SUNSHINE STATE TESOL OF FLORIDA
Dr. Arlene Costello
Parliamentarian, TESOL International Liaison
Dr. Arlene M. Costello is currently an adjunct faculty member in the International Affairs Intensive English Program of the University of West Florida, an independent education consultant, and a retired educator from the School District of Escambia County where she coordinated a variety of programs, including ESOL/Immigrant Program Initiatives and Grants; Curriculum; Instruction; ESOL Training/Endorsement/Certification/ Licensure and Compliance. She earned an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Phoenix School for Advanced Studies. Dr. Costello’s research involves working with diverse gifted young students in enriching their academic skills through independent study and research. Dr. Costello was the recipient of the 2007 National Christa McAuliffe Educator Award, 1992 Florida Gifted Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2007 Program for Academically Talented Center Teacher of the Year, Judge John Kuder Family Values Award, Who’s Who of the Gulf Coast and Worldwide, Outstanding Service to the Filipino Community Award, and Fellow from the Office of Bilingual and Multicultural Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Andrea Lypka
Conference Chair, Social Media Specialist
Dr. Lypka earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include community-based research and visual methods, technology, Latinx indigenous language learners, discourse analysis, and identity. In her current role, her responsibilities include overseeing the SSTESOL’s social media presence and developing and managing the STESOL YouTube channel and Facebook. She also organizes webinars and other events for ongoing professional development. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Soraya Kubousek
Soraya Kubousek earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Tampa. She worked for Hillsborough County Schools for 17 years as an elementary school teacher, ESOL Resource Teacher, ESOL trainer and a Mentor teacher. She received honorable distinctions throughout her time in the classroom, such as Teacher of the Year and Ida S. Baker nominations. As a life-long learner, Soraya continued her studies and went on to earn her Master’s Degree from the University of South Florida in Instructional Technology. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa.
Dr. Tony Erben
President, SSTESOL Journal Editor
Dr. Tony Erben is an Associate Professor of Education (ESOL & Foreign Language Education) at the University of Tampa. Currently he is Chair of the Department of Education and the Director of the ESOL Endorsement program. He has published widely in the area of second language education, technology use in teaching and learning environments. He is series editor for Teaching ELLs Across the Curriculum with Routledge Press. Recent book publications include: Erben, T., et al. (2008) Teaching English Language Learners through Technology. New York: Routledge. He just published an online Spanish for beginners text for university students called “Explorando” through an exciting edtech company called TopHat.
Dr. Keya Mukherjee
Assistant Journal Editor
Dr. Mukherjee received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Curriculum and Instruction, with emphasis on Applied Linguistics and Instructional Technology/Instructional Design. She is currently the Coordinator for the ESOL and Instructional Design programs at Saint Leo University, where she has designed, developed and currently teaches several teacher education courses in ESOL, in multicultural education, and Instructional Design. Keya Mukherjee is the Program Administrator for the Master’s in Instructional Design Program at Saint Leo University where she teaches courses on learning theory, instructional design, e-learning tools, Exceptional Student Education, and emerging trends in instructional technology. Her current research interests are in the role of the learner in the design process, student engagement in online learning, and competency based training.
Ms. Carla Huck
Program Chair, Webmaster
Carla Huck works for the School District of Lee County as the ELL Instructional Leader. In this position, she coordinates and leads professional development initiatives, advises schools on scheduling and curriculum, and facilitates an ELL graduation task force. She is a frequent presenter at TESOL and NABE conferences, and is the founder and president of SWFL TESOL. Carla is a doctoral candidate at Florida Gulf Coast University and a faculty adjunct in the College of Education teaching ESOL Foundations, Methodology, and Linguistics courses to pre-service teachers. She has a B.A. in French and Art History from Middlebury College, an M.A. in TESOL from New York University, and an M.S.Ed. in Urban Education Administration from Fordham University.
Mr. Eric Letourneaux
Eric Letourneaux earned an M.A. TESOL in France, an M.A. in French from Miami University of Ohio, and an M.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan. He has taught ESL and French at the college level for 18 years combined. He currently works at Valencia College in Orlando, FL as the Intensive English Program Assistant Director