction experience including three years administrative experience and three years as a teacher trainer. In addition to her teaching experience, Naomi has served on the WAESOL board for over three years as a member at large, assistant treasurer, and treasurer. She has a BA from Fresno Pacific University and an MA in TESL from Gonzaga University and holds teaching credentials in both California and Washington with endorsements in Elementary Education, English, and English Language Development. She also holds certificates in TESOL and Differentiated Instruction training. Her key specializations include teaching English as a second or additional language, differentiated instruction and curriculum development. She has taught ELLs in a variety of grades and courses in the United States from pre-school to university, and her international teaching experience includes teaching English for children and adults in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia as well as working with k-12 teachers from bilingual programs in Colombia. She has also worked as an adjunct professor in the ESL endorsement programs at Whitworth University and Gonzaga University. She currently works for Spokane Public Schools as the ELD Title III K-12 TOSA, and she is passionate about teaching and working with pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and the community to ensure a safe, welcoming and optimal educational environment for English Language Learners.

Hongying Douglas

Hongying Douglas’ teaching career spans over twenty-five years in both public and private institutions in China and the U.S. She received her MA in teaching language arts with a focus on ESL from Christopher Newport University. She taught ESL for several years at the University of Arizona before returning to school to earn her MBA at the University of Colorado. She has taught in the Intensive English Program, Graduate Teacher Education Program, Language Assisted MBA, and MBA at City University of Seattle. She also has experience overseeing various courses and mentoring fellow instructors. Hongying Douglas has been a frequent presenter at WAESOL conferences (2016-2018) and City University’s Faculty Development conferences (2016-2017). Her extensive experience as an ESL learner, ESL instructor, teacher educator, and most importantly an international graduate student will make her a great champion for students and instructors in the state of Washington.

Amy Staggs

Amy has been a teacher of EL students for more than a decade. As a secondary classroom teacher with experience in urban and suburban school districts she has taught ELs under a variety of models. Amy was also a board member of ARKTESOL, which is the Arkansas chapter of TESOL, and has her Master’s degree in English Language Learning.

Audra Lord

Audra Lord is Academic Director at ALPS Language School of Seattle. She holds a Master of Arts in Linguistics-TESOL and a TESL Certificate from Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan, USA). Audra has taught English in Wellington, New Zealand, Ayutthaya, Thailand and the United States (Seattle Community Colleges, Columbia University’s American Languages Program and others). Audra is also a produced and published writer whose original plays have been recognized by American Theatre magazine, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, Great Plains Theatre Conference and The Dramatist. Research and teaching interests include collaborative writing, community based learning, and devised film and theatre projects in the ESL classroom.

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