for International Education
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Hello to all the UW-Eau Claire TESOL and TEFL
Stay in touch
Please keep the program participants and faculty up to date on
your activities and milestones since you have graduated!! All you
need to do is write a brief email update to Dr.
Reynolds. Be sure to include only the information that you want
posted on the web, and write in an "internet-ready" style,
and Dr. Reynolds will post it to this page.
- Gail Servoss-Graduating in English and TESOL in December 1989, I beat my 40th birthday by a few months! I was lucky enough to obtain my first teaching job the following fall at North High School here in Eau Claire. It has been quite a ride. In the beginning I taught mostly Hmong refugees with a few other second language speakers sprinkled in. After several years most of my students were children who were born in the USA but struggled with academic English. Soon, most of North's content area ESL classes were abandoned to give more support to students in their "mainstream" content area classes. I continued to teach an ESL English class, however. Two and a half years ago I welcomed the opportunity to become a member of Northstar Middle School's staff. There I became an advocate for the second language students and started to teach a preteaching class to help prepare them for their classes.Now in Eau Claire, we have brand new students directly from Thailand, so my job has changed once again. I am back full-time at North where ESL content area classes (now named ELL) are back. Currently, I teach ELL English and Science. I have come full-circle and am enjoying every hectic minute! 1/27/05
- Nadya Kim- Having returned to Kazakhstan last summer I had one month to visit my friends and family, re-adjust to my culture, think of the future, decide what I really wanted to do, and find a new job. In my mind, I succeeded in everything besides the ‘culture thing’ – I am still grumbling about some cultural differences :-) Currently, I am working at the Academy of Languages, a small private institute with 3 majors: Linguistics, TEFL, and Translation, in Shymkent. I am teaching a pronunciation course, a course of phonetics (theory) and two levels of integrated language skills. My students are highly motivated, active and hard-working young people. I really enjoy working with them and take the opportunity to implement everything I learnt while studying and working at UWEC and use the materials I brought with me. Also, I take part in the work of TESh, a professional organization of English Teachers of Shymkent, have made three presentations and am thinking of a demonstration class.
I often think of the professional and personal experience I got in Eau Claire and do miss my professors and friends. Yesterday, I met a woman from the Milwaukee area. The world is so small!!! 1/28/05
- Oleg Yefimov-After one year of wonderful experience in UWEC, I returned to Ukraine . I still had two years of studies, however I was so eager to apply all the knowledge I gained from UWEC's great professors. I applied for an internship in one of Kyiv's secondary schools – I had a nice opportunity to teach English and German to 3rd graders (9-year old kids), 7th graders (13-year old kids) and 11th graders (17-year olds). It was great. Having graduated from my university (summer 2004), I got a job at news agency Interfax-Ukraine, at the same time working at an English school, where now I can polish my professional skills, gaining new experience every single day. However, I feel that I need more education, so I plan to apply for a program at Kyiv National University this summer.
Elizabeth (Peters) Hartung-A lot can happen in a little over a year! I graduated from Eau Claire in December of 2003 and finished student teaching a month later with a job lined up in the Madison area. I started teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the Monona Grove School District in two elementary schools at the end of January. After a few months of trying to figure out if I was coming or going, the school year was coming to a close.
I married Eric Hartung on May 29, 2004 in Eau Claire . We settled in my parents' basement for a few months while he started a new job as a cardiac nurse at Meriter Hospital in Madison and studied like a madman for his board exams. As soon as he took the exam, we took off on our honeymoon to eastern Mexico for whitewater rafting, adventure and wandering. Luckily, we didn't have to wear out our welcome at my parents' house. We bought a house in Monona and moved in during the month of September. We have both been settling into our jobs, our home and married life. Each one has its challenges and joys.
Monona is a wonderful place to live and work. The district has a small and pleasant ELL population that is growing steadily. This means that our team of ELL teachers is able to make changes that impact the structure of the department on a district-wide level. It is a rush to know that you are setting a precedent for how the ELL program will be run throughout your district and that you are enacting positive changes that impact the students. As much fun as that is, I have this odd nostalgia for the days of sitting around and talking theory and research. Guess I won't be staying out of academia for too long! I have stayed active with WITESOL as a recent addition to the board as a member-at-large. I am also working on a presentation for the SWEIO (Southern Wisconsin Educational Inservice Organization) conference with a couple of fellow ELL teachers in the area who are interested in creating a network of teachers from low-incidence districts.
- Heather Anne Williams- I guess I don't truly feel like an alumni yet, being that I just graduated in December, but I am so ecstatic to see this section of the webpage. I love hearing what everybody else is up to!
- I finished student teaching with a fantastic semester working along side Elizabeth Kitzman, a familiar face of the UWEC's TESOL program. I worked with her in 2 hours of High School ESL and afternoons in ESL sessions with elementary students from two of the district's elementary schools.
- I recently signed my first contract as a long-term sub for 2 nd grade for Holly Rantala who is taking maternity leave from Robbins. It is exciting and scary all at the same time. When school's out in June, I plan to spend the summer with my grandma in Southern MN . During these rent-free three months, in addition to helping grandma mow the lawn, I plan to research jobs in North Carolina , where I will be moving in August with my boyfriend and 3 of our close friends.
- I recently discovered this quote and I think it is perfect….
- “The best way to find yourself is by losing yourself in the service of others” –Gandhi
- Peace and Love, Heather Anne Williams email@example.com
- Stacey Bolton- I graduated from UWEC in 2002 and spent two years teaching English in Japan . I participated in the Wisconsin-Chiba Sister State ALT program and was placed at an all girls, upper level, high school in Chiba city. I also assisted the school with their international programs and acted at president of the Chiba-WI Friendship Association. In July of 2004, I returned to the U.S. and began the job search. In September I started working as a Program Associate in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. I work with our exchange programs, our German programs, our New Zealand programs and HECUA. I also work with the IT department as a member of the Curriculum Integration team. In addition, I am currently a student in the CIDE Masters program here at the University of Minnesota.
- Liz Kitzmann is currently a K-12 ESL teacher in Menomonie, Wisc. Her busy family life is shared with many animals and hobbies, and when she is not working for Menomonie School District as a teacher/presenter/ESL consultant, she is really enjoying teaching various TESOL courses at UWEC.
Where is your info?
Alumni, are you receiving the UW-Eau Claire TESOL Newsletter? If
you haven't received the Newsletter for more than 3 months, please
update your address with the University Registrar,
the Alumni Office,
and the TESOL program.
All you former students may also stay in touch by writing an article
for the Newsletter. All the folks in the program are interested
in what you are doing professionally. Write to the TESOL
program with your 800-word article on your teaching situation, job
search, materials and teaching tips, advocacy activities, volunteer
and professional opportunities, and collaborative or action research
Look for college pals
If you want to catch up with all college pals, please
be sure to check in regularly to see if they have posted.
Mentor current TESOL/TEFL students
If you would like to serve as a mentor to a current
student, please email your
name and contact information. A mentee will be determined for you.
Give back to the program
Did you receive financial support to attend the International
TESOL convention while you were a student at UW-Eau Claire? How
much did the experience mean to you professionally? You now have
a chance to return the favor!
If you would like to make a donation (tax write off)
to the enhancement of the TESOL and TEFL Programs at UW-Eau Claire,
please contact the UW-Eau
Claire Foundation. Your support is greatly appreciated!