Past Excom

We acknowledge here the contribution of former executive commitee members.

  • Deborah Hardstaff : Treasurer 2016-2020.
  • Gillian Evans : TESOL France Lille Joint Coordinator & Publishers Liasion

My working life and professional career began not as a teacher, but as a production assistant in the Latin American Service of the BBC. As both my parents were teachers, I thought there were enough in the family, so decided to use my language degree in other ways. From working in Latin America Embassies and in companies as a translator in both England and France, I gained an insight into the business world and the life of a company. I never regretted my decision to study for a teaching diploma and for the past twelve years have been teaching business English in a variety of large companies and designing programs for students of English in all fields of industry. I have given evening classes at the Mairie de Paris and organized programs for the unemployed. I am now very happy to help on the TESOL ExCom team. The teaching world is my world.
  • Kate Rabbitte - TESOL France Grenoble Coordinator 

I arrived in Grenoble in 2016 to start a new teaching position. It was soon after that I discovered TESOL France and started attending workshops. As a newcomer to the city, I found them a great opportunity to meet like-minded teachers and develop professionally. It was the warm welcome at these events which inspired me to join the organisation and become more involved in the English teaching community.
I discovered my passion for teaching quite by accident during a sabbatical from the UK civil service when a chance encounter led to me covering a spell of maternity leave at the local language school. Although I had no experience, I walked into the classroom on my first day and knew instantly that I would never look back. 
Since gaining my CELTA in 2010, I have worked across Europe teaching general and business English to adults of all levels. I have also coached teenagers and young adults for a wi
de range of exams, including the Cambridge suite, as well as IELTS and TOEFL. Additionally, I have worked as a speaking examiner and often use insight from this work to boost speaking confidence in my students. I am currently working on a freelance basis.  
  • 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.
  • Jane Ryder: President, 2016, 2018-2019. Vice President 2015, 2017. TESOL France Strasbourg Coordinator
  • Jessica Etridge: Vice President 2018, TESOL France Lyon Coordinator, 2015-2017
  • Rosemary Bénard:  TESOL France Toulouse Coordinator, 2014-2018
  • Vanessa Balagtas: Membership Coordinator, 2017-2019
  • Jen Taylor: ELT Footprints Coordinator 2019
  • Debbie West:  2012 - 2015 President.  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:
  • Laurence Whiteside. Treasurer 2009 - 2013. Secretary 2013 - 2015.  I started out teaching English in Spain in 1993, and have stayed in the profession continuously since then. I worked in the private and public sectors in England and ran a modern languages department in a further education college in Cambridge for 4 years. I was also active in my union both in my workplace and in the East Anglia region. I moved to Paris in 2005 to join my partner (now wife) and take up a lecteur post, and I joined the TESOL France ExCom as Membership Secretary in 2006. I passed the CAPES exams in 2007, and I currently teach Business English in the UFR d'Economie et Gestion of the University of Cergy-Pontoise.
  • Bethany Cagnol:
  • 2009 - 2012 President.    2012-2015 Treasurer & Membership Coordinator.  
  • 2015-2016 Membership Coordinator, Webmaster and E-communications Coordinator.  American, Bethany Cagnol completed her BA at the University of Virginia, USA, in 1999. In 2002 she moved to Paris where she discovered the joys of teaching English to adults. The year 2006 was a busy one in which she received her MA in Teaching Second and Foreign Languages at the University of London Institute in Paris, founded her own freelance teaching business, International Customer, and joined the TESOL France Executive Committee. Thanks to the contacts she's made through the association she has spoken at several international conferences. She has written for the publishers Cambridge University Press, Pearson and Cornelsen. Her professional interests include Business English, Testing and Assessment, Teacher Development, English for Specific Purposes, English as an International Language, and Materials Design.
  • Ros Wright.  2006 - 2009 President. 2009 - 2016 Events. I would describe my 16-year career in ELT as fairly rounded, having worked not only in teaching, teacher training and professional development, but also in publishing and more recently as a freelance materials writer. A career that has taken me to Japan, France and the UK, and one that spans most branches of the field; from general and business English, through ESP and EAP, to e-learning and exam preparation including the USMLE oral component (equivalency exam for qualified foreign doctors wishing to practice in the US). Having earned an MA in Materials Development for Language Learners from Leeds Metropolitan University under the guidance of Brian Tomlinson in 2003, I have since co-authored Good Practice: Communication skills for practitioners (CUP), as well as online materials for nurses ( and an ESAP Medical English title for Garnet Education. Good Practice was short listed for the British Council 'Award for Innovation 2008' and has just received the first IATEFL BESIG/Macmillan 'David Riley Award for Innovation in Business and ESP'. I am an active member of TESOL France and was President for three years. I am also on the IATEFL Conference Proposals and Conference Committees. My fields of interest lie in ESP and the use of spoken corpora and audio-visuals in the training of effective communications skills.
  • Christina Rebuffet-Broadus. Teaching Times Editor - 2014-2016
Christina Rebuffet-Broadus moved from Mississippi to France in 2004 and been a business English trainer ever since. She came into ELT by chance--it was a better student job than flipping crêpes--but has since come to love the path that chose her. After going freelance in 2012, she began helping clients identify the business techniques as well as the English they need to perform better in their jobs. She holds a Cambridge DELTA completed with Jane Ryder and ESOL Strasbourg, in addition to a Masters Degree from the Université de Grenoble. She has her own YouTube channel--Speak Better, Feel Great TV--and creates audio- and video-based online courses on specific themes, such as The Conf Call Confidence Pack. She was the co-editor of TESOL France's magazine Teaching Times, as well as a member of the executive committee of The Round, the independent ELT publishing cooperative. In 2014, she wrote Experimental Practice in ELT: Walk on the wild side with Jennie Wright. She is also an active member of IATEFL's BESIG and MaWSIG. She is committed to helping freelance trainers market themselves as business professionals to improve their working conditions and to helping non-native speakers get equal treatment in the French job market. the place to boost your English and boost your career

