Georgia Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages

2016-2017 GATESOL Executive Board Profiles 


Dr. Cherrilynn Woods Washington

Dr. Cherrilynn Woods Washington has been an educator for 21 years, working in a variety of educational settings with diverse groups of learners and cultures. She has a B.S. in Home Economics with a concentration in Child Development, a M.S in Elementary Education, and Ed. D. in Teacher Leadership. Cherrilynn has taught Kindergarten, fourth, fifth grades and GED classes in the Atlanta Public School System. Presently, she is an itinerant ESOL teacher providing ESOL curriculum support for four elementary schools in the South Atlanta and Carver Clusters. Her work with adults includes teaching online educational classes from Grand Canyon University, ELL professional development training, trained SIOP Coach and co-presenting with other ESOL and Mainstream colleagues with in and out of my school system.  She is the retired Service Unit Director for Ben Hill Greater Atlanta Girl Scouts (21 years of service to girl scouts) and the President for GATESOL serving many roles on the board since 2007. 

Cherrilynn has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 20 plus years serving in various roles as Hostess, Membership Chair, Graduate Advisor Council, Pan-Hel Rep, Corresponding Secretary, Nominating Committee Chair, Presidents Assistant, and Leadership Logistic Captain, and Foundation Member.  Some of her accomplishments include two wonderful boys, WIDA educator of the month, Teacher of the Year awards by George Alexander Towns Elementary School, Outstanding Volunteerism Award from the Ben Hill community, and the Mentor-Leader Award.

Immediate Past President

Jeff Terrell 

1st Vice-President/Conference Chair

Kendra M. Castelow, Ed.S.

Kendra M. Castelow is an ESOL teacher in Houston County.  For over 16 years, she has taught K-12 and adult English Learners and general education students.  Kendra has previously taught English as a Second Language in an Intensive English Program in Oklahoma and in K-12 in her native St. Louis before moving to Georgia.  She obtained her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  In addition, she holds a M.A. in Education with a specialization in TESL from Oral Roberts University and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia College and State University (GCSU).  In 2015 Kendra obtained her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from GCSU and now holds a Performance-Based leadership certificate (P-12).  She is fully certified in ESOL (P-12), Early Childhood, and in Middle Grades Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Kendra has presented at the Middle Georgia Diversity in Education Conference at GCSU, the ESOL Conference at Kennesaw State University, and at GATESOL Conferences.   

Presently, Kendra enjoys her time with Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (GATESOL) in various positions:  1st Vice-President (2016-2017), Conference Chair for the 2017 36th Annual GATESOL Conference, Regional Liaison (Regions 8, 9, & 12).  Kendra fulfilled the following roles:  GATESOL Executive Board Member (2012-2014), Exhibitor Liaison for the 2015 GATESOL Conference, Secretary (2015-2016), Program Chair for the 2016 GATESOL Conference, and K-12 Editor for GATESOL’s online research journal, TESOL In Action.  GATESOL selected her as a delegate to attend the 2015 &n2016 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summits in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Kendra values community involvement and engagement of all stakeholders.  In 2017, she was elected to the Sacred Heart Catholic School Board.  She has been a Soccer Coach of the K4/5 & 1st/2nd Boys team for Upward with Central Baptist Church.  Also, she serves as an Association Representative for Georgia Association of Educators (GAE).  Furthermore, Kendra is a member of TESOL International, the Macon Arts Alliance, the Tubman Museum, a proud Lifetime Member of Phi Kappa Phi, and an Alum of the 2016 Leadership Robins Region class.

Kendra is married and has 2 wonderful children, Roxanna and Kendall. In her spare time, she enjoys speaking Spanish, learning about cultures of the world, and listening to various musical genres. Kendra’s experiences allow her to network with and provide support to other educators, administrators, and professionals to be an agent of change in the field of TESOL. 

2nd Vice-President/Membership Chair

Elizabeth Webb


Dr. Jayoung Choi, Ph.D.

Jayoung Choi, Ph.D., is a clinical assistant professor of ESOL and Literacy education in the Middle and Secondary Education Department at Georgia State University. She had been a teacher of Korean and English languages at the P-12, university, and community settings and she currently teaches TESOL/literacy/educational research courses to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. Her research areas include second language education, bi/tri-lingual education and tri-literacy development, multilingual adolescents’ literacy practices and identity, ESOL/language teacher education, and multicultural education. Her research has been published in journals, including TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Journal, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Jayoung is the Program Chair for the 2017 GATESOL Conference.


Greg Wickersham 


Christina Catinella

Christina Catinella is currently a special education teacher at The GLOBE Academy, a dual immersion charter school in DeKalb County School District. Before teaching at GLOBE, she was an ESOL teacher at Lake Forest Elementary School in Fulton County Schools for three years. There she also served as the PTA Treasurer and was elected as the Teacher Representative on the School Governance Council. While at Lake Forest ES, she participated in two action research projects: one on new co-teaching models implemented at the school, and one on the possibility of implementing a dual immersion program at the school.

Christina began her service on the Executive Board of GATESOL as Treasurer, where she served for three years. Now she serves as a Member-at-Large, Regional Liaison for Region 4, and Dual Language Immersion Interest Section Leader. Christina has represented GATESOL three times at TESOL’s Advocacy and Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.

Christina is a Knoxville, Tennessee native and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and World Business from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her passion for ESOL began when she worked in banking and tutored adults in the evenings for the Buncombe County Literacy Council in Asheville, NC. After moving to Atlanta, Christina earned her Master of Arts in Teaching TESOL from Kennesaw State University. There she was recognized as a nominee for Outstanding Scholar. Christina is passionate about advocacy, education policy, and dual immersion education. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, photography, and sports.


