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Lesley Nadal (2023-2026)

Lesley is an Assistant Professor at Daytona State College and teaches reading and ESOL education courses in their School of Education. Professor Nadal earned her B.A. in International Relations and her M.S. in Reading and Literacy Education from Florida International University. She completed additional graduate coursework in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at St. Thomas University and holds a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the University of Central Florida. Professor Nadal has worked with K-12 and college students in both South and Central Florida and may be reached at


Miranda Remington (2024-2027)

Miranda received her master's in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Tampa. She taught English through ESOL and worked as the ESOL Resource Teacher at a public high school in Hillsborough County for five and a half years before moving to the District Multilingual Learners Department. She works in this department as a Liaison, overseeing the ELL program at 67 elementary schools and serving as a project lead in secondary curriculum development, monthly training, ELL graduation initiatives, elementary language acquisition supplemental programs, and Title III. Her position in the district office allows her to understand widespread trends among administrators, teachers, and students.

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Christine Kassover (2023-2025)

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Christine received her Bachelor's degree in humanities from FAU and her Master's in communication from the University of Miami. Committed to FAU, she served as president of the FAU National Alumni Association for two terms and was a founding member of the Parliament of Owls. Christine has over 10 years experience as an adult second-language English instructor and tutor at FAU, Palm Beach State College and Boca Raton Community High School. She holds training certifications from both the College Board and the College Reading and Learning Association.

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Robyn Socha (2023-2024) 

Robyn is an ESL/Intensive English professor with experience teaching ESL, EAP, ESOL, IE, and English Composition. Currently she is a course director with curriculum design, instructional design, and grammar/writing expertise. She has presented for area and state colleges/universities on grammar, technology and instructional design. She is both a devoted team player and someone that authentically loves not only what she does but the students that she teaches.


Cristiane Vicentini (2024-2027)

Dr. Vicentini considers herself to be a lifelong learner, having earned a bachelor's degree in Law from Centro Universitário FMU, a master’s degree in TESOL from Hawaii Pacific University, a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from The University of Tampa, and a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Learning in Multilingual Settings from the University of Miami. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed books and journals in the United States and Brazil, where she was born and raised. For over 30 years, Dr. Vicentini has been actively engaged in the field of education, teaching students from diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds in face-to-face, hybrid, and virtual learning environments, as well as preparing pre-service teachers in elementary and secondary education to meet the needs of ELLs. She is particularly interested in the various uses of technology for language teaching and learning in support of multilingual and multicultural students.

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Paulina Coba (2023-2026) 

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Paulina has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years and is currently an ESOL Specialist in Lee County Schools. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Catholic University, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in ESL, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. During her career as an ESL and World Languages Educator she has instructed diverse students from an array of cultures and in a variety of settings, including Pre-K to 12 in public schools, community college, a university, and adult learning centers. This wealth of experience allowed her to lead initiatives which facilitated and improved communication and relationships between teachers, parents, and students. 

Duties of Regional Directors

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§10 p.4: The six elected Directors shall serve as Regional Membership Development and Outreach Coordinators (MDOC) of SSTESOL Regions and as Chairperson on one of the standing committees. As MDOCs, duties and responsibilities include

  • Organize, pilot, and manage MDOC initiative programs.
  • Support, organize and participate in the recognition event for first-time attendees to the annual conference.
  • Reach out to local chapters, school districts, and higher education institutions to increase membership and organizational engagement.
  • Communicate opportunities that arise for possible partnerships.
  • Provide support and give input/feedback to on SSTESOL’s organizational development efforts such as reviewing of SSTESOL membership model and benefits, planning for recruitment and retention campaigns, and administering surveys about member satisfaction and engagement.
  • Recommend specific plans, programs and activities to enhance member experience.
  • Provide quarterly updates to the Board of Directors

From the SSTESOL Constitution & By-Laws, ratified 5/15/2022


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