Seçil Akinci is a MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She received a BA in Linguistics from Hacettepe University, Turkey. She worked as an instructor in EFL and has taught reading, writing, and grammar to first year college students for three years at Izmir Institute of Technology in Izmir, Turkey. She is currently a TA in Intensive English and Orientation Program in addition to working as a RA for a project entitled, Pilot Writing Center for Researchers and Scholars.
Hannah Bingham Brunner earned her B.A. in Literature from Oklahoma Christian University with minors in TEFL and International Studies in April 2014. She is currently an M.A. student at Iowa State University in Applied Linguistics/TESL and a T.A. for the English Department. She is interested in using literature in the ESL classroom and in the field of historical linguistics. Upon completion of her M.A. degree, Hannah intends to teach locally or abroad.
Clariztbel Flores Galvan has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Contemporary Literature from the University of Panama. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from the Universidad Interamericana de Panama. She has worked at the University of Panama teaching ESP, English Literature and Introduction to Literature, and at the School of Health Sciences of the Universidad Latina de Panama teaching EFL and ESP. She has experience as an academic counselor too. She is currently a first year student at the M.A. program in TESL/Applied Linguistics at ISU. Her main areas of interest are ESP, CALL and teacher training. After graduation, she plans to go back to her country to work in teacher training and continue teaching English.
Mijin Jang holds a Master’s degree in English Education and BAs in English and Communication and Culture from South Korea. She is currently an MA student in TESL/ALT program and a teaching assistant at ISU. Her interests include second language acquisition, L2 writing and speaking, computer-assisted language assessment and testing.
Alaina Kelly is an MA student in the TESL/Applied Linguistics program. She earned a BA in Communication Studies from Luther College in 2008. The following year she returned to school, this time at ISU, to earn an English teaching license, which she completed in 2011. She has taught ESL in China and Russia and continues to teach English learners as a volunteer in Ames. Currently working as a TA in the ISU English Department, she enjoys living out her passion for teaching and learning. After finishing her time at ISU, she hopes to continue teaching wherever life leads her!
Victoria Turley is currently an MA student in the TESL/Applied Linguistics program at ISU. She is also currently a TA within the English department at ISU. She received her BA in English (with a minor in Non-Profit Management) from Central College in December of 2011. While working towards her BA Victoria began working with adult Iraqi refugees as a conversation partner. This work continued after college, and then she began to work with younger refugees from Burma as a tutor.