Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages


Brynn Nightenhelser is currently an Associate Professor at IUPUI's Program for Intensive English. She also teaches ESL classes at Ivy Tech Community College. She received a Masters degree in TESOL from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and has spent time teaching EFL to adults and university students in Paraguay and the Dominican Republic. Her research interests include communicative methods of assessing ELLs and issues of identity and belonging among diverse immigrant populations. In her free time, Brynn enjoys reading, hiking, beekeeping, traveling, and learning about other cultures. 

Immediate Past President

Nathan Williamson serves as the Director of Early Learning and Intervention at the Indiana Department of Education. Nathan earned his B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Language Education from Indiana University. He received his leadership training at Indiana Wesleyan University and has served as a public school teacher, administrator, and adjunct university professor. Nathan serves on several boards, including the role of current Vice President of the Indiana chapter of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (INTESOL).

Vice President 

Brooke Kandel-Cisco is an Associate Professor of ESL and Chair of Graduate Programs in the College of Education at Butler University.  Brooke received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. A former K-8 bilingual/ESL teacher and adult ESL educator in Houston, Texas, Brooke enjoys working with and learning from K-12 teachers and their students.  Brooke is a fellow of the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation, and Global Justice and her scholarship focuses on adult learning, ESL teacher preparation, and teacher research and advocacy.

Executive Secretary

Emily Schwartz Keirns has been the English Language Learner manager in Fort Wayne Community Schools since 2004. Prior to that, she taught high-school Spanish and elementary Spanish immersion as well as adult continuing education and community college Spanish courses. She has also worked in translation and interpreting and is an Indiana certified court interpreter. She earned her BS in Spanish education with an ESL minor and bilingual-bicultural endorsement from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MA in Liberal Studies and an MS in Educational Leadership from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She is continuing her professional learning as part of the Learning Forward Academy class of 2018.

Recording Secretary

Michelle C.S. Greene is an Independent Educational Consultant and a Teacher Educator for IUPUI; her work focuses on second language acquisition, positive cultural and racial identity development, and effective strategies for instruction and assessment for English learners.  Her interest in building intercultural understanding has taken her to several regions of China and Hong Kong, where she studied native and foreign language instruction; Western Europe, where she studied and taught in France and England; and Central America, where she volunteered with post-disaster and refugee literacy initiatives.  Michelle received a Ph.D. in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University, Bloomington and has presented and published for INTESOL as a K-12 Teacher and a University Researcher.


Cole Dietrich is currently serving as the INTESOL treasurer.  He works as the English Learning and Migrant Education Coordinator at the Indiana Department of Education but has previously taught K-8 Spanish and EL and worked as an EL Director in Indianapolis. 

University/IEP Representative

Wayne E. Wright is Professor and the Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language at Purdue University. His research related to language and educational policies, programs, and instruction for English language learners and other language minority students has been published widely in books and leading academic journals. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, and Co-Editor of the Bilingual Education and Bilingualism book series (Multilingual Matters). Wright is the author of Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Theory, Research, Policy, Practice (2nd ed, Caslon, 2015), and co-editor of the Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). He has many years of experience teaching in bilingual (Khmer) and ESL classrooms with students from kindergarteners to adults. Wright was a Fulbright Scholar in Cambodia in 2009. In 2016 he was awarded the Charles A. Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Adult & Community Ed. Programs Representative 

Brenna Shepherd is a current faculty member for the Program for Intensive English at IUPUI and an ESL teacher for Christel House Academy DORS South, an evening adult school. Her ESL experience started in 2012 at the American Language Institute, an intensive English program at California State University, Long Beach, followed by three and a half years as a lecturer and academic coordinator for the Program in Academic English at University of California, Irvine. She has a BA in Language and Linguistics and an MA in Applied Linguistics, with an emphasis in TESOL. She had presented on various topics at TESOL, California TESOL, Indiana TESOL, and ANUPI (Los Cabos, Mexico). Her other interests include vocabulary learning and assessment and academic writing and reading.

K-12 Representative

Anne Garcia has taught ENL, Spanish, and Heritage Spanish at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, IN, for nine years.  She graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and then again in 2015 with a master’s degree in Literacy & Language.  She is currently pursuing her PhD at Purdue. Her research interests include long-term ELLs and motivation.  She also worked this summer with Wabash Valley Education Center tutoring migrant students in Central Indiana.  She served on the INTESOL board last year as graduate student representative.  She has also presented multiple times in her school district and at the annual INTESOL Conference.  Anne and her husband Jose celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary this past summer, and they have three children: Joshua, Sophia, and Diego.  

Graduate Student Representative

Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at Ball State University.  He holds a BA in English literature, an MA in TESOL and linguistics, and a certificate in Information and Communication Sciences. He teaches first year composition courses in addition to courses in the Ball State ESL licensure program. His linguistic research interests include Jula, a West African language spoken in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Mali, and Burkina Faso French. Mamadou is fluent in five languages: French, Jula, Wolof, Moore, and English. His dissertation is centered on multimodality and second language reading comprehension.

Newsletter Editor

Alison Stevenson is currently an Associate Professor at IUPUI.  She has taught at the ELS Language Center in Indianapolis and the Program for Intensive English (IUPUI), as well as the School of Engineering and Technology and University College at IUPUI. Alison earned her BA in German and MS in Literacy, Language and Culture Education both from Indiana University. Her research interests include cultural inclusion and standardized test prep for English Language Learners. Alison lives in Plainfield with her husband and two small children.

Journal Editor

Trish Morita-Mullaney is a two-time president of INTESOL, serving as President in 1999 and again in 2015. She is one of TESOL’s 30 up and coming.  Trish is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University, where she works with pre-service and in-service teachers in ELL education.  Her research revolves around educational policy and how race, gender and language inform the logics and shape the identities of ELL practitioners and students.  As a former district ELL director in Indiana, she uses her experiences to inform her coursework and research agenda that centers around the identities of Indiana’s ELLs.

Member at Large

Annela Teemant is Associate Professor of Second Language Education (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1997) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.  Her scholarship focuses on developing, implementing, and researching applications of critical sociocultural theory and practices to the preparation of K-12 teachers of English Language Learners. She has been awarded four U.S. Department of Education grants focused on ESL teacher quality. She has authored more than 30 multimedia teacher education curricula and video ethnographies of practice and published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Urban Education, and Teachers College Record. Her work describes how to use instructional coaching to radically improve the conditions of learning needed for ELLs. She has also taught adult intensive English in the United States, Finland, and Hungary.


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