Christine Mintcheva - TESOL France Lyon Coordinator 2012-2015                     

  • Rachel Amos
  • Gary Anderson - Past Promotions
  • Sandy Anderson - Past President
  • Michael Ashworth - Past President 2006
Michael is British and has lived in France for over 15 years. After studying history at Cambridge, he trained with Arthur Andersen in London as an auditor and then worked as a Management Accountant in an Opera company for seven years. On moving to France, he worked for nine years in a language school, combining financial and administrative duties with teaching. He also taught English at a Grande Ecole. Michael is now diligently working towards his MBA.
  • Denny Packard - Charter Member - Past Jobs List
Denny Packard is an American who has lived and taught English in France since 1977, where he has taught slow learners in a largely immigrant middle school, companies, and Grandes Ecoles, all but two years of it in part-time positions. In addition, he worked for two years helping to train teachers for the Académie de Nancy-Metz. He has also done volunteer teaching to French prison inmates and drug addicts in a rehabilitation program. Managing the TESOL-France jobs list come rather naturally to him since he started working at the age of 11. He is a charter member of TESOL-France.
  • Marion Attali - Past Events Chair
  • Lorraine Bamrah
  • Marie-Pierre Beaulieu-Marianni - Past President 2002
  • Ian Bell - Past Officer Amiens Regional Group 1984-85, Paris Forum Organizer 1987-89
  • Shara Brennan - Membership and Events Team
I started teaching English in Rome Italy in 2004 after trying out different careers in the UK previously (ranging from Sales and marketing to aromatherapist) I started teaching Air Traffic Controllers English for special purposes and I really enjoyed it. After that I moved on to different companies teaching business and general English. I decided to take the CELTA course in 2006 and that lead to better job opportunities in Rome, working with International House and also other companies that specialise in business English. I have done 3 summer schools in London and found them very rewarding. I moved to France from Italy in September and since then I have been working for Berlitz 4 days per week. I continue to enjoy teaching and my interest areas are teacher development, training and building creativity.
  • Nataliya Chernyuk
I have worked as a teacher of English in the center of foreign languages "Forward Center" and "British American Tobacco Ukraine" in Kiev. I have had excellent opportunities to teach a variety of English courses during my graduate studies, including first-year writing for second language students, academic writing and English public speaking. I was involved in enormous collaborations at university level. I have a Master's degree in both Political Science and English ("Professional Translations"). I'm graduated in Culture Studies with specialization "Teaching Methodology of Culture Studies". I have an extensive experience of translation and interpretation for various french and foreign companies in different fields such as communication, journalism, international trade. I'm deeply interested in educational work and teaching advancement. TESOL France it's a really great opportunity to share experiences and disseminate teaching ideas, discuss methods and approaches that could make EFL teaching more relevant.
  • Sylvie Cicarelli
  • Elyane Comarteau
  • Richard Cooper - Past President 1994 and Past Newsletter Editor
Read the article A great period
  • Janice Tabet - Past Treasurer - 1998 - 2000
  • Jean Cureau - Past Treasurer
  • John Davidson - Past President 1985-87
Read the article My Most Memorable Moment
  • Erin Douglas - Stand coordinator for the Colloquium

