Intensive English Program Staff
For your questions about admission to the IEP or immigration contact:
Catherine Lee, MA in International Education
Catherine Lee is the Intensive English Program Coordinator at UW – Eau Claire. She is responsible for recruitment, admissions, orientation, immigration advising, and finances for the program. In addition she also manages UWEC's recruiting partners.
She received her undergraduate degree in German and Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine,and her Masters in International Education from the SIT graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. Her international experience includes studying and working for four years in Germany and working for two and a half in Azerbaijan. She has also traveled extensively around the world both for work and pleasure.
Outside of the office you can find Catherine on the bike and cross-country ski trails in Eau Claire training for the next big race.
Stacy's responsibilities as the Intensive English Program Assistant include coordinating the Conversation Partner program, maintaining the IEP website and Facebook page, assisting IEP coordinator in preparing for new student orientation, helping students through the IEP application process, and working with recruitment partners abroad.
Stacy began working in the CIE in April 2011 as the Intensive English Program Student Assistant. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a B.A. in Political Science, then continued working in the CIE as the Intensive English Program Assistant. As a student, Stacy spent a semester abroad at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. In her free time, Stacy enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, baking, and playing tennis.
Linda Carlson, MA in TESL
I am the ESL program coordinator and a lecturer in ESL. I'm from Appleton, Wisconsin, but have lived in Poland for 2 years and Germany for 12 years, and travelled all over Europe and into Russia and Turkey. My BA is in Journalism and my MA is in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota. I taught Academic English at the University of Tuebingen in Germany for 8 years, and led the Academic English section there, and I've also taught business English in Germany and taught at the University of Minnesota and UNI. My main hobbies are gardening and cooking, and then, of course, eating!I love helping students reach ALL their goals, and I always have an open door (but please make an appointment if you can!).
Julie Adler, MS in TESOL
I am from Madison, Wisconsin. My BA was in Comparative Literature and included a one-year study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. My MA is in TESOL. In the last 20 years, I have taught all the ESL and TESOL classes at UWEC. I have also lived and taught in France, Mexico and soon, China (summer of 2015). I love working with international students and learning about different cultures! I am happily married to Ken who is retired and does a lot of volunteer work. We have two wonderful adult daughters who both live just 150 kilometers away. One is a bilingual music teacher, the other is a bilingual psychiatric social worker (both function is Spanish and English). In my free time, I love to ride my horse, Tabasko. I also love to read, and travel with my husband.
Joyce Johnson, MEPD in TESOL
Teaching at UW-Eau Claire has been such a rewarding experience for me. I am energized by interacting with students from so many different countries and backgrounds. My love for cultures started when I lived in Czech Republic with my husband and three children. It was a life-changing experience and caused me to get my Masters in Education – Professional Development (TESOL). I thoroughly enjoy being back in Wisconsin where the summers are warm and green, and the winters are cold and snowy. When I'm not teaching, I relax with family or spend time cooking, gardening, and knitting.
Tom Carlson, MA in TESL
I have a BA in Linguistics and German from Augsburg College and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota. I studied Linguistics and History at the Universität Stuttgart. My experience teaching includes teaching business English and leading and training and developing teachers for 15 years in Stuttgart, Germany, and teaching English at the University level both in Stuttgart and at the University of Minnesota. I speak German almost as well as English, and I have also learned Dutch. My main hobby is playing trombone in several jazz, blues, and rock bands in the Eau Claire area. Teaching students from all over the world is always an exciting adventure, and I loves learning about their families and cultures as well as their languages.
Ami Christensen, MA in TESOL
I have been teaching ESL/EFL since 2007. I've taught in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States, and I speak Japanese. I have an MA in TESOL from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a BA in theatre from Northwestern College. Before becoming an ESL/EFL instructor, I worked in arts administration. I enjoy traveling and spent several years working as a flight attendant, too. Now my hobbies include riding my motorcycle and paddling in my canoe.