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BC TEAL’s Past Presidents

1967 – 1969 Patricia Wakefield 1991 – 1993 Catherine Eddy
1969 – 1971 Gwen Smith 1993 – 1995 Debbie Smith
1971 – 1973 Doris Collins 1995 – 1997 Christina Stechisin
1973 – 1975 Barbara Buckley 1997 – 1999 Virginia Christopher
1975 – 1977 Maureen Sawkins 1999 – 2003 Jennifer Pearson Terell
1977 – 1979 Rose Marie Watson 2003 – 2006 Sarah ter Keurs
1979 – 1981 Sandra Venables 2006 – 2007 Catherine Evashuk and Liet Hellwig
1981 – 1985 Nicholas Collins 2007 – 2012 Michael Galli
1985 – 1989 Ernest Hall 2012 – 2016 Shawna Williams
1989 – 1991 Dennie Rothschild 2016 – present Joe Dobson



Jennifer Peachey: Regional Representatives Chair (2017-2019)

Jenn spent twenty years teaching ballet before switching to EAL in 2004. Her first gig was in Vietnam when the family sold everything and travelled for the year. Jenn and her husband moved to Victoria in 2015 and are thrilled to make this their next temporary stop. Jenn is currently working at Global Village Victoria [...]

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Michael Wicks: Chair Outreach Committee (2016-2018)

Michael has 40 years experience in public school teaching from Grade 2-9, and ESL in private schools from beginner to advanced(Academic and Communication). He has been active in shop steward and executive positions of the Education and Training Employees Association since 1995, and president for the last three years. Through active organizing and certification of [...]

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Ken Beatty

Ken Beatty, PhD: Chair Website Committee (2017-2019)

Ken started his career as a high school teacher, worked for 18 years in China, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates. He now teaches MA and EdD students online. Much of his time is spent with writing textbooks and offering international professional development for teachers. His research interests are in autonomy, motivation, and computer-assisted language [...]

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Jennifer Pearson Terell, MEd: Chair TEAL Charitable Foundation

Jennifer Pearson Terell has been involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages as a teacher, teacher trainer and administrator since 1973.  She is currently the TCF Chair and on the BC TEAL Board. Jennifer is a Lifetime Member of BC TEAL and TESL Canada and currently is a teacher trainer at ISSofBC.

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Ryan Drew, BA Honors, MA TESOL: LINC Representative (2016-2018)

Ryan began her career at SUCCESS 17 years ago as a Language Instructor in the LINC program. Nine years ago, she then joined the Language Services management team. As Program Manager – Resource & Curriculum Development at SUCCESS, she was responsible for implementing PBLA, incorporating blended learning and new technologies in the classroom, and standardizing [...]

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Michelle Ronback: Private Sector Representative (2017-2019)

Michelle’s first introduction to teaching English came at a young age in Ottawa, when her mother encouraged her to volunteer to help refugees from Vietnam in 1980. This rewarding experience later inspired her to take on a role at a non-profit in Montreal, teaching English to refugees and landed immigrants. Since arriving in Vancouver in [...]

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Lisa Robertson

Lisa Robertson: Public Post-Secondary Representative (2017-2019)

Lisa Robertson has been teaching ESL at Camosun College since 1989. She has served as program coordinator and assessment /placement advisor and has enjoyed working as a curriculum developer, teacher trainer, and CCLB expert. Lisa has served on the FPSE (Federation of Post Secondary Educators) ESL Caucus and the BC TEAL PAAC (Policy and Advocacy [...]

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