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BC TEAL Board of Directors 2017-2018

Come meet the BC TEAL Board of Directors for 2017 – 2018! We are pleased to represent BC TEAL as the language teaching profession continues to grow and develop in B.C.

If you would like to get more involved in your professional organization, please contact us.

For information regarding previous BC TEAL Board of Directors, please look at past issues of TEAL News.

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Joe Dobson, TESL Cert., MEd: President (2016-2018)

Joe first began teaching in the 1990s in Japan and has been in the field for over 20 years. Since 2003, he has been teaching at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops where he teaches in the EAP and the TESL programs.  His main research interests include educational technology, teacher education and intercultural communication.  Some of [...]

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Alison Whitmore, MEd: 1st Vice President (2016-2018)

I spent  20 years of my early adulthood garnering life experiences and seeing the world, interspersed with earning credentials. My eclectic approach to teaching and learning was bolstered by varied forays into the world of academia. I qualified as a BC Certified teacher in 1980, and earned a BGS, with minors in Latin American Studies [...]

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Tanya Ploquin: Treasurer (2016-2018)

Tanya Ploquin has been a full-time instructor in the Vancouver ESL community for over 12 years. Her main passions have been teaching pronunciation, and teacher mentoring. Tanya recently presented at the Victoria BC TEAL conference in February 2016. Committed to ongoing professional development, Tanya has become an active member in BC TEAL to better support [...]

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Fiona Shaw: Secretary, Membership Chair (2017-2019)

Fiona Shaw is a seasoned EAL instructor and program administrator, passionate about Adult Education. She holds a MA (TEAL) from SFU and coordinates the LINC program (SLC) for Douglas College.

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Shawna Williams, MEd: Past President (2016-2018)

Shawna has been a member of BC TEAL since she moved to Vancouver after teaching abroad. She first joined the board in 2008 as the editor of TEAL News. She then moved onto the role of 2nd Vice-president, as co-chair of the 2011 and 2012 annual conferences. She was president of the association from 2012 [...]

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Brenda Lohrenz: Executive Director

Brenda served LISTN in the position of Executive Director for 15 years and has broad experience and networks in the field of English language education. Currently completing a Master’s Degree in Community Development at the University of Victoria, Brenda’s broad perspective will be a boon to BC TEAL as we aim to become even stronger [...]

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Catherine Ebert: Chair PD Committee (2017-2019)

Cathy has a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics. She has worked as both an EAL instructor and educator for over 20 years in Vancouver, China, and Victoria. She currently works at the University of Victoria’s English Language Centre as a Curriculum Coordinator and Student Mentor/Coach.

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Nathan Hall: Chair Social Media (2016-2018)

Nathan Hall received his original TESL certificate in 1995 and completed his MA TESOL from Trinity Western University in 2012. He has taught English in five countries with a more recent focus on EAP and TESL training. He is an advocate for the proper use of technology in language education and has given a number [...]

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Natalia Balyasnikova: TEAL Publications Chair (2017-2019)

Natalia Balyasnikova is a PhD Candidate in TESL and a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia. Natalia collaborates on a range of research and outreach projects with community-based initiatives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her dissertation research project explores English language education in community-based settings, and through this work Natalia aims to support older [...]

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