2018-2019 Board Members

President: Irina Volchok


Irina, an MA Linguistics candidate, is passionate about psycho-/neurolinguistics, adult language acquisition, and teaching academic writing and reading. Currently, she is studying Cree, an Algonquin language, and promoting Indigenous Studies among her ESP students. She has served as the President of the Linguistics Graduate Student Association at the University of Manitoba beginning in 2014. Since 2013, she has taught academic writing and reading courses to upper-intermediate and advanced international students and permanent residents of Canada at the University of Winnipeg.



Secretary: Katelynd Brosowsky

kat-picKatelynd is currently working as an English as a Second Language day instructor at Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology’s Erin campus. She teaches the Mom & Baby Class, in which newcomer mothers have their young babies in class with them while they learn.

Katelynd completed her B.A and B.Ed. at the University of Manitoba. She spent time teaching overseas at a Manitoba curriculum secondary school in Beijing, China, which is where her love of language instruction was born.

Katelynd began working as an adult language instructor in 2011. She has previously worked in language programs at the U of M and U of W, as well as a certified CLBPT assessor at WELARC.


Communications Chair: Cintia Costa

Cintia holds a Masters in Linguistics and a Bachelor in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Universidade Federal do Pará, in Brazil. She has presented several talks and workshops about the use of technology and autonomy in language learning in various conferences in Brazil, Canada and the United States. She participated in research groups about autonomy in language learning and language counselling in Brazil. She has been a teacher trainer and ESL/EFL, Portuguese and Italian teacher since 1993. She taught in the Portuguese program at Duke University, in the United States, and in the TCP program at the University of Winnipeg. She has also taught various classes on how to use technology to teach languages, applied linguistics, the use of genres to teach foreign languages, among others. She implemented many collaborative projects between her ESL / EFL students and students in Russia, Italy, United States, Austria, and Canada. She loves to learn and is interested in collaborative projects, autonomy, education, and the use of technology in language teaching and learning. She currently works as an ESL Instructor at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology in Winnipeg. In her free time, she loves yoga, meditation, and going to parks.


Membership Chair: Roger Wong

img_20170120_195302Roger has been an English instructor in Winnipeg for the last 4 years and taught abroad for 2 years before that. He has been serving as President of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme’s Alumni group for Manitoba-Saskatchewan for the last 4 years. Currently, the programme holds a variety of events during the year, as well as assists in the Japanese Consulate in Calgary with recruitment for the JET Programme. Contacting and recruiting alumni members is a part of Roger’s duties with that organization.

He is also familiar with a variety of social media platforms and very comfortable with new technology. As an example, he recently created a class that used an online publishing platform (Lucid Press) to publish a newsletter. Students were able to collaboratively work on documents to submit each week. Such projects are of interest to Roger, and he would like to gain more experience with managing large memberships and the tools required to do so.


TESL Canada Liaison: Scott Poole

Scott attended the University of Manitoba where he completed a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature.  He then went on to get a Journalism Diploma at Vancouver Community College, as well as a Bachelors of Education from Lakehead University and a Masters of Education in L2 Language and Literacy from Deakin University.

Scott spent most of his teaching career overseas.  He spent 6 years in Hong Kong as part of the NET Scheme working in a Hong Kong high school preparing his students for the reading and writing section of the Hong Kong university entrance exams.  Scott then moved to Korea to work at Inha University for 9 years.  It was at Inha that he became interested in Writing Centre Theory and the use of Peer Conferences to improve writing.

Since relocating to Winnipeg in 2013, he has been coordinating and teaching in The University of Winnipeg’s ESL Teacher Certificate Program.


Manitoba TEAL Liaison: Anna Schaefer

Teaching English to adult immigrant and refugee newcomers has been her privilege and passion since 2009. She has worked with beginner literacy and low-level students in a variety of settings and programs including Living English, Winnipeg School Division, Mosaic Family Programs and Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and got her B. Ed at U of M in the 80s. Before diving into ESL, Anna taught junior high band, music and choir, gave private piano and flute lessons, was self-employed in a home based custom home decorating and fabrication business for 15 years and raised 3 great kids together with her super supportive husband. She enjoys socializing, hosting dinner parties, discussing a wide variety of novels at a book club, gardening, and travelling. She is pleased to be joining TEAM.



Awards Chair: Antoanela Denchuk


As an EAL instructor for the past 17 years, Antoanela has taught multilingual learners from a variety of language learning backgrounds. She has taught in Korea and Japan, and at University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba’s Intensive English program. In addition to EAL teaching, Antoanela has taught in the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education at the UM. Furthermore, Anotanela is an EAL learner herself and has been immersed in English language learning for many years.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Honors, a Master of Education, focusing on second language teaching and learning (M.Ed.) and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTESL). Antoanela is currently the English as an Additional Language Specialist Instructor in the Academic Learning Center at the University of Manitoba.

Antoanela is committed to the EAL/ESL teaching and has previously served on the TEAM executive as the Welcoming Committee Chair and as a Member-at-Large. She has presented at various conferences including TEAM conferences, IWCA, TESOL, and SSLW conferences. She is a member of LSAC, IWCA and TESOL. Her current interests are in vocabulary acquisition, academic reading and writing instruction, academic integrity, linguistic diversity, EAL programming, and Generation 1.5 language learners.


Members at Large

Profiles coming soon!

Ricci Gementiza

Tamara Stoesz

Carol Hutchinson


Vacant positions: Vice-President, Fundraising Chair, Professional Development Chair, and Treasurer.