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. Currently, there are BC TEAL Regional Representatives and active groups for the following areas listed below.

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

Diana Ospina

Region: Lower Mainland

Diana has a passion for education which started in 2001 teaching English overseas in Colombia and Chile in both secondary school and college settings. During that time, she taught general and business English courses at various levels. As a first-generation Canadian, Diana had seen first-hand the benefits of settlement services and wanted to focus her attention on working with newcomers. Since her return to Canada in 2011 she has had experience in the ELSA and LINC programs in various teaching, coordinating and management roles. Diana is currently the Senior Manager for the Language Program at MOSAIC overseeing assessment, language and skills training, as well as Inclusion and Diversity training.

Jennifer Cliff-Marks

Region: Kootenays

Jennifer has been instructing at Selkirk College since 1993. Her career in English as an Additional language began when she was an international student at the University of Granada in southern Spain where she later started teaching. She has worked with international students and newcomers to Canada for most of her career. Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Community Development from St. Francis Xavier University, a Bachelor’s degree from Trent University, a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from York University.

Volunteer Position Open

Region: Northern BC

Please contact us at admin@bcteal.org or 604 736 6330 if you are interested in this volunteer position.

Julie Schiller-Birch

Region: Okanagan

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.

Vera Ziwei Wu

Region: Thompson-Nicola

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.

Jean-Marie MacKinnon

Region: Vancouver Island