Thanks for a wonderful INTESOL 2014

Sessions at a Glance

Session Descriptions Detailed

INTESOL By-Law Changes proposed and approved on 11/15/2014


Thanks to our Keynoter: Dr. Tim Boals

Promoting equity and access:

Connecting our communities through language

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 Spotlight Presentations



Tim Boals, Ph.D.

Executive Director and Co-Founder of WIDA

As the WIDA Executive Director, Tim oversees operations and long range planning, research, and consortium outreach efforts. His research interests involve the interplay between content and language learning for English language learners across the language acquisition continuum and the effects of standards on classroom practice for these learners.  His workshop will focus on the examination of the WIDA standards and how to conceptualize them for content area curriculum.


Susan R. Adams, Ph.D.

Butler University

Susan R. Adams, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Middle/Secondary Education in the College of Education and Co-Faculty Development Fellow at Butler University. A former secondary ESL teacher and instructional coach, Susan’s research and professional interests include race, critical pedagogies, and equitable access to the curriculum and to academic success for all students. She is a Critical Friends Group Coach with the School Reform Initiative, a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project, and a site leader of the Hoosier Writing Project. Susan’s publications are included in Theory into Practice, English Journal, INTESOL Journal, SAGE Sociology of Education, EBSCO Research Starters, and The New Educator.


Donna Albrecht, Ph.D.

Anderson University

Donna has taught and administered in local and international K-12 settings for 27 years.  Before joining Anderson University as the Director of English Language Teaching Programs, Donna served at the International School of Indiana where she trained her teachers in the SIOP model.  In her current role, Donna directs and teaches in the ENL licensure program at Anderson University and conducts Professional Learning Community groups on teaching ELs in various school corporations in Indiana.  Donna has an M.A. in TEFL from the American University in Cairo, an Ed.S. in School Superintendency from Ball State University, and an Ed.D. from Ball State in Educational Administration and Supervision, with research in the attributes, professional development needs, and policy issues of the leadership of Indiana’s PK-12 ENL/Title III/NESP programs.

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Karen Brakke, April Adams and Ashley Miller

MSD of Lawrence Township

Karen Brakke is a SIOP Coach in the MSD of Lawrence Township where she works closely with a small network of cooperative teachers to deeply infuse the framework and its pedagogy into teaching practices. Two of her cooperating elementary teachers are Amy Adams and Ashley Miller. They have created unique conditions for learning while creating a rigorous climate for their shared community of ELs.


Gordon Clark, MA

Indiana University

Gordon Clark is the director of the Intensive English Program at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He has taught EFL in Japan and taught ESL and directed programs in the United States.  Clark served as the both the Vice President for Advocacy and President of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) He has also served on the NAFSA Region VI Executive Board.  Clark is particularly interested in excellence in program administration and raising standards for IEPs and IEP instructors.  The IUB IEP is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and is a member of AAIEP and the Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP).


Emma Kempf and Meg Troxel

MSD of Washington Township Schools

Meg Troxel is a K-8 ENL and International Baccalaureate Language Acquisition teacher in MSD Washington Township where she works closely with staff to ensure all students have access to the curriculum through engaging and meaningful lessons.  She is the current INTESOL K-12 Representative and has presented at several conferences the last few years.   Additionally, she was awarded Eastwood Middle School’s Teacher of the Year in the Spring of 2014.  Meg is pleased to bring Emma Kempf to the conference this year as a presenter.  Emma Kempf has a degree in Political Science and History from IU and completed the transition to teaching social studies program at IUPUI in 2013.  She is a social studies and International Baccalaureate Individuals and Societies teacher that works to make engaging lessons for all learners.  She was awarded First Year Teacher of the Year for her work in Washington Township during the 2013-2014 school year.


Jesse Markow

Director of Business Development and Strategy of WIDA

Jesse Markow is communicates with State Education Agencies as they seek information about Consortium membership and acts as project manager for SEAs once they have joined.  As Indiana has newly adopted the WIDA standards, he has been a key partner in the process.  Jesse shares an introduction to the WIDA standards for Indiana practitioners.


Trish Morita-Mullaney, Ph.D.

Purdue University

Dr. Trish Morita-Mullaney is an Assistant Professor in English Language Learning (ELL) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  Trish is a licensed K-12 teacher, coach and administrator from Arizona and Indiana where she taught and led ELL adult education, middle and elementary school.  She serves as the Vice President of the Indiana Chapter for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.  Her research examines the lived practices of educators within educational reforms and their impacts on ELLs with a focus on leadership.

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Amy Peddie and Marsha Manning

MSD of Perry Township

Amy Peddie is currently the lead EL Teacher at Southport High School and a voluntary college preparation mentor for EL seniors. During her 15 years in Perry Township, Amy has taught at both the middle and high school levels in the areas of English as a New Language, French, and Computer Applications.  For the past 11 years, as the EL population has boomed in Perry Township, Amy has focused on the academic achievement, college readiness,  and community involvement of English Learners of Southport High School.

Marsha Manning is an EL teacher in Perry Township Schools where she has experienced the growth, challenges and opportunities of working with immigrant and refugee children and families for the past 18 years.  Marsha divides her time and talents between level 1 Newcomers and EL students who attend Central Nine Career Center.  She also teaches ESL in the Adult Education Program through Central Nine.  Marsha serves on the board’s of INTESOL and Exodus Refugee Immigration, advocating for students and families of whom she serves.


Adam Pitt, Jessica Feeser and Sarah Hutchinson

Indianapolis Public Schools

Jessica Feeser is the ESL Coordinator for Indianapolis Public Schools where she leads a team of over seventy ESL teachers to ensure quality programming for all English Learners. Two integral team members in this work are the ESL Specialists Sarah Hutchison and Adam Pitt. Adam and Sarah collaborate with teachers, principals, and stakeholders in keeping English Learners at the forefront of educational priorities.


Wayne Wright, Ph.D.

Purdue University

Wayne Wright is the Barbara Cook Endowed Chair for Literacy and ELL at Purdue University.  His research focuses on language and educational policies, programs and practices for language minority students. He has many years of experience teaching in bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms with students from kindergarteners to adults.  His workshop will focus on the principles of language learning that are necessary considerations for conceptualizing appropriate, relevant and rigorous curriculum and instruction for ELs.


Thomas Upton, Ph.D.


Thomas Upton, PhD, is Professor of English and interim director of the new Program for Intensive English (PIE) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  He taught English in China before getting his MA and PhD in Applied Linguistics/TESOL.  He was the director of the IUPUI English for Academic Purposes Program, served as chair of the Department of English, and is currently the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.  Upton is particularly interested in faculty development and language curriculum.


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