Al Dodge

Al is Managing Director of Dodge Learning Resources in Tyrone, Georgia, which represents publishers of educational materials. It is also a wholesale distributor of children’s books, adolescent literature and professional resources for educators.

In connection with the business, he is often involved in research on educational materials, student motivation and curriculum. His “Student Literature Preference Studies” included a large number of ESOL students and generated new data that helped elevate the importance of nonfiction with striving readers. Results from those studies were presented as “How to Start a Book Frenzy” at the National Title I Conference, various state literacy conferences and as district-level workshops for professional learning.

Al was the founder and Program Director for the Georgia Conferences on Teaching Writing and Reading and is a past president of the Georgia Educational Representatives Association.


Dr. Katie Simon Kurumada

Dr. Katie Simon Kurumada began her teaching career working in Atlanta-area Title One elementary schools. A desire to better meet the needs of her students' literacy development led her to pursue her Master’s degree in Language and Literacy from Georgia State University, while also working as a classroom teacher and later, ESOL teacher. While pursuing her doctoral degree at GSU, Dr. Kurumada fell in love with working with pre-service teachers as an instructor and field supervisor. Her current role as Clinical Assistant Professor in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at GSU allows her to teach courses in language and literacy development and supervise beginning teachers in local schools. She is honored to be a part of the GATESOL Board and work closely with Georgia educators committed to equitable instruction for Dual Language Learners.


Anna Yang

Of Hmong ancestry, Anna Yang was born and raised in Kansas City, KS where she lived until she graduated from high school. She then moved to Georgia to attend Toccoa Falls College where she graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in secondary social studies education and a minor and endorsement in TESOL. She then began her teaching career at Norcross High School in Norcross, GA where she taught sheltered, gifted and honors world history for seven years. In 2011 she received her M.Ed. in TESOL from the University of Georgia. In 2012, she left teaching to work for the GECAT (Georgia ESOL for Content-Area Teachers) grant, a federally-funded professional development grant sponsored by the University of Georgia designed to endorse in-service teachers in ESOL. As the GECAT grant project coordinator, she was the instructor de facto for the three ESOL endorsement courses and ran the day-to-day operations of the grant, including recruiting, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. Anna is currently working on her Ph.D. in TESOL through the University of Georgia, which examines content-area ESOL-endorsed teachers of special ESOL program models as they are implemented in one Georgia school system. When the GECAT grant concludes in July 2017, Anna will return to the classroom to teach 8th grade social studies at Sweetwater Middle School in Lawrenceville, GA.

Anna is married and greatly enjoys being mom to three sweet little girls, Waverly, Jubilee and Everleigh. 


(Assisting Membership Chair)

Jan Anglade

Mr. Jan Anglade has been an educator for 17 years.  Being from the island of Puerto Rico, Mr. Anglade has been an EL his whole life.  He has a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Puerto Rico, as well as a M.Ed. in TESOL from Kennesaw State University.  For the last 11 years, he has worked as an ESOL teacher at the DeKalb International Student Center (DISC), where he has learned an enormous amount of information regarding working with ELs.  At the DISC, Mr. Anglade has worked in both programs offered at the school: The Intensive English Program, which is for 3rd to 12th grade students that need to learn English, as well as in the LAB program, which is for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) students that are 13 years of age or older, but have been in school for less than 7 years. 

                By working at the DISC, Mr. Anglade has been in constant contact with the communities where the students reside.  Additionally, while completing his Masters in TESOL, he became aware of advocacy needs of the EL population in the state of Georgia.  Mr. Anglade had been an active member of GATESOL for the last couple of years, as well as being a presenter at the GATESOL and KSU TESOL Conferences. 

         Mr. Anglade is the DISC’s English Language Arts Department Chair, Member of the Leadership Team of the school, and the 2016-2017 school’s Teacher of the Year. 


Dr. G. Sue Kasun, Ph.D.

G. Sue Kasun has extensively researched with Mexican-origin populations for over two decades. Her work is multi-sited, situated in sending and receiving communities spanning the U.S.-Mexican border, highlighting the transnationalism of many immigrant communities. She has focused on Mexican-origin populations’ ways of knowing and intersections with language education as well as how Mexican origin youth have performed in schools. Her research is published in many education journals, including Teachers College RecordAnthropology & Education Quarterly and TESOL Quarterly.

Her research and teaching, critical in their orientation toward attempts to work for social justice, stem from her experiences as an educator. Kasun was both an administrator and teacher in Mexican and U.S. schools, including public high schools in the U.S., in which she worked for seven years. Her bilingualism in Spanish also influences how she thinks about language and culture and their intersections with identity. She uses research frameworks that are critical in orientation, and continually works on questioning and understanding her positionality as a white researcher.

Kasun has begun engaging both decolonizing and indigenizing curricula, and continues engaged activist-oriented research with U.S. schools, especially as it relates to language education and the recent explosion of dual language education. She is a CAEP TESOL reviewer and also on the editorial board of TESOL Journal.


Blake McIntire 

GaDOE Liaison

Dr. Jacqueline Ellis NBCT, Ed.D.

Dr. Ellis is the State ESOL Program Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education where she serves as the state contact for all topics related to the policies and procedures of the state ESOL program. Jacqueline has served as a Peace Corps EFL instructor in China, a middle school ESOL/ELA teacher/ESOL team leader in Florida and a high school ESOL/ELA teacher/ELA department chair in Georgia.  Jacqueline has a very strong background in both ESOL and language arts programs and services.  Jacqueline’s doctorate is in Curriculum and Instruction – with an emphasis on TESOL- and she has a master’s degree in TESOL education.  Jacqueline is also a NBCT in ESOL and she holds additional certifications in ESOL, language arts and leadership.

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