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2019-2020 GATESOL Executive Board Profiles 

President

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.

Immediate Past President

Lela Horne, Ph.D.

Lela Horne has 25 years of experience in education.  She has experience in  a variety of subjects in primary/secondary schools, a GED program, and a technical college.  Lela's dedication to the ESOL field is driven by a desire to help bilingual students and their families.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been teaching ESOL in Marietta City Schools since 1999.  Lela has been a member of GATESOL since 2011 and has served as our adult education interest section leader, grants and awards chair, our 2018 conference chair, and our 2018-19 president.  Her background in business helps her take on a variety of roles within Georgia TESOL.



1st Vice-President/Conference Chair

Jennifer Pendergrass, Ed.D.

Jennifer Pendergrass is an elementary ESOL teacher and Coordinator of ESOL Professional Learning for Floyd County Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Deaf education at Ball State University, her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at University of Phoenix, her ESOL endorsement at Northwest Georgia RESA, and her doctorate in teacher leadership at Walden University. Jennifer published her doctoral thesis, “Increasing the Vocabulary Acquisition Rate for Third Grade English Learners” in 2017. GATESOL In Action published her manuscript, “Cultivating Respectful Classroom Discourse in Trump’s America” in 2017 as well. She was selected by the Conferences Professional Council (CPC) of TESOL International to be the Poster Sessions Team Leader for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. Jennifer served two years as GATESOL Regional Liaison for Regions 1 and 2. She also served as Secretary in 2018 and 2nd Vice President in 2019 on the Executive Board of GATESOL.

2nd Vice-President/Membership Chair

Jeff Terrell

Dr. Jeff Terrell is an employee of the Cobb County School district where he teaches classes of all newcomers.  He also teaches part time at Kennesaw State University.  Jeff has been involved with GATESOL since 2006.  He served as a member-at-large, the second vice president, the first vice president and as the president in 2015-2016.  Jeff strongly believes in the mission and goals of GATESOL and would like to continue serving as the membership chair. 

Treasurer

Phoenicia L. Grant

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.

The Conferences Professional Council (CPC) of TESOL International selected Phoenicia to be the Networking Sessions Team Leader for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.


Secretary


Elizabeth Webb


Since 2011, Elizabeth Webb has served as the Director of English Learner Programs for Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia’s largest school district and home to almost 28,000 current English Learners. She began her career in 1987 teaching English and German in Floyd County Schools, then moved to Fayette County Schools, where she taught German fulltime, became a regional trainer for the Goethe-Institut Atlanta, and was named German Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German in 1995. 

She left the classroom to take the reins at Friends of Goethe, the non-profit arm of the Goethe-Institut, as founding Executive Director. Five years later, she accepted the job of Specialist for Foreign Language and International Education for the Georgia Department of Education. During her tenure in that position, she facilitated the collaborative revision the Georgia standards for teaching Modern and Classical Languages and led the Georgia Foreign Language in the Elementary School program. After being tapped by then Superintendent Kathy Cox to step into a new role, Director of Innovative Academic Programs, Webb oversaw the implementation of the WIDA English Language Proficiency/Development Standards, the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test, the ACCESS for ELLs assessment of English Language Proficiency, and led the collaborative work to set the initial performance bands to measure progress towards proficiency for English Learners under NCLB. 

Dr.  Webb earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Agnes Scott College, holds a Masters of Arts degree in English from West Georgia College, and an Ed.D. in School Improvement from the University of West Georgia. She is married to David Jones. They are the proud parents of 21-year-old, trilingual twin daughters, Nancy and Michelle.


Member-at-Large, 1st Year

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.



Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Allen Dodge

For the past 27 years, Al has worked as Managing Director for Dodge Learning Resources, representing publishers of curriculum materials, including those specifically designed for teaching ELs.  He already served one two-year term on the Georgia TESOL Board, so that experience should serve as a valuable background should he be elected again.  He also served as President of the Georgia Educational Representatives Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Association of Literacy Advocates, the state chapter for the International Literacy Association.  Many educators also know Al as the organizer of the Georgia Conferences on Teaching Writing and Reading.

Member-at-Large, 2nd Year

Priscilla G. Noble, Ph.D.

Born in Santo Domingo, native speaker of English and Spanish, fluent in French. On my fifth year as instructor and university supervisor of undergraduate and graduate education students at GSU. Five years as teacher and 10 years as assistant principal and principal in dual language schools in Georgia and abroad. I am currently studying the different ways in which schools can influence immigrant families’ involvement in their children’s education in DLI programs.


Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Nancy Puga

I was born in Ecuador.  During my childhood, I was inspired to become a teacher by my mother.  She gave me the opportunity to view the school environment very closely, that experience greatly affected my life.  I taught in Ecuador for a few years. My family and I moved to the United States in 1999. In 2010, I finished my MED focus on ESOL at Kennesaw State University.  I am an ESOL/IEL Lead Teacher at Awtry M.S. in the Cobb County School District.

I truly enjoy and have a passion to teach EL students from different countries with various cultures and languages.  My experiences in a multicultural society taught me how to understand their needs and challenges.


 

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Jamie Vogan

Jamie Vogan has over 11 years of experience in Cherokee County schools. Named Woodstock High School’s Teacher of the Year in 2018, Jamie fostered positivity in the faculty’s perspective, understanding, and approach to English Learners. Jamie has co-presented at Kennesaw State University’s ESOL conference and Metro RESA’s consortium. She serves on the leadership team, school council and as a facilitator for the ESOL professional learning community. As a teacher leader and advocate, Jamie has been a mentor for teacher candidates, and at night teaches an ESOL endorsement class for North GA RESA. Most recently she was recognized as an exemplary ESOL teacher by Georgia’s Department of Education. Jamie holds bachelor degrees in Journalism, Public Relations from the University of Georgia and English from Kennesaw State University, a masters degree in Secondary Education from Brenau University, and an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.

Member-at-Large, 2nd Year

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.

The Conferences Professional Council (CPC) of TESOL International selected Cherrilynn to be the PreK-12 Dream Day Team Leader for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.



Member at Large, 2nd Year

Cristina Washell, Ph.D.

Dr. Cristina Washell is an Associate Professor at the University of North Georgia and is the Coordinator for the Elementary/Special Education program in the Teacher Education Department. Dr. Washell has over 20 years of experience working with English learners in a variety of settings which include K-12 public schools, community out-reach programs, and alternative schools.  In her current role as Coordinator for the ELE/SPED program at UNG, Dr. Washell has been instrumental in integrating ESOL standards into the ELE/SPED program curriculum and has helped develop initiatives with K-12 partner schools to address the learning needs of their non-native English speaking students. Her experience as a special education teacher has made her a strong and passionate advocate of ELLs with special needs.  Dr. Washell continues to support the ELL community through literacy outreach programs such as the Casper Drive Mobile Literacy Clinic that provides literacy and language support to children and adults.


Dr. Washell’s research interests include developing literacy in second-language learners with dyslexia, teacher cultural biases and the effect they have on ELL’s academic motivation and self-efficacy beliefs; risk and resiliency factors related to the academic experiences of ELLs; pre-service teacher attitudes on equity education, transnational identity formation and the effect it has on Latino family dynamics, and field experiences and the impact they have on pre-service teachers’ global awareness and identity.


Past President and Southeast Regional Representative

Cherrilynn Woods Washington, Ed.D.

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.

The Conferences Professional Council (CPC) of TESOL International selected Cherrilynn to be the PreK-12 Dream Day Team Leader for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.


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