Georgia Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages

2017-2018 GATESOL Executive Board Profiles 


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:  President (2017-2018), 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. 

Immediate Past President

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.

1st Vice-President/Conference Chair

Lela Horne, Ph. D.

Lela Horne has 21 years of experience in education.  She has taught a variety of subjects in primary/secondary schools, a GED program, and at a technical college.  Lela's dedication to the ESOL field is driven by a desire to help bilingual friends and family members.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been teaching ESOL in Marietta City Schools for 15 years.  Lela has been a member of GATESOL since 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Grants and Awards committee.

2nd Vice-President/Membership Chair

Greg Wickersham, Ed. S.

Greg Wickersham is a longtime active GATESOL member and current board member at-large who has dedicated his career to teaching and advocating for English learners. He has taught ESOL in Atlanta Public Schools, worked at the Georgia Department of Education, and served as an assistant principal. He currently teaches newcomer ELs at the DeKalb International Student Center. Greg just renewed his National Board Certification in English as a New Language, holds a master’s in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a specialist in Education Leadership from Kennesaw State. In his volunteer time, Greg visits with immigrant detainees and their families at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin. Greg would be honored to continue serving on the Executive Board.


Jennifer Pendergrass, Ed. D.

Jennifer Pendergrass has been teaching for 12 years, and she is currently an ESOL teacher in North Georgia. She earned her B.S. in Deaf Education from Ball State University and her ESOL Endorsement through NWGA RESA. She graduated with her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix. She earned her Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.


Christina Catinella, M. A.

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.


Member-at-Large, 2nd Year

Jan Anglade, M. Ed.

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 of the 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, as well as being the 2016-2017 school’s Teacher of the Year.

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Tuba Angay-Crowder, Ph. D.

I have had the opportunities to work with children and adults of many age levels and abilities while I was teaching English in my home country Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and when I conducted research at Georgia State University. I have worked with children in various settings and gained experience at many schools that serve a variety of populations. With my diverse background, I embrace the challenges and joys of teaching children, youth and adults, and working with passionate teachers. Across my experience at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University, I have taught various undergraduate and graduate courses, redesigning and developing course syllabi for each. 

My research interests are second language writing, second language identities, adolescents’ multimodal practices, and professional development. I have published on diverse topics in top-tier journals, including TESOL Quarterly, TESL Canada Journal, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, International Literacy Association: Reading Today Online, Global Education Review, Talking Point, and Ubiquity: The Journal of Literature, Literacy, and the Arts. My most recent co-authored article with a title “Self-sponsored
writing in the contexts of second language writing: Pedagogical implications” will be published shortly in TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching respectively. I have also co-edited a book, which will be published by Routledge in 2018. This is a collection of scholar talks—both intellectual and practical--between 2010-2016 by some of the most renown literacy and language education scholars in the last decade. 

Additional outreach activities include serving as an editor and manuscript reviewer for different journals. I served on the Georgia Association of Teacher Educator’s Executive Committee for proposals, co-organizing proposal submissions and reviews. To note, I have received the Beverly J. Armento Award for my commitment to improving pedagogy in teaching and teacher education (April 2014). 

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Phoenicia L. Grant, M. Ed.

Phoenicia L. Grant began her professional life as a primary school ESL teacher for eight years before becoming an EL Counselor and International Transcript Evaluator for DeKalb County School District in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has evaluated thousands of foreign transcripts from over 142 countries spread across six continents.

She has presented on foreign transcript evaluation nationally, at the state level, district level, and the school level. Additionally, she has received several invitations to present and train educators in neighboring school districts and out of state on her widely used transcript evaluation framework.

Additionally, Phoenicia coordinates a grant funded district level Parent Outreach Program, is responsible for grade level placement of all international students K-12 , and provides professional development for teachers, parents, and staff.

She has a B.A. in Elementary Education with an ESOL Endorsement from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Felicia Hill, Ed. S.

Felicia Hill is an elementary ESOL teacher, who for 12 years has taught English language learners to improve their English language proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening through academic content.  She believes that teacher preparation and professional development directly connects to what students learn. 

Felicia has supported professional development by serving as a Content Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition.  In 2006 and 2007, Cobb County School District selected her to continue her Spanish language professional development in Cuernavaca, Mexico.    

Her training includes differentiation strategies and SIOP lesson planning for ESOL students.  She is currently working on an Academic Coaching Endorsement through Cobb County School District.

