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  2024 SSTESOL Executive Board of Directors


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Carla Huck


Dr. Huck is the curriculum development specialist for American College of Education. She has worked in the field for over 25 years as a teacher, instructional coach, non-profit executive, and professor of preservice teachers.  She is the founder and president of the Southwest Florida TESOL chapter.  She presents her research frequently at international conferences, with a focus on equitable policies and practices for multilingual learners and methods of engagement in online learning environments. She can be reached at

Nicole Hammond

2nd Vice President

Dr. Hammond is an EAP Professor for Seminole State College’s Center for English Language Studies where she teaches EAP, ESOL, and ELI courses. She received her Ph.D. in Education (TESOL Track) from UCF. She has taught ESL/EFL classes for 20 years, with 18 years of experience teaching international students at a college setting. Her first teaching experience was as a volunteer through Americorps in Apopka. She has also conducted teacher training conferences and workshops in Ecuador, Japan, Brazil, and Costa Rica and has presented at several national and international conferences

Arlene Costello

Vice President

Dr. Arlene Costello served as Bureau Chief of the Student Achievement Through Language Acquisition (SALA) of the Florida Department of Education and a member of the WIDA Executive Board and Professional Learning Subcommittee.  She is also the Founder of the Center for Advocacy, Language and Academic Achievement (CALAA), the only Center for Advocacy in Florida. Dr. Costello is the recipient of the 2022 SSTESOL Presidential Award in Leadership and Service. She served as a Program Specialist and instructor in the Intensive English Program of the International Affairs Office of the University of West Florida and as a Teacher on Special Assignment for the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Gifted Programs for the School District of Escambia County. Arlene also previously taught at the International School in Okinawa, Japan, and at the Navy Campus for Achievement in Sicily, Italy. Her research centers on gifted learning opportunities for English Language Learners, English Language development and proficiency, and policy development.

Laura Bell


Laura Bell is a dedicated educator specializing in pre-service teacher education in her role as ESOL Coordinator and Clinical Professor at Florida State University's School of Teacher Education. She believes that when we boil it all down, effective teaching begins with relationships. Connection between student and teacher and student to student is essential to a flourishing learning space. Laura holds an Ed.S. degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on ESOL, an M.S. in Multilingual Multicultural Education, and a TESOL Certificate. Prior to work at FSU, Laura taught in intensive English programs for adult language learners at various universities and colleges in Florida. Her professional experiences also include teaching English as a foreign language in Tokyo, Japan and Iquitos, Peru to both K12 and adult learners.

ad-hoc board positions

Dr. Tony Erben


Dr. Li-Lee Tunceren

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