  • Mark Ennis
  • Steve Flinders - Past Newsletter Editor 1982-1985
Read the article In The Beginning
  • Eric Freeman
  • Susan Fries
  • Annie Gresle - Past President 2003, 2005, 2007
I started teaching English way back in 1968 and then some of my students were my age! As a French native I have always felt I needed to improve my skills. That is one of the reasons why I travelled as much as possible in English-speaking countries be it Malta, Trinidad, Canada, Australia or even Great Britain and the US. I also prepared the French degree called the "agrégation" which I obtained once my children had finished their secondary studies and I felt I could spare more time for myself. This period included my discovery of TESOL with the Special Interest Group on using video in the classroom where I found ideas to improve one of the French BTS exams. I am grateful to all Tesolers who have helped me to expand my interest in English teaching.
  • Gillian Hacking - Past Events Chair
  • Virginia Hamori
  • Elaine Henry - Membership and Events Team
Elaine, whose parents are Jamaican, was born and raised in England. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Spanish from the University of Bradford and then decided to make a life for herself in France. She tested a number of professional waters including PA work and English teaching. However, more exotic destinations (with warmer waters!) were on the horizon… A 3-and-a-half-year stint in Guadeloupe enabled her to complement her office skills with a graphic arts qualification. After returning to work in the UK, she took up an offer in Paris to become PA to the 'PDG' of an Afro-Caribbean radio station, Media Tropical, which is sadly now off-the-air. This closure was the perfect opening for Elaine to change directions and settle down doing what she really enjoyed: English language training. She gained experience working in language schools and trained to become a 'Formateur-Coach'. She then decided to take the plunge (or more like walk on water...) and become a self-employed English trainer ('indépendant').Her core purpose for language teaching is personal development of trainees. Using English to help them to communicate confidently is a means to this end. She also trains groups of professionals from the medical field who want to improve their oral communication skills in English.
  • David Horner
  • Krystal Jamet
  • Colin Mackenzie - TESOL France Nantes Coordinator: 2014-2016
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.
  • Kate Mailfert - Past President
  • Tom Miller
  • Jennifer Molet - Past President 1981-1982
  • Vicki Moore - Past President
  • Elisabeth Pichon
Languages have always been my passion in life. I studied English at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, and Sociology and Politics at Sussex University, in Brighton, England. I started my professional life as an English teacher for adults. I was so glad to be on the "Formation continue" side, to help people to gain more skills and develop their chances to evolve in their career. Then, I became Head of Studies of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce language centre. I teach all levels, design pedagogical programs, help teachers who need to be helped with pedagogical methods and resource materials. Ten years have passed, and I still love my job and the people it gives me the opportunity to meet and work with.
  • Jacqueline Quéniart - First editor for TESOL Newsletter and The Journal
  • John Overton - Past President 2004
Read the article A Wonderful Experience

  • Marianne Raynaud - Grenoble Coordinator and The Teaching Times Contributor
Marianne Raynaud is the author of QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book, consultant and speaker and creator of the podcast series "Better Speaking Skills" on iTunes. She was an English professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France from 1980-2004. She has given several talks and workshops all over the country, including a TESOL France favorite, "Making Student Films." Marianne has many interests, and is most recently the coordinator for the brand new TESOL France - Grenoble.
  • Danielle Savage
  • Silvia Seigne - Secretarial & Promotions Teams
I come from Slovakia where I started teaching during my university studies in 2001. I came to France four years ago to improve my French. Now, my French husband takes care of it. Between Slovakia and France I try to keep in touch with the English speaking world. TESOL has been a great discovery for a Slovak-English teacher in Paris. I continue learning thanks to TESOL activities and people. I'm currently teaching general and business English in companies. I also teach children using drama techniques.
  • Joan Sobota - Past Treasurer (for 10+ years)
  • Bill Stowe - Past Promotions and Membership 1993-1994
Read the article My Experience as an "Ex-Com"
  • Harold Surguine - Past President 1992-1993
  • Linda Thalman - First Webmaster
  • Mary Vigier - Past Newsletter Editor 2003 - 2007
Mary has American and French nationalities. She started her career at Michelin Tire Corporation in Greenville, South Carolina before moving to France where she joined the teaching profession.
She is the English Department Chair and International Relations Manager for Anglo-Saxon Programs at the ESC Clermont Graduate School of Management in Clermont-Ferrand.  She co-authored, with Michael Bryant, Henri Caquot, Kevin Metz, and David Sheehan, Mastering Business English: A Learning Resource Book, Chiron Editeur, Paris, 2004.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in French from Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina (U.S.A.); a Certificate in French Language and Culture from the Alliance Française, Institut Catholique and Institut Britannique, Paris, France; and a Licence and Maîtrise d’Anglais at Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

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