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Regional Representatives

BC TEAL is happy to announce the start of our Regional Representatives Program. The goal of this initiative is to better meet the professional development needs of our members throughout BC. Each Regional Group was created to provide a way for EAL professionals living in specific areas of BC to connect, share ideas and resources, and find out about professional development opportunities in their area. If you would like to join the regional group in your area, have an idea for a PD event, or are interested in organizing/hosting an event, please login and go to Groups in our Community Area. All Regional Groups are listed there. Currently, there are BC TEAL Regional Representatives and active groups for the following areas:

Fraser Valley: Min Li

Min works at the LINC program in the Abbotsford Community Services as a TA after receiving her TESL certificate in 2016 at University of the Fraser Valley. She completed her Master Degree in British and American Literature in China in 2001 and Translation and Interpreting Advanced Diploma at RMIT in Australia in 2009. Min has worked for an Australia–China Vocational Education and Training Project and Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) for more than 8 years and she has taught EFL in China for 8 years. She has had a wide variety of experience with coordinating and administration while working as a Project Coordinator before.

Kootenays: Cari-Ann Roberts Gotta

Cari-Ann is currently the International School Chair for Selkirk College. She has recently returned to B.C. after years working in ELL in Alberta where she was with Bow Valley College. Cari-Ann’s experience in the field of English Language Learning includes teaching international students, teaching newcomers, providing rural program delivery, and training TESOL instructors. Her current focus is supporting others in teaching and learning through her role as School Chair, as a conference presenter, and as the Regional Representative for the Kootenays.

Northern BC: Khaula Shehzad

Khaula has her Masters degree in Biology from Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and a teaching degree from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has taught as a high school teacher in Pakistan, Ireland, and Canada. Khaula moved to Canada in 2009 and got her TESL certification in 2012. Since then she has taught as an ESL instructor at a school district, IMSS, Shecana,UNBC, and CNC. Currently, she is working at CNC, Prince George. Khaula is looking forward to working with everyone in the ESL community.

Okanagan: Julie Schiller-Birch

Julie’s journey started after a BA in General Studies, and a minor in Dance Education, followed not long after by a CELTA, a DELTA and eventually, a MEd in TESOL. After living and working abroad, Julie returned to Kelowna in 2007, first working at a local private college and then at Okanagan College. Since mid-2009, she has taught various courses for the ESL, International Education, and Continuing Studies departments both in Vernon and Kelowna. Her professional interests include EAL materials development, teacher development, teacher research, and culture/languages.

Julie considers herself a travel enthusiast and global citizen — she has visited over 40 countries (still hopes to experience more) and lived outside Canada for more than 30 years of her life! She started teaching EAL in 1988 but has had breaks for studying, travelling, and raising her 2 children (now 15 and 21). Julie would love to connect with you and find out how she might represent or support your interests with information or activities.

Thompson-Nicola: Vera Ziwei Wu

Vera works in the Writing Centre and the International Training Centre at Thomson Rivers University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Translation and Interpretation with 8 years of experience working with language learners in various educational settings. Having received her TESL Certificate at TRU, she is also a graduate student in Master of Education. Her current focus is on career support for TESOL professionals and academic support for ELLs.

Vancouver Island: John Morgan

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of London, Institute of Education. He is currently an English Instructor in the English Language Centre at the University of Victoria, where he has taught for the past five years. He has taught numerous courses in the English Language Centre including the University Admission Program, Advanced Writing, Business English and Academic and General English Courses. Before teaching at UVic, he taught overseas for 14 years at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea where he focused on teaching courses in Academic Writing and Presentations. His areas of interest in teaching include technology and its applications for teaching, learner motivation and feedback and evaluation.

If you are interested in learning more about this initiative, please contact us at admin@bcteal.org or 604-736-6330.

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