English as a Second Language (ESL)

Consultants Grant Contract Description:

The ESL Regional Advisor


The division of federal programs and oversight is currently seeking to competitively award grant contracts to ESL Consultants for each of the three grand regions across Tennessee. The ESL Consultant role provides targeted support and mentoring to Title III and ESL directors across each individual region, ensuring that English Learners are adequately served in LEAs across the state. ESL Consultants play an integral role in supporting the Tennessee Department of Education’s (department’s) efforts to improve access to academics and resources for English learners statewide by providing crucial direct assistance to LEAs on a regional level, adding necessary support related to ESL instruction and program implementation across schools and LEAs.

The ESL Regional Advisor's Job Description and Application Rubric are found here


MEET THE 2020  MEMBER-AT-LARGE NOMINEES FOR THE   TNTESOL EXECUTIVE BOARD



EAST REGION 

Joshua Holtcamp

In 2014, I came to serve at Whitwell Middle School as the Assistant Principal/EL teacher. As a matter of fact, it was the bright spot in my day. As I have been teaching EL learners for 7 years. I couldn't imagine my day without them. I do varying programs, programs while working closely with the district-wide EL teacher.

With all working hard, many have exited the program. I would love to be a part of this Board to make a difference in the lives of our EL learners.


Anjelika Riano

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Ms. Anjelika Riano is a multilingual professional with 20 years of experience in the ESOL, World Languages, Immigrant and Refugee Education, International/Latino parental involvement, programs development and implementation. Ms. Riano’s professional history includes positions such as ESOL Coach, Language Acquisition Specialist, Language Development Consultant, District Coordinator of Language Acquisition Programs, as well

as International Newcomer Center Developer and International Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. Ms. Riano known as speaker and presenter at many professional conferences, she is the author of 86 published educational articles. Interviews with her can be found on many podcast platforms including Spotify.


Inna Slisher


Mrs. Inna Slisher is an ELL teacher at Adrian Burnett Elementary, Knox County Schools.  Previously, Mrs. Slisher was invited to participate in the Youth for Understanding Exchange Program/Freedom Support Act by the U.S. Department of Education.  Mrs. Slisher continued her professional education and pursued a MA in CI/ESL from Carson-Newman University. In 2020, Mrs. Slisher was selected to be part of the Professional Learning Advisory Network of the KCS, as well as the TNTESOL conference. Recently, Mrs. Slisher has been selected for the 2020-2021 cohort of the TN Educator Fellows with SCORE (State Collaborative On Reforming Education).  Currently, she is training for the TESOL’s Leadership Development Program, in addition to attending the TESOL Virtual Advocacy and Policy Summit in June, 2020.  Mrs. Slisher has been accepted to the EDD Program in Instructional Leadership at Lincoln Memorial University. 


Logan Thomas

I am a graduate of Liberty University, where I obtained both my BS and MA; I have plans to start my Ed.D within the next year. I chose to become an ESL teacher because I love helping others learn languages. I am fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese and I understand the process of successfully learning another language. My ultimate goal is for all of my students to realize their full potential by becoming fluent in the English language. Seeing my students succeed and learn English is the greatest reward that I could possibly ask for.



MIDDLE REGION

Luke Dickerson

Luke Dickerson has taught English to Speakers of Other Languages for thirteen years with Bedford County and Murfreesboro City Schools. He earned his  International Relations with a concentration in German at Middle Tennessee State University, obtained a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from MTSU, and his ESL endorsement from David Lipscomb in 2009. He also completed a year as an exchange student in Germany. During his time as a public school teacher, Luke has presented multiple times and served on several planning committees for TNTESOL events with the most recent being the Middle Tennessee State University ESL Virtual Summer Academy. Growing up in diverse communities, Luke appreciates the assets of multilingual learners.


Lori Housley

My name is Lori Housley and currently serve as an ELL teacher for Murfreesboro City Schools. In 2015, I earned my doctorate in TESL. I have taught English language learners at the university level prior to them matriculating into the traditional curriculum, as well as elementary age students. As an educator, I create standards-based lessons that focus on unity in diversity and the valuable role each individual brings to the community. I look forward to using my passion to serve Tennessee in such a way as to incorporate more meaningful and applicable opportunities for learners across the state.

LeNaye Pearson

Since 2011, LeNaye Pearson has advocated for the Cheatham County EL community serving as an itinerate EL teacher. She has helped unite teachers by streamlining countywide processes and establishing the county’s EL Livebinder which gives stakeholders access to relevant educational resources. Last year, LeNaye was promoted to Lead EL teacher. She expands her students’ horizons by collaborating with EL leaders around the world, including from Taiwan and Bhutan. LeNaye also hosts tutoring sessions and family nights to supplement students’ learning journeys, connecting them with EL families in the community. LeNaye has presented her experiences at TNTESOL Mini and State Conferences.


Ling Wang 



Ling Wang received her Ph.D. in Literacy Studies from the Middle Tennessee State University in 2013. She is an Associate Professor in Education at Austin Peay State University (APSU). Dr. Wang also serves as the Graduate Coordinator of TESOL programs at APSU. Her research interest is in educational multimedia, literacy studies, foreign language acquisition, and TESOL education. Dr. Wang has published multiple articles in prestigious journals and presented at top rated international and national conferences. She currently serves on the Editorial Review Boards of Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia and Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.


WEST REGION

Amanda Nelms

Dr. Amanda Nelms is an assistant professor of Education at Belmont University where she oversees the English as a second language program.  Prior to her current position, Amanda was an ESL classroom teacher, district instructional coach, and district EL Coordinator in Metro Nashville Public Schools.  She holds a bachelors degree in Elementary Education, Master of Education degree in Teaching English Learners, and an Educational Doctorate degree in Learning Organization and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University.  In addition to having considerable experience as a second language educator, Amanda has extensive experience presenting workshops at local, state, and national conferences.  

Michele Pope

Michele Popeis the daughter of a Puerto Rican father and Nicaraguan mother.  She began her career in education as a school-based, bilingual speech-language pathologist in Houston, Texas and then at the district level.  In 2007, Mrs. Pope received her Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Mrs. Pope has been an ESL teacher in the Memphis area since 2010 and currently works at Bon Lin Elementary in Bartlett, Tennessee.  In May 2020, she was awarded her Education Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership from Union University. 



Tennessee TESOL is a professional, non-profit association whose purposes are to promote scholarship, to disseminate information, to strengthen at all levels instruction and research in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages or dialects, to advocate for and support local, state, and national initiatives that will assure access to educational programs for students learning English as an additional language, and to cooperate in appropriate ways with other groups having similar concerns.

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