The Board

Meet the Executive Committee and Other Volunteers

 

The Bureau        

Dianne Chen President & TESOL France Bordeaux Coordinator
Nancy Mitchell  Vice President & Newsletter Coordinator
Jeremy Levin Treasurer & TESOL France Lille Coordinator
Colin MacKenzie  Secretary & Teaching Times Editor

The Executive Committee

Katherine Krieger Events
Vicki Plant Regions and Events
Debbie West Ile de France Coordinator & Past President
Yvonne Chappell TESOL France Strasbourg Coordinator  
Sophie Pietrucci Events & Swap Shop Facilitator 
Julie Kalopsidiotis TESOL France Toulouse Coordinator & webinar committee

Other Dedicated Volunteers & Supporters

Shannon Griffin Events
 

The TESOL France Bureau



Dianne Chen 

President & TESOL France Bordeaux Coordinator

For this uprooted Californian, English teaching was not my first career path. I left California in 1999, living in a handful of places including Barcelona and London, where I obtained an MA in Library and Information Studies. I eventually found myself living in Taipei, Taiwan, which had been a tiny little dream of mine (fulfilled). It was in Taiwan where I first started teaching English, primarily to children and teen learners. The experience was phenomenal, yet incredibly challenging. Four years later, my life took a somewhat unexpected turn that brought me to Bordeaux, where I continue to teach English at the university and professional/ continuing education levels. Even though I am a teacher, I feel that I am also simultaneously a student as I am constantly learning from my students and discovering things about myself. This is one of the reasons why I have volunteered at TESOL because I truly believe that, as teachers, we need to continue learning, pushing ourselves and updating our skills. And what better way to do that than with like-minded individuals in an atmosphere of community and sharing?
 

Nancy Mitchell

Vice President & Newsletter Editor

If you ask me where I’m from, please be prepared for hesitation and a face of confusion. Given the day, I may find myself feeling homesick for any number of places around the planet, but I grew up in the United States. (No, not all 50, but in the middle, the north, the south, and on the coasts.) I began teaching English in Portugal 20 years ago after getting a CertTESOL. I was hooked and obtained my MATESOL from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. In the two decades since I’ve taught in the US, France, Vietnam, and Chile. Most recently, I worked with pre-service and in-service Chilean teachers of English in undergraduate and MA training programs at two universities in Santiago. (7 years in Chile count as the longest I’ve ever been in one home.) My social and academic passions are in the areas of critical and engaged pedagogies, intercultural awareness, and assessment for learning. When I returned to France in 2019, I made sure to attend a TESOL France event in Lille, my new home, within a week of arriving, because I knew it would help me find my footing and connect me to a network of supportive professionals. TESOL affiliates around the globe have been a key source of professional integration for me everywhere I’ve lived, and I’m honored to be able to give back a little to the community by volunteering with TESOL France.

 Jeremy Levin

Treasurer & TESOL France Lille Coordinator

With an American father and French mother, Jeremy has been split between two cultures and two languages his entire life.  Born and raised on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Jeremy moved to Lille, France in 2003.  With a Bachelor’s in French-English language studies, it made sense for him to start his career in translation, but he soon realized that something was missing, and it was that he’d rather work with people than sit behind a computer screen all day.  2006 marks the beginning of his teaching career and it has become his passion ever since.  Jeremy specializes in grammar games and educational technology.  He loves finding ways of making subjects that people typically think are boring into something fun.  When he’s not teaching you may find him DJing, his second passion in life. 

Colin MacKenzie 

General Secretary & Teaching Times Editor

I have been an English Teacher and Director of Studies for fifteen years in Slovenia, Italy, the UK and, for the last six years, France. During this time I have always thought that membership in professional organisations is essential for personal and professional growth. On joining TESOL-France and mentioning at my first colloquium that perhaps we could be using email to contact members, I became responsible for electronic communication. I am also heavily involved with IATEFL, with a particular interest in teacher development, and hope that through this involvement I can help forge stronger links between IATEFL and TESOL France.

 
 

Executive Committee



Katherine Krieger

Events

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Debbie West

Workshop Coordinator: Ile de France

Debbie West, UC Berkeley grad, brought up in a military family, has done almost everything from teaching French to being International Student Advisor in the United States to now teaching English to all levels and ages here in France. An educator at heart, she sees education as broader than in a classroom and is definitely not very traditional in her methods. With a love for developing programs and an ever-present bank of ideas, there never seems to be enough time, energy and money to do everything. Being single helps and sometimes doesn't. Here in France she is an independent (after all the accountants were just "trying to help") and teach English and do a bit of translation. Debbie is a Representative for the International Business Program at UC Berkeley Extension, and is trying to develop a Total Summer Immersion English Program (in August). She tries to do her part in developing people's English skills. She can be reached using her website: westlanguage.com.

Yvonne Chappell

TESOL France Strasbourg Coordinator

Yvonne Chappell is currently a lectrice at a Grande Ecole in Strasbourg. Prior to this, she worked as an English instructor in a private school teaching business English and as a vacataire at Strasbourg University. She is currently experimenting with teaching English to 4-year-olds using games and songs in a nursery school-hard work but fun! Before moving to France she worked in London for the government. She holds an MBA  in promoting quality in organizations and degrees in Law and policy and a CELTA certificate in teaching English. She is passionate about raising the status of  English teaching in France as she believes that this would benefit both student and teacher. It is her belief that we should be aiming for excellence in what we as teachers offer.

Events & Swap Shop Facilitator

I am a French native speaker and I lived in the UK as a child and in the US as a teenager. I taught French and English in France, the UK, India and Laos. I obtained my Master’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in "Sciences de l’Education" (specialised in sociology and psychology) as well as a degree in FLE (French as a foreign language). I studied Spanish, German and French sign language.
 I've been a Tesol France member for more than 10 years and thanks to the association I have the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers and share inspiring ideas readily transferable to the classroom. I therefore never feel that my job is in any way repetitive.
I am currently teaching engineering students and adults at Telecom Paris.

 

Julie Kalopsidiotis

TESOL France Toulouse Coordinator

Julie qualified with a TEFLA (now CELTA) in 1990 and has been teaching in Europe ever since. She settled in France in 2000 and is currently self-employed. She teaches young learners, business and general English, and works at IH Toulouse where she teaches Exam courses. She is also a Speaking Examiner for Cambridge, does Teacher Training and is part way through her DELTA. She is new to TESOL France, she has been the Regional Coordinator for Toulouse since last year and is a member of the Executive Committee.
 
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