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EAL Week - Panel Discussion

From the Classroom to the Office – Moving your Career from EAL Teaching to Education Administration and Management

Are you curious about moving out of the classroom and exploring other EAL-related options?

Join BC TEAL for this free event during EAL Week! Four professionals from the private and public sectors who have transitioned from classroom careers to school administration and management positions will be sharing their experiences in a panel discussion. You are invited to attend, participate, and learn more about whether this might be a good move for you.

Date:  Thursday, November 24, 2016
Location:  Kaplan International English | 755 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Time:  6:00-8:00 pm
Panelists:  Michelle Ronback, Andrea Solnes, Amea Wilbur, and Brian Wilson – See LATEST UPDATES to read about the panelists.

BC TEAL will be providing refreshments.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 23rd  to confirm your spot.

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Michelle Ronback is Academic Manager at Kaplan International English. Her 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 Multi-Ecoute in Montreal, teaching English to refugees and landed immigrants. Since arriving in Vancouver in 1996, Michelle has taken on several different roles in international education, including teaching, program coordination, curriculum development, marketing and school management. The study of language and culture has always been a passion for her and working in this field has been consistently rewarding.
Andrea Solnes – LINC Manager, Immigrant Services Society of BC. As an ESL teacher, coordinator, manager, facilitator and social innovator, Andrea has worn many hats within the local landscape of language delivery and community development. She is happy to share her journey with those thinking of making the transition from the classroom to other areas that support adult education. Having taught ESL to immigrants through the transitions from ELT, LINC, ELSA and back to LINC, she became involved in several projects including curriculum development and project coordination for arts-based and community initiatives, and managed a LINC program in Burnaby/New Westminster. Most recently, she has been working contractually and exploring opportunities in finding new and alternative ways of building community and supporting immigrants and refugees in their social adaptation and well-being.
Amea Wilbur currently works as the Manager of Programs at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. She has taught in a variety of different settings and positions including Vancouver Coastal Health’s Access Community through English and in Capilano University Community Outreach and Development. She also moved between coordination, management and teaching throughout her career. She completed her Doctorate in Education from UBC in 2015.
Brian Wilson (MA TESOL) is the Curriculum Manager at UBC Vantage College. Before taking on this role, he was an Instructional Designer/Project Manager at UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, a role which he undertook after 18 years teaching EAL. His particular areas of interest include educational technology, emerging media, program design and how learners studying in their second (or additional) language interact in L1 content environments and how this affects the application of instructional methodology.
Kaplan International English, 755 Burrard Street, Vancouver

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