President — Steven Kroman
Steven earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston University in 2009 and his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Foreign Language Education in 2013. He taught EFL in Japan for four years before coming back to Austin to continue his education. He currently teaches ESL to international students at the Texas Intensive English Program in Austin.
Past President — Jill Rolston-Yates
Jill Rolston-Yates has taught EFL throughout Japan and ESL to immigrants and refugees in Adult Schools and the Cambodian Family Literacy Program in Southern California. She also has extensive experience teaching ESL in Intensive English Programs at University of Hawaii, Texas Intensive English Program, University of Texas, Austin, and at Texas State Intensive English, Texas State University, San Marcos where she is currently a Learning Specialist. Her teacher training experience includes training English teachers from Japan, Korea, and Uruguay. She has also authored two English Conversation texts, Genbai no Eikaiwa, 1 & 2, with GEOS publications, Japan and presented both at various state and international TESOL conferences. She holds a BA from Whitman College in Psychology and Theater, an MFA from the University of Hawaii in Asian Theater, and Adult Education Credential in ESL from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Vice President – Angelique Pearson
Angelique Pearson received her MA in Teaching from St. Edward’s University and a BA in Japanese Studies from Earlham College. She has been lucky to have a variety of interesting jobs that have taken her around the world, including serving in the US Army and working as a flight attendant. She began her teaching career in Japan. Before coming to Austin, she worked as a student advisor at Monterey Peninsula College, and also worked as a student services specialist at the Texas Intensive English Program, where she currently works as an ESL instructor.
Secretary — Brooke Eddington
Brooke Eddington has taught ESL for almost 7 years in various programs and currently teaches in Austin Community College’s ESOL department and IEP. Formerly, she was faculty at Brigham Young University and served as an administrator in the university’s IEP. Brooke received a TESOL MA and Linguistics BA, both from BYU. She is certified by ACTFL as an OPI administrator and rater. Brooke’s passions include oral proficiency, grammar, motivation, and peer-to-peer mentoring, and her present research interests focus on written grammatical accuracy in second language writing. She enjoys being involved with and serving in TESOL and was previously the secretary for the Intermountain TESOL affiliate.
Treasurer — Glenda Rose
Glenda Rose holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education, a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in linguistics, a Master’s of Arts in Applied Linguistics with a graduate certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Old Dominion University, and a doctorate in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been teaching English to adults for over 25 years and still has a love for people and a passion for teaching which she shares with other adult educators as a professional development consultant.
Membership Chair — Denise Guckert
Denise Guckert earned her MA from The University of Texas at Austin Foreign Language Education Center in 1986 and also holds a Texas Secondary Teaching Certificate for English, Spanish, and English as a Second Language. She has been involved in adult education for over 20 years, serving as an instructor, technology coordinator, and coordinator. As Coordinator for Texas Central GREAT (Getting Results Educating Adults in Texas), Denise developed, implemented, and coordinated professional development for adult education administrators, teacher trainers, teachers, and teacher assistants. After working as a college and career readiness consultant for the adult education state office Texas LEARNS, Denise joined the program specialist team at the newly created Texas Workforce Commission Office of Adult Education and Literacy.
Public Relations/Marketing Chair— Erin Taylor
Erin has been working with English language learners for 15 years with the singular goal of facilitating pride in learning and independence. She holds a BS from Cal State Fullerton in Linguistics and a MA from the University of Massachusetts Boston in the field of Applied Linguistics. Prior to completing her graduate degree, she completed a TEFL certificate and a year of K12 teacher training. Erin also possesses a strong background in website building and graphic design. She works for the Adult Education Career Pathways program at Austin Community College, matching adult learners to free services and certificate programs. Her interests include natural language processing, independent learning, technology, science, nature, and traveling.
Newsletter/Journal Editor — Open
Sociopolitical Concerns/Advocacy Chair — Cameron Allen
Cameron Allen is the founder—along with adult English language learners in Austin—of The SEED Adult and Family Learning Community, a program striving for full democracy. Founded in August of 2014, The SEED challenges the status quo by inviting all participants to take active roles in the design and development of the organization, from curriculum to schedules to funding. He previously spent three years as coordinator of adult programs at American YouthWorks in Austin. He holds a BS in Applied Learning and Development from UT Austin and an EdM in Learning & Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His interests include postmodern curriculum theory, race/racism in education, and democracy as meaning-making. He loves to garden and cook with his wife, Yvonne, and new baby, Truett.
Delegate-at-Large, Elementary Education/Bilingual Education — Joanne Antrim
Joanne Bakos Antrim, PhD, worked with English language learners in the elementary school setting as a classroom teacher, reading teacher and Instructional Specialist in public education in New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia and Texas for 30 years. She currently is a member of the faculty of the College of Education at Concordia University Texas where she works as a teacher educator with an emphasis on ESL along with supporting international students and students with first languages other than English. She is also the director of the advanced literacy specialization of the Master of Education program.
Delegate-at-Large, Secondary Education — Harishini Ernest
Harishini Ernest has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin. She has taught K-12, community college, and university levels, and has been involved in educational consulting, program evaluation, administration, and teaching since 1984. Professionally, she is an ESL Coordinator with Austin ISD where her responsibilities include teaching, teacher mentoring, and curriculum development.
Delegate-at-Large, Adult/Workforce Education — John Stevenson
John Stevenson’s first professional job, and most enduring interest, was as an ESL teacher in the Peace Corps in Korea and, later, he taught ESL full-time while completing graduate school at American University. He taught ESL and managed intensive ESL programs at proprietary language schools in Washington, D.C., Bangor, ME, Seoul, Korea and Houston. John first became engaged in literacy issues after the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, when of thousands of students flocked to all available ESL providers in order to meet the requirements for amnesty. This led him to the chairmanship of the Houston Urban Literacy Consortium and then, eventually, to the Houston READ Commission, where he directly managed adult education and family literacy programs. John Stevenson is currently a program specialist at the Texas Workforce Commission, Adult Education and Literacy in Austin, Texas. In previous positions, John worked for the Arizona Department of Education, Adult Education Services, and Texas LEARNS, where he had oversight of state and federally funded literacy programs. In all of these positions, John provided technical assistance and support for ESL services.
Delegate-at-Large, Adult/Literacy Education — Shereen Ben-Moshe
Shereen Canady Ben-Moshe earned a BAE in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration. Her passion for learning languages and cultures stems from growing up in an international family, traveling as a child and living in Spain and Israel. She began her teaching career in a K-2 ESL class and continued teaching in elementary school for 7 years. For the last 10 years, she was the Early Childhood Education Director at a synagogue and private school. After moving to Texas, she was thrilled to join the AISD Adult ESL program and be able to combine two areas that she enjoys most: educating adults, and teaching in an ESL classroom.
Delegate-at-Large, Intensive English Programs — Abbey Maedgen
Abbey has been teaching since 2007. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Texas, an M.Ed. in International Literacy from Sam Houston, and a TESOL certificate from the University of Maryland. From Baltimore to Austin to Seoul, she has taught many kinds of classes and all ages from kindergartners to adults. She loves teaching adults, especially those who are still kids at heart.
Delegate-at-Large, Higher Education — Ashley Sallee
Ashley is the Office Coordinator and an Instructor for ESL Services at The University of Texas at Austin, where she has been working and teaching since August 2013. Ashley holds a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Psychology from Austin College and a M.A. in Foreign Language Education from The University of Texas at Austin. While attending Austin College, she studied in Spain, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. Her love of the Spanish language and her appreciation for the countries she visited inspired her to pursue a career in International Education.