2017-2018 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.
Vice-President: Iwona Gniadek
Iwona is an Instructional Designer at the University of Manitoba, Canada. She holds and MA in applied linguistics from the University of Warsaw and is currently pursuing an M.Sc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. Iwona can be reached at @yvetteinmb on Twitter.
Secretary: Tracey Giesbrecht
Tracy Giesbrecht has over 20 years’ experience in EAL. She taught in various contexts in Taiwan including English conversation and Total Physical Response. She began her career in English for Academic Purposes at the English Language Centre at the University of Maniotba. Tracey has previously served as the TEAL MB Journal co-editor and member of the conference committee. Her areas of interest include the influence of culture in teaching and learning and the adjustment and academic success of international students. Tracey is the Program Director of the English Language Centre at the University of Manitoba. She holds a B.Ed from Brandon University and an M.Ed from the University of Manitoba.
Treasurer: Agnieszka Marcinow
Agnieszka was a sales representative in Poland before she moved to Canada in 2010. Since 2012 she has worked at University of Manitoba, initially at the University of Manitoba English as a Second Language Adult Program. Currently she is part of University of Manitoba Extended Education Student and Instructor Services.
Professional Development Chair: Bobbi Plante
Bobbi began her teaching career in 2009 where she taught elementary school in Dongtan, South Korea. Since then, she has taught EFL to middle-school, high-school and post-secondary institutions in Canada. She has also served as a teacher-trainer and ESL consultant at a technical college in Guangdong, China. Outside of the classroom, Bobbi has been a presenter at meetings and conferences, educating stakeholders of current teaching methodologies and best practices, and has developed curricula for various programs both domestically and abroad. Bobbi received her BA in sociology from the University of Manitoba, followed shortly by her certification to teach English. In 2014, Bobbi graduated from Anaheim University with her MA in TESOL. Her research interests included both language assessment and approaches to grammar instruction.
Communications Chair: Logan Brunette
Logan has been teaching adult international students ESL in Winnipeg for seven years. Prior to this, he taught ESL overseas in Guangdong, China. He is currently working as an instructor in the International Student Program at Red River College. Logan has received his BA in English as well as B.Ed and ESL teacher-training at the University of Winnipeg. This is his third year volunteering for TEAM as the communications chair, and he does so to network, give back to the community, learn how to use various communications tools, and to have experience being on a board.
Membership Chair: Roger Wong
Roger 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 Chair: Sherry Seymour
Sherry Seymour, M.A. TEFL/TESL has been working in the field since 2003. She began her career in Korea, where she spent over 7 years teaching English and serving in various roles on the KOTESOL board. In Winnipeg, she currently works for Red River College’s Language Training Centre as a computer lab instructor as well as for the University of Winnipeg’s English for Specific Purposes program teaching Academic writing online. Sherry has been a TEAM board member since 2013. She has served as PD chair for two terms and is currently in the TESL Canada representative. In her free time, Sherry enjoys running, yoga, and curling.
Manitoba TEAL Liaison Chair: 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 Committee 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.
Fundraising Chair: Vacant
Members at Large
Katelynd 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.
Kimbery Lenz has been working in the field of ELT since 1998. She has 15 years of experience in EAL instruction in Canada and abroad, including teaching adult learners in South Korea and Saudi Arabia and international students in the Intensive English Program at the University of Manitoba. In addition to classroom teaching, Kimberly has experience coordinating EAL programs, facilitating course development projects, mentoring instructors and supporting instructor development. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTESL). Currently, she is a Program Coordinator at the English Language Centre at the University of Manitoba.
Cintia Costa 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.
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.