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Patrik Ahern

K-12 SIG Co-Chair


Patrick Ahern is excited to serve on the ORTESOL Board as a co-chair for the K-12 SIG. Over the last ten years, he has taught in the Hillsboro School District as an ESL teacher in a Spanish/English dual language elementary school. Recently, he graduated from Concordia University with his Masters in TESL. Before coming to Oregon, Patrick studied Spanish in Spain worked with international students at Eastern Washington University, and taught as a bilingual assistant in the Seattle area.

As a point of advocacy, Patrick strives to ensure that ESL students in the public schools are supported, and he is interested in finding innovative ways to collaborate with other educators. In his free time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife traveling around the world. Over the next year, he hopes to be able to run a 50 kilometer race in the mountains.

Annie Ittner

K-12 SIG Co-Chair


Annie Ittner is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Western Oregon University. At WOU, she teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate programs. She brings 14 years of elementary classroom teaching experience and a dedication to ensuring high-quality literacy and language education for all students. Her experience includes working in linguistically diverse classroom settings as a literacy coach, ESL teacher, and classroom teacher. Her research interests include emergent bilinguals in the early grades, multi-tiered systems of support, culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogies, and professional learning. As an ORETESOL board member, she hopes to create spaces for K-12 teachers to use their professional organization as a place of learning and connection.

Beth Ronk
Refugee SIG Chair


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. 

Sarah Coffer

Advocacy Chair


Sarah Coffer fell in love with languages and building intercultural connections while getting her undergraduate degree in linguistics, which included a year of study in Ecuador and a service project in Nicaragua. Since returning, she has taught in K-12 as an assistant teaching English Language Development and developing relationships with immigrant and refugee families in SE Portland. Recently, she finished her Master’s in Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from Concordia. She is excited to serve as the Advocacy Chair for ORTESOL and continue to develop its strong role in the community supporting ESOL teachers and learners to work and thrive here in Oregon.

Santiago Gustin

Communications Chair


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 holds a MA degree in TESOL from Portland State University. His interests include research in corpus linguistics, English for Specific Purposes 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. 

Lily Cordaro

Workshop/Conference Co-Coordinator


Lily Cordaro's interest in teaching ESL began as a Spanish language student.  Trying to find a way to finance language classes, she found a 4 month Spanish home stay, where she received room and board in exchange for tutoring her host family in English. Realizing the career potential and her own excitement for teaching English, she went back to school and earned an MA in Linguistics with a TESOL concentration from the University of Colorado Boulder. Lily taught English to immigrants and full-time in an intensive English program for international students preparing to study at a U.S. university. During her 7 years teaching in Colorado, Lily was active in the teaching community presenting at conferences and serving on the fundraising committee of the non-profit Boulder-based Intercambio, supporting their mission to provide affordable classes for English language learners. She took a break from teaching after her first child was born. Now living with her 3 children and husband in Clackamas, Oregon, Lily is very excited to serve on the ORTESOL board and become part of Oregon's ESL teaching community.

Naila  Bairamova

Volunteer Coordinator


Naila holds BA in Applied Linguistics and is currently pursuing an MA TESOL from Portland State University. She has been  part of Language Literacy and Technology Research group since 2018. Naila is passionate about adult education, digital and basic literacy, and issues around equity for adult learners.  Being a language learner herself, she is interested in the second language acquisition field . She also taught English for 3 years when she lived in kazakhstan. She is excited to be a part of ORTESOL and is looking forward to serve both professionals and learners in our realm. 

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