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
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. She enjoys being a Lifetime Member of Phi Kappa Phi and a recent member of the Tubman Museum and the Macon Arts Alliance.
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 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 2016 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit in Alexandria, Virginia.
Kendra values community involvement and engagement of all stakeholders. 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, and 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
Al is Managing Director of Dodge Learning Resources, a micro-business in Tyrone, Georgia, that provides independent representation services, working with a few publishers of educational materials. The company also operates as a wholesale distributor of children’s books, adolescent literature and professional materials for teachers and educational leaders.
Knowledge from his background in behavioral economics led him into conducting primary research with more than 1,000 students requiring reading intervention from 1998 through 2004. That project was known as the “Student Literature Preference Studies.” Data from those studies and an action research design for teachers were presented as “How to Start a Book Frenzy” at the National Title I Conference in 2005 and at two state reading association conferences held since then. Most recently, his presentations have been used for professional learning by individual school districts in Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Al was also the founder and Program Director of the Georgia Conferences on Teaching Writing and Reading. Those conferences provided professional learning with an emphasis on teaching writing, to almost 8,000 participating teachers and curriculum administrators. Ten of them were held - all at the Georgia National Fairgrounds, in Perry.
The Georgia Educational Publishers Association (now Georgia Educational Representatives Association) elected him to serve as its president in 2009 and 2010 and he continues to be active with that group as well as with other organizations for educators and educational research.
He also developed an interest in exploring models for school effectiveness and improvement through first-hand interaction with school systems outside the United States. Since the beginning of his career in educational materials sales, he always maintained contact with colleagues in New Zealand and Australia. However, in 2009, he started making visits and observing education practices in Finland, Sweden, Scotland, England, and three Canadian provinces.
Al lives with his wife, Iris, whom many of us know and respect. They are expecting their first grandchild this coming July.
Katie Simon Kurumada
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.
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 Record, Anthropology & 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.