Additionally, she is a trained speaking rater for the TOEFLibt and scoring leader for many programs sponsored by Educational Testing Service.  She has also served as an item writer, passage writer, and editor for several testing companies.

Felicia holds an Educational Specialist degree in TESOL from Nova Southeastern University.  She earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education with ESOL endorsement from The University of Georgia.


Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Katie Simon Kurumada, Ph. D.

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.

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Alisa Leckie, Ph. D.

Alisa Leckie is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University.  Her work focuses on the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students and adolescent literacy. Currently she is studying meaningful discipline-specific academic language development and the impact of earning ESOL endorsements on the professional practice of  K-12 teachers.  She is also working with local school districts to help them address the growing numbers of English learners in their classrooms through collaborative coaching and  the modification of materials and assessments for emergent English learners.  Prior to moving to Georgia, Alisa taught Language Arts, Spanish Language Arts and ESL for 18 years at a middle school in southern Arizona.

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Elaine Thurmond, Ed. D. 

I am a determined and detailed-oriented individual, and I am a team player committed to going above and beyond the call of duty in order to attain organizational goals. My dedication and enthusiasm for the education field is very extensive and diverse with 31 years in Education. I have eleven years of experience as an Assistant Principal in Cobb County School District in which I served as the ESOL administrator in a Primary, Intermediate and Middle school with a population of over 400 ESOL students. My knowledge of effective TESOL teaching practices, methods, and techniques is utilized as I train and evaluate teachers. Additionally, my role included training ESOL and regular ed. teachers to use WIDA and Common Core Standards as part of their daily instruction.

My responsibility as the test coordinator consisted of planning for over 400 students to be administered multiple levels of the ACCESS test, as well as administering the ACCESS test to students. Being selected by the district to present at the SETESOL in Knoxville and the GATESOL in Atlanta, allowed me to share the successes of the ESOL program.

During my years of as an Instructional Support Specialist with the Georgia Department of Education, I trained the staff at several schools to implement the America’s Choice design. Earlier in my career, I spent four years as an Instructional Liaison Specialist and
eleven years as an elementary classroom teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. I have served as a faculty member of three different university’s over the past 9 years. I have instructed language arts classes on campus at Mercer University and online at Grand Canyon University and Walden University. I have served as the College Supervisor for several elementary and middle school student teachers. 

I was trained by Pearson Education to score the edTPA for Early Childhood (Language Arts and Math). During this three-year period, I helped teacher candidates identify relative strengths and needs that guided their individual growth. I consider myself a role model for students. I am confident that I will make a significant contribution now and an increasingly important one to GATESOL.

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Ethan Trinh

First of all, I strongly believe to contribute extensively and productively to all of the activities at GATESOL. As a Graduate Research Assistant at GSU’s College of Education and Human Development, I have worked closely with student-teachers at both undergraduate and graduate level. I am recognized by my colleagues as a trusted resource that they can seek for advice and information. Therefore, I would be able to promote the organization’s membership and to spread the upcoming activities in a professional manner. By looking at the professional development of mine, I am showing myself as an experienced and responsible coordinator throughout the local and global projects. As such, I believe in myself to be an active advocate to fulfill all of the assigned responsibilities in a positive and punctual way. As working in a democratic education, I want to make sure everyone has the equal opportunities to develop their majors and interests professionally. I highly appreciate and value the way we share information to one and another to make a better improvement for ourselves and for our future students.

Second of all, from the standpoint of an ESOL teacher and an immigrant educator, I see the huge opportunity to learn and share the experience with other scholars at GATESOL. One, I am keen on learning new things and improving myself every day. With such meaningful activities at GATESOL to connect the scholars not only in the state of Georgia but also on a nationwide scale, I can grow myself professionally, so that I am able to give back what I experienced to apply into my classroom. Two, I will take each and every possibility to use this experience to connect with other immigrant teachers like me to bring their unique experiences and stories to the discussion. I desire to create a multicultural environment where all people irrespective of statuses, socioeconomic, or classes come together, share and work toward one common goal: put students first, take every opportunity to improve ourselves to make a difference in the classroom for our students.

As a 2017 GATESOL Travel Grant recipient, I desire to give back to the organization. I love to give opportunities for other scholars who are passionate in touching students’ lives and spreading a positive image of a great teacher to the society. I would love to read for the Grants and Awards and take responsibilities to attend the quarterly board meeting and the annual conference as requested.

In conclusion, I truly am happy to join the board to make a difference to many other teachers, so that they can make difference in their own classrooms upon returning to the conferences.

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Georgia TESOL

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