Erin currently is the Project Coordinator for Connected Lane County and Lane STEM at the Lane Education Service District in Eugene, and is finishing her MSEd in Information Technology through Western Oregon University.
Ernesto Hernandez has worked in the field of ESL and second language teaching for over a decade. He is currently a senior instructor for Tokyo International University of America as part of the American Studies Program at Willamette University in Salem. Previously, he worked as an associate program manager and ESL instructor for INTO Oregon State University’s Academic English Program. In addition to his experience in the US, Ernesto has also taught in Morocco, Japan, and Chile and studied in France and Germany.
A bilingual native speaker of English and Spanish, Ernesto is also fluent in French, German, and Japanese and is a citizen of three countries—Nicaragua, the US, and France. Some of his research interests include multilingualism, content-based education, and global citizenship. When he is not in the classroom, traveling to a different country, or keeping up with his languages, you might catch him on the slopes of Timberline!
Dan is the co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for ORTESOL and has worked in and around English language education for over a decade.
His interest in the field was sparked by some local community tutoring for immigrants and refugees in his home state of New Jersey. Volunteering gave way to a TEFL certification and a job teaching English in Costa Rica. Ultimately, Dan moved to Portland for his MA TESOL at PSU and has remained living and working in the city for over five years.
Dan is currently an English teacher at Portland English Language Academy where he strives to provide the best adult ESOL education possible for students from all over the world.
Davida Jordan has been teaching ESL for over 15 years. She started her career in Santa Cruz, California, where she earned her BA in Language Studies (French, Spanish, and Linguistics) from UC Santa Cruz. She moved to Portland in 2002 and earned her MA: TESOL from Portland State University in 2006. She has been teaching at PSU since 2007. She also teaches at Portland Community College.
Davida is married and has two children: Emilia, age 6, and William, age 10. Emilia loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. William recently learned how to ride a unicycle and had the chance to ride with the Unipiper, a local Portland celebrity. Davida has lived with host families in Nimes, France to study French and in Morelia, Mexico to study Spanish. Her goal is to one day study all of her students' many languages!
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.
Chelsea Arsenault looks forward to representing the ORTESOL board as one of the new Workshop and Conference Coordinators. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Southern California online. After teaching abroad in France, she moved back to Eugene, OR to work at a French immersion school as a teaching assistant, while also completing her practicum requirements at Lane Community College.
Chelsea’s research interests include academic vs conversational language acquisition, as well as the sociocultural perspective model. She is excited to present some of her research at the TESOL 2017 International Convention! When Chelsea isn’t studying or working, she is drumming, reading, or playing with her cat.
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.
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.
Delpha Thomas holds a Masters in Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from Concordia University and has eleven years classroom instruction experience. She spent four years abroad teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey and has worked in a variety of educational contexts with learners of all ages and motivations! In addition to teaching, Delpha has a professional background in language assessment and program administration.
Currently, Delpha works as an ESOL instructor at Portland Community College, where she also serves as the Assessment Committee Chairperson for the ESOL department. As well as serving the ORTESOL board, she is a board member of the Portland Literacy Council, where she enjoys connecting with and supporting volunteer literacy tutors and community-based programs working with adults.
Delpha is committed to working on both the equity barriers faced by English language learners and the employment issues facing teaching professionals working in adult education in Oregon. She has great enthusiasm for professional development, teacher training, leveraging technology in the classroom, and designing materials, including open educational resources.
Kara Sappington’s teaching experience is combined with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences and a M.A. in Intercultural Studies and TESOL.
Kara has worked with families in a variety of non-profit contexts, including a community center offering companion English classes for both children and adults. In addition to working with families, she has experience teaching in university and community college settings, in the United States and abroad. Her interests include incorporating technology into language learning and providing support to current language teachers.
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 has worked in the ESOL field for 16 years, starting in Mexico with elementary education and eventually transitioning into higher education for International Students.
Betsy currently works for INTO OSU and is married with three daughters. She loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors. Betsy used to own a restaurant and loves learning about other cultures through their food.
Katherine Winter is beginning her second year on the ORTESOL Board serving as a member of the Tech Team. Her educational background is in Applied Linguistics, and she earned her MA TESOL from Portland State University. She has been tutoring and teaching in ESL since 2009.
Katherine has taught in a variety of ESL settings, including K-12, community adult ESL, and private ESL institutions, finding each context uniquely rewarding. She has also done extensive work in curriculum design and assessment. Currently, she works for ETS as a TOEFL scorer, and has several other part-time gigs to keep her busy.