Board Members

To contact anyone on the board, you may email witesolboard@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded on. 

Past President   

Kathy Stamos has been teaching ELLs at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau since 2003. She has taught all levels of ELL classes, both for international students as well as community members on campus and in workplaces such as a large dairy farm. She was instrumental, as a curriculum writer and instructor, in the creation of an Intensive English Program at NTC. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, she taught classes in the Intensive English Program at UW-Green Bay. Kathy has a BA in English Education and an ME-PD specializing in TESOL from UW-Eau Claire. She lives in Wausau with her husband and has two adult children.

President

Kari Johnson has been teaching in the School District of Fort Atkinson as an elementary EL teacher since 2006.  She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Whitewater. Kari holds teaching licenses for Elementary/Middle Education and English as a Second Language. In addition to maintaining the WITESOL website and social media sites, Kari monitors the organization’s email account.  She is also the membership secretary. 

Treasurer

 Tracey Koeppen is currently an EL teacher at an elementary and middle school in the School District of Fort Atkinson. Previously, Tracey worked at an elementary school in the Janesville School District. She has seven years of experience as an EL teacher, but 21 years of experience as a teacher. She joined WITESOL to help build a community of support and to continue to grow as a professional. 

Secretary

Catherine Wilson has been teaching at Fort Atkinson High School as an EL teacher since 2016.  Before teaching full time, Catherine worked in Sheboygan Falls Elementary School with EL students on a part-time basis.  She has also taught overseas in Kazakhstan where she learned Russian as a second language.  

Members-at-Large

Natalija Krsteva is a Bilingual Resource Teacher at the Verona Area High School. She works primarily with students who have recently arrived in the United States. Previously, she worked as a tutor for international students at UW-Whitewater. Natalija earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater and holds teaching licenses in English Ed., ESL, and Spanish Ed. Natalija is passionate about working with EL students since she also learned English as a second language. In addition to English, she also speaks Macedonian and Spanish. Her goal is to provide equitable educational opportunities for multilingual students and improve the quality of the ESL and Bilingual/Bicultural Education programs.

Heather A. Linville, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and TESOL Director at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Heather prepares future teachers to work equitably and effectively with English learners in all teaching contexts. Heather has several publications, including most recently the co-edited volume (with James Whiting) Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning (Routledge, 2019). Her research interests include advocacy, critical language awareness, and social justice for ELs. She has traveled and worked in Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, and Panama.   

Ina Riehle has been teaching English Learners at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau since 2004. She has taught all levels of ELL classes. Ina earned both her bachelors and masters in TEFL from Minsk State Linguistic University in Belarus. She speaks several languages including Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, German, and Polish. She also holds teaching licenses for German at the Elementary/Middle school level and English as a Second Language. Ina lives in Edgar with her ​husband and two teenage children.

Melanie Schneider is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where she coordinates the ESL and Bilingual Education Licensure Program. She is interested in promoting collaborations between IHEs and school districts that lead to professional growth among teachers, university students, and university faculty. In addition to teaching students of all ages, she enjoys working with practicing teachers. A long-time member and supporter of WITESOL, Dr. Schneider has served on the WITESOL Board in various capacities.