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Joshua Schulze
Higher Ed SIG Chair


Joshua Schulze holds an Ed.D. degree in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A former K-12 ESL teacher, Joshua's scholarly and professional interests focus on the developing literacy practices of emergent bilinguals in school settings. He has presented at international conferences in Cambodia, Japan, Mexico, and Ireland and has extensive teaching experience in the US and abroad. 

Joshua is particularly interested in advocating for the professional interests of new teachers and seeks to ensure that teachers have opportunities for professional development to advance their practice. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Education/ESOL at Western Oregon University. 

Betsy Dasenko 
K-12 SIG Chair


Betsy has been an ESOL educator for the last 17 years. Education has always been a part of who she is. Whether she was teaching her brothers how to wrap the hose around the top of their 15 foot slide so water would help them progress down the boiling reflective surface onto tarps that they took from their dad's wood pile, or teaching the neighbor kids how to pick up a snake without getting bit or peed on, or pursuing her own interests in the culinary arts, math, education and international and cultural studies, learning and teaching have always cohabitated as driving forces in her life.

With a newly earned Master's degree in Early Childhood Education/ESOL, she headed off on her first adventure teaching at a bilingual school in Ocatlan, Mexico in 2001. From there, she has spent the last 17 years teaching pre-K to university and professional educators. From Algebra, to cooking, photography to engineering, SAT prep to reading and writing, art to environmental science, grammar to English bridges in computer programming, there isn't an age or subject she hasn't experienced. With recent opportunities to teach in Russia, China, and Bali, she hopes to continue to expand her knowledge of this planet and it's people, while making connections and teaching her students.

Patrik Ahern

K-12 SIG Chair


More coming soon!

Tiffany Palaniuk

Refugee Concerns SIG Chair


Tiffany has worked in and around ESOL education and research for eight years. Her interest in the field was cultivated after a move to Ecuador and Colombia. Self-taught in Spanish, she developed an interest in first and second language acquisition. Her time abroad pushed her to explore geopolitical relations with the Americas, Latin American diasporas, educational inequity and systematic inequality. After living abroad for seven years, she returned to Oregon to complete her MAT in TESOL, Reading Specialization, Language Arts. She also holds an MA in Linguistics. Currently, she teaches graduate students in ESOL at Pacific University, prepares pre-service teachers for the new edTPA work sample, and serves as a Pearson evaluator for the edTPA. Her personal interests include yoga, traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with family. 

Jessie Jimenez

Advocacy Chair


When Jessie started her first position teaching English at Zhejiang University in China in 2006, she found that teaching ESOL brought together interests from many different experiences. As an anthropology undergrad at UC Berkeley, she was fascinated by the coevolution of language and the brain. Teaching ESL combined this interest in linguistics with a goal of advocacy born of the work Jessie did with a forensic psychologist arguing for life in death penalty cases. She went on to complete a Masters in English with an emphasis in TESOL at San Francisco State University. She has taught at several institutions including the Composition for Multilingual Students program at San Francisco State University, the American Language Institute at SFSU, and Refugee Transitions in Oakland.  Jessie settled in West Linn three years ago and looks forward to advocating for Oregon teachers.

Santiago Gustin
Volunteer Coordinator


Santiago has been involved in language teaching for over 5 years. He has experience teaching English, French and Spanish. He graduated with a BA in English and French in Colombia, and is currently completing his MA degree in TESOL at Portland State University, where he is also a teaching assistant for the Department of Applied Linguistics. His interests include research in corpus linguistics, ESP and language assessment. Santiago is passionate about teaching and learning and is looking forward to give back to the community by contributing to the ORTESOL organization.

Susan Caisse
Workshop/Conference Coordinator


Susan Caisse holds a TESOL certificate and is a recent MA TESOL graduate of Portland State University. She began teaching survival English and is currently teaching for Clackamas Community College. She has previously taught internationally at Universidad Antonio Nebrija in Madrid, Spain. She has also taught for short-term exchange programs in the US. Her professional interests include language and culture and teaching pronunciation. 

Rebecca Saunders

Workshop/Conference Coordinator


Rebecca Saunders started her TESOL career by moving to Thailand to
complete the CELTA program and teach at the language institute, ECC
Rayong.  Back in the US, she earned her MA-TESOL from Portland State University in 2016 and is currently teaching a Workplace English
course at Oregon Health & Science University.  She designs classes
using a task-based approach and as much authentic material as
possible.  When not teaching, she can be found knitting, quilting,
sewing, or trying out a new crafty project.

Vincent Laspina
Workshop/Conference Coordinator

Vince Laspina is a newly elected ORTESOL Board member and currently serves as a Workshop Coordinator. His previous leadership experience includes holding a position as an officer for the Student Organization of Applied Linguistics (SOAL) at Portland State University. 

Vince began his ESL career in 2008. After completing a certification course in southeast Asia, he taught in Thailand and South Korea from 2009 – 2013. Vince moved to Portland in 2013 and worked as an ESL Instructor until 2015. He recently earned his MA TESOL from Portland State University. His professional interests include improving technical writing and incorporating technology into language learning. 

Christine Scott 
Publishers' Liaison

Christine has worked in the field of ELT for 20 years. Her background includes experience in university and community college settings, teacher training, assessment, and publishing. She holds an MA in TESOL from Hunter College in New York and is currently working toward a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design through Western Oregon University.

She has lived and worked or studied in Japan, Mexico, and Finland. Before returning to Oregon three years ago, Christine worked as a content editor in ELT publishing in Mexico City. She has been an instructor at INTO-OSU in Corvallis since 2014.

Julie Vorholt      

Publishers' Liaison 

Beth Ronk
Tech Team

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