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2022 TESOL ELevate Photos Program

brenda10Brenda Custodio is a former ESL teacher in Columbus, Ohio. She currently works in teacher education at The Ohio State University as well as serving as a consultant in the areas of literacy, newcomers, trauma, and students with limited or interrupted formal education. She is the former chair of the TESOL Refugee Concerns Interest Section and the TESOL Secondary Schools Interest Section. She is the author of three books on supporting multilingual learners.
ManuelManuel De Jesus Gómez Portillo, PhD, is an educator, researcher, author, and advocate. He currently works as an educational specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools. Dr. Gomez Portillo earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Radford University, and a master’s degree in TESOL and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Shenandoah University. His research focuses on family engagement, Indigenous families from Latin America, cultural responsiveness, and multilingual learners.
Patricia Rice DoranPatricia Rice Doran is a professor of special education at Towson University, where she oversees a federal teacher training project focused on multilingual learners; advises elementary and middle school special education majors; and teaches courses focused on assessment, inclusion, and cultural and language diversity. Her research interests include linguistically accessible instruction, identification and service delivery for multilingual learners with disabilities, and neurodevelopment.
Jan E DormerJan Dormer, PhD, is professor of TESOL in the graduate education program at Messiah University. She has worked extensively in Indonesia, Brazil, and various African countries. She currently works with schools and teachers in meeting the needs of multilingual learners. She is the author of What School Leaders Need to Know About English Learners and is a contributing author to the TESOL Press Zip Guide on Newcomers.
Linville Faculty 2019Heather A. Linville, PhD, is professor and TESOL director at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Her current research explores how digital storytelling encourages translanguaging in English language teaching. Dr. Linville has worked in various countries and has served TESOL International Association in various ways. She also researches how teachers advocate for multilingual learners and how different factors influence advocacy beliefs and actions. With James Whiting, Dr. Linville is the coauthor of the TESOL Zip Guide: Advocating for English Learners.
Tomohisa MachidaTomohisa Machida, PhD, is a professor in the English Language Teaching program in the graduate school at Akita International University. He received his MA in TEFL and PhD in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Machida developed and conducted teacher training by collaborating with local boards of education and educational companies. His research interests include elementary school English education, language anxiety, and teacher education.
Amy K NoggleAmy Noggle is an associate professor of special education and a faculty member in the Early Childhood/Special Education program at Towson University. For a decade, she taught in a metropolitan Maryland school district. Her research interests include father involvement, policy issues, and the inclusion of culturally and linguistically diverse families in special education processes. Her work has been published in the Early Childhood Education Journal and Young Exceptional Children.
JudyJudith B. O’Loughlin, MEd, is a former K–8 ESL teacher who now provides professional development for K–12 teachers. She is a member of the TESOL Refugee Concerns Interest Section and a former chair of the TESOL PreK–12 Interest Section. Her publications include The Academic Language Accelerator, and Students With Interrupted Formal Education: Bridging Where They Are and What They Need and Supporting the Journey of English Learners after Trauma with Brenda Custodio. She presents workshops nationally and internationally.
JenniferJennifer Pendergrass, PhD, is the ESOL instructional coach for Floyd County Schools. Her leadership journey started in 2007 when she began working with teachers to give them the tools to keep multilingual learners engaged. She now also works with school districts, empowering their teachers to meet the needs of multilingual learners. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Deaf education at Ball State University, her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at University of Phoenix, her ESOL endorsement at Northwest Georgia RESA, and her doctorate in teacher leadership at Walden University.
MRomney photoMary Romney is a retired educator, having spent more than 40 years teaching English as a second or foreign language to students in Madrid, New York City, Barcelona, and Connecticut. She has been a member of TESOL International Association since 1985. She has a BA and MA in Spanish, MA in TESOL, and EdM in educational media.
Vera Savic_photoVera Savić, PhD, is an assistant professor of applied linguistics and head of the Philological Department at the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, University of Kragujevac, Serbia. She specialises in teaching English to young learners and EFL teacher education. Dr. Savić is the coauthor, with Joan Kang Shin and Tomohisha Machida, of the book The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners®: Young Learners in a Multilingual World.
Joan Kang ShinJoan Kang Shin, PhD, is a professor of education at George Mason University and director of the Global Online Teacher Education Center (GOTEC). She is an award-winning author and series editor for National Geographic Learning. Her titles include  Breaking Through the ScreenTeaching Young Learners EnglishOur World, and Impact. Dr. Kang Shin is also coauthor of TESOL’s The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners®: Young Learners in a Multilingual World.
jcwhead2James Whiting, PhD, is on the faculty at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire, where he also coordinates the graduate program in TESOL. Over the last 30 years, he has taught multilingual learners and prepared English language teachers in the United States and internationally, in Spain, Russia, Quebec, and Panama, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. His research interests include advocacy in TESOL and multilingual learners in low-incidence settings. With Heather Linville, Dr. Whiting is the coeditor of Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning. He is currently chair of TESOL’s Teacher Education Interest Section.
Debbie ZacarianDebbie Zacarian, EdD, provides professional development and policy analyses for K–16 educators of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. With three decades of combined experience as a university faculty member, educational service agency leader, and a district administrator, she has written more than 100 publications, including, most recently, Beyond Crises: Overcoming Linguistic and Cultural Inequities in Communities, Schools, and Classrooms and Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress.