Fall 2014 Symposium Presenter Bios

Lofton Alley has a B.A.(Ling) from UVA (Charlottesville, VA) and an M.A. from USQ (Queensland, AU). He has taught extensively in Asia and is currently a Senior Instructor at INTO USF.

Amal Barzanji is an honors student currently in the Master’s program for TESOL at University of Central Florida; a former EFL teacher in Saudi Arabia and former ELL in the United States for two years.

Susan Benson is an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instructor at St. Petersburg College. She is also a doctoral student in the Second Language Acquisition program at the University of Maryland.

Maike Buckingham earned her M.A. in TESOL from Michigan State University and has been teaching at INTO USF for the past two years.

Julie Dell-Jones is a doctoral candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology at USF. Research interests include: arts-based research methods and arts-inclusion in language-learning, immigrant/refugee integration, and intercultural issues.

Jane Harvey has been a language teacher and teacher educator for over 25 years in various countries. She gained her Ph.D. from USF and works in the English Language Program there.

Eric Hughes recently returned from a two-year experience as an English Language Fellow in Mozambique. Along with teaching at USF, he is developing materials for the US Embassy in Mozambique.

Andrea Lypka is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology (SLAIT) at the University of South Florida (USF). Her research interests include identity and storytelling.

Deepa Malavalli, has been teaching ESL since 2006 and works at INTO USF. She earned her M.A. in Modern Philology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Caroline McNair represents Reading Horizons and EASY ESL in Florida. She is currently the president of Broward TESOL Council and has been active with the organization for the past 15 years. Prior to moving to Florida she taught ESOL and ESE in Texas. She loves traveling and experiencing other cultures.

Sandra Russell teaches at USF. She has an M.A. in TESOL from Saint Cloud State University, MN where she worked from 2007 to 2012 in the Intensive English Center.

Rebecca Sandy has 24 years of experience teaching middle school, high school, and adult students; director of Tampa Language Center; Master’s in Adult Education; specialties: curriculum, methods, and career counseling for ELL’s.

Iona Sarieva, Ph.D., is the Director of the EAP Bridge Program at Saint Leo University. She has taught EAP and ESOL teacher-training courses in the US, Europe, and Latin America.


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