SUNSHINE STATE TESOL OF FLORIDA
Dr. Arlene Costello
CVENT Support, TESOL International Liaison, Advocacy 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. Her most recent publication can be found in National Teacher Education Journal. She is also co-author of the National Education Association Teacher-to-Teacher Books, Technology for Diverse Learners. 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. Additionally, she was the subject of a cover story of the 1992 Christa McAuliffe Institute for Educational Pioneering Publication in Washington, D.C. entitled, “Touching the Future” and featured in “Introduction to Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning” (2014).
Dr. Andrea Lypka
Program Chair, Social Media Specialist, CVENT Event Planner
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
Dr. Tony Erben
1st Vice President
Past President, Conference Chair, 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, in the Instructional Design, 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
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 department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Culture teaching ESOL Foundations and Methodology 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.
Dr. Amany Habib
Professional Development and Research
Dr. Amany Habib teaches ESOL and diversity courses for preservice teachers in the Teacher Education and Educational Leadership Department at the University of West Florida (UWF). Amany’s education and training are in TESOL as well as adult education with a research agenda that focuses primarily on teacher education, refugees (SLIFE), crosscultural/intercultural communication, and teaching English to adult ELs. She developed and taught a number of courses both at the graduate and undergraduate levels for teacher preparation. She is also an editorial reviewer for an international journal (International Journal of Teacher Education and Professional Development – IGI Global) as well as WERA. Amany has been a member of the Emerald Coast TESOL Chapter serving the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama since 2001.
Membership Growth and Development, Co-Chair 2021
Scott Neyman is part of the English Language Development program at IMG Academy. He holds an MAT in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from the University of Southern California, and a BA in journalism from Fresno State University. Scott has taught ELL students from K-12 to the collegiate level. His current research interests are on hemispherical learning, and developing appropriate close reading strategies for ELL students. His recent work includes multiple conference presentations on hemispherical learning, and building sociocultural approaches into the classroom. Scott enjoys finding creative and engaging ways to help students grow their English language skills, as well as helping teachers develop sound practices for student success.
Dr. Edwidge Bryant
Membership Growth and Development, Chair 2021
Dr. Edwidge Crevecoeur Bryant is an Associate Professor and ESOL Coordinator at Flagler College. She has an EdD in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned a B.S. in Bilingual Education with an emphasis in Haitian Kreyòl and English, from CUNY. She coauthored two books: Educating English Learners: What every classroom teacher needs to know and Show, Tell, Build: 20 Key Instructional Tools and Techniques for English Learners. She is a member of NEF TESOL and serves as Past President of Florida Association for Bilingual Education. Dr. Crevecoeur Bryant is the General Director of OAKA (Oganizasyon Agrikilti Kominote AlfaTeknik/Haiti) (Organization, Agriculture, Community and Literacy). She regularly presents on Haitian history, language, and culture. Dr. Crevecoeur Bryant advocates for the maintenance of and respect for the native language of multilingual learners as they strengthen their English skills.
Pamela Jo Wilson
Adult Education Liaison and Professional Development
Life-long learner Pamela Jo Wilson fell in love with teaching adult ESOL after the 2008 economic crash forced her to seek a second part-time job to support her single-parent home and she landed a job as an adult education ESOL teacher for the School District of Palm Beach County. She has been committed to the field for over a decade. In 2018, ACE of Florida awarded Pamela Jo “Instructional Support Staff of the Year” in recognition of her contribution to adult ESOL education for her local agency and on FL state committees and projects.
Ms. Wilson, a CASAS Certified National Trainer, and ACE of Florida State Trainer has served as president of PBTESOL. Further, Pamela Jo promotes soft skills and leadership development as a certified DISC trainer and annual host of the John Maxwell Co. Live2Lead simulcast through Theo & Charles Learning. She loves God, her two boys, and facilitating growth.
Ms. Firoza Rasul
Sponsors and Donors Committee, Chair
I am a mother, wife, grandma and a passionate educator. I love to empower and inspire other individuals. I have been an advocate to uplift and support people through their life journey. I have an M.A. in English Literature and Language from the University of Dhaka. I work in the Adult Education Department in the School District of Palm Beach County, which is the 10th largest school district in the nation. I also adjunct teach Intensive Grammar to English Learners at Palm Beach State College. I am involved with many multicultural and social nonprofit organizations as well as charity-based educational institutions. My current professional development includes mindfulness in technology learning, grammar teaching, teaching English Learners through Technology and heritage language maintenance.
Dr. Raydel Hernandez
Technology Support and Design
Dr. Raydel Hernandez has distinguished himself in different educational settings that include K-12 and Higher Education as a teacher, researcher, and leader. He is the current President of Miami Dade TESOL and Bilingual Education. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in Education. He has presented in TESOL Regional Conferences as well as International Conferences in Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, England and Canada. His research interests include Applied Linguistics, Communicative Language Teaching and Bilingual Education.
Mr. Eric Letourneaux
Exhibitor Liaison and Coordinator, Chair 2021
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.
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