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Miranda AsebedoInstructor, Upper Level Speaking Curriculum Chairmsp8888@ksu.edu

Miranda Asebedo


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  • Master of Arts in English, emphasis in Writing and Literature, Kansas State University


Miranda specializes in teaching advanced level courses. She also coordinates Upper Level Speaking materials and assessments.

Svetla Ben-ItzhakInstructorsvet@k-state.edu

Svetla Ben-Itzhak


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  • PhD Political Science, University of Kansas
  • MA Political Science, Kansas State University
  • BA/MA Applied Linguistics and Scientific Translation, Blaise-Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France


Svetla has taught all skills, including:

Writing 152, 150FT, 150, 140, 138 (Advanced, Intermediate, and Basic)
Reading 150, 150 FT (Intermediate and Advanced)
Speaking 150 (Intermediate)
Listening 150, 150 FT, and 152 (Intermediate and Advanced)

Svetla originally comes from Europe, but she is proud to be a US citizen, as well. She was born in Bulgaria and spent most of her formative years in France where she completed degrees in Applied Linguistics. After working in Washington DC, she returned to the university to complete an MA and a PhD in Political Science. (She teaches, at times, political science courses at K-State, as well.)

Svetla lives in Manhattan with her family. She is married to a wonderful physicist and has two awesome children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, stargazing, as well as learning more about astrophysics and our fascinating universe.

Per aspera ad astra! 

Virginia Brunner




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  • BS- '08
  • BA- '09
  • MA- '12 all from Kansas State University

I was born and raised in the bustling city of Omaha, Nebraska, and moved to Kansas in order to attend Kansas State University. Initially, I couldn’t decide between Biology or English as a career path, but eventually the love of writing pulled me in! I have worked for both the English Department and English Language Program here at KSU. My husband is a high school biology and zoology teacher here in Manhattan.  When not preoccupied with work or running the homestead, I enjoy crocheting, TCGs, writing, reading, and video games.

AnnaBell Carel




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  •  BA Business Management, Doane University
  • MA TESOL, Andrews University

AnnaBell has taught several skills at the different levels. She also helps to assemble the online EPT.

Cary Chappell



Cary Chappell


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  • B.A. in International Studies, University of Alabama (1989)
  • M.A. Ed. Adult Education ESOL, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2009)

Cary specializes in reading, writing, speaking, listening (all levels) SPEAK test preparation.

An Alabama native, Cary Chappell came to Kansas State University in 2012, having completed one year of service in the English Language Fellows (ELF) program at Universitas Tanjungpura in Pontianak, Indonesia. He continues to maintain professional ties with partner schools in Pontianak, working on special projects. His previous professional experiences include teaching basic ESL classes for immigrants at Shelton State Community College in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, where he was also an outreach worker for the public library. He was trained in the use of a student-centered, intercultural approach.

Agnes Chikanne

Instructor and Curriculum Coordinatoragnesc@ksu.edu 

Agnes Chikan


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I remember playing school with my dolls even before I started school, so I always wanted to be a teacher.  I received my Master’s degree in Biology and ESL in Hungary. After I worked in a bilingual high school, a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Scholarship brought me and my husband to Oregon, where I taught Biology. Then I worked as an ESL teacher at Manhattan High School, while my husband was a PhD student. After living in California for a short time, we moved back here. I have two children, who are both bilingual. I enjoy reading, gardening, and interacting with people from all over the world. I am always ready for a good discussion or for a cup of coffee!

Greta Climenhaga


Greta Climenhaga


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  • BA University of Arizona, MEd, University of Arizona

I grew up in Manhattan and then moved away for many years. During my adventures, I lived in San Francisco, California and Tucson, Arizona among other places. My emphases in education have been varied. I began my career in theater, studying directing and technical theater. From there, I studied in the field of Women’s Studies. Later, I returned to school and finished a Bachelor’s in Psychology. My Masters Degree is in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in second language acquisition. