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Sheryl Slocum began her English language teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Africa. Since then, she has taught in New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, DC, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. Although she began teaching EFL at the middle school level, most of her work has been with adults, college students, and pre-service teachers. Sheryl’s MA in Linguistics/ESL is from American University in Washington, DC, and her PhD in second language writing is from UW-Milwaukee. Sheryl is also the membership secretary.
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.
Kari Johnson has been teaching in the School District of Fort Atkinson for the past fourteen years as an elementary EL teacher. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Whitewater. Kari enjoys maintaining the WITESOL website and social media sites. She also monitors the organization’s email account.
Leeanna Shultz is born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin, and graduated from Ripon College with her Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Spanish. After graduating, she worked for Beloit College for five years as Associate Alumni Director where she learned the ropes of nonprofit and budget management. In 2017, she changed careers and became the Program Coordinator/ESL Instructor for Stateline Literacy Council in Beloit. Leeanna’s current work experience finds her responsible for both the financial and programmatic aspects of managing an adult literacy nonprofit, which positions her well for WITESOL’s treasurer position. She lives in Beloit with her son, Julian and is currently enrolled in a Masters TESOL program through The New School in New York.
Catherine Wilson is in her fourth year of teaching at Fort Atkinson High School as an EL teacher. 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 and where she learned Russian as a second language. Catherine is excited to serve as secretary for the WITESOL Board.
Mari Bodensteiner is a lecturer in the Department of Languages at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (UWEC). Recently, she served as a two-year English Language Fellow in Laos where she worked with government officials to improve communication skills in diplomatic settings. She also mentored university professors in a Community of Practice. Bodensteiner’s M.Ed. in Higher Education is from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and her B.S. is from UWEC in Elementary Education and TESOL.
Liz Browning has been in the field of TESOL for 12 years, teaching ESL mainly at the university level in various programs in the United States (Fayetteville, Arkansas and Milwaukee), Mexico, China and Costa Rica. She recently finished a project with the English Language Fellow Program training future language teachers at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexicali, Mexico. She now teaches at Marquette University and Milwaukee Area Technical College and enjoys the variety provided by working in two very different programs. She has a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from UW Eau Claire and a MA in TESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Yoko Mogi-Hein currently works at the Teaching & Learning, College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Dr. Yoko Mogi-Hein, a native of Tokyo, Japan is a Senior SoTL Scholar and teacher education expert. Yoko brings to the University more than 25 years of professional experience in teacher training, research, and education management. Presently, she teaches the following core courses in the Teaching and Learning and Educational Leadership: Education Policy (110); Authentic Assessment for Bilingual/ESL Education (751); Current Issues in Education (715). Her other post secondary teaching experiences include the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) and Scholar of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Lori Menning is an EL, Bilingual-Bicultural, World Languages Consultant at CESA 6. Prior she taught 16 years in the School District of New London since 2002 where she is also the District ELL/Bilingual Coordinator. Lori is passionate about second language acquisition and education and is proud to serve as WITESOL Advocacy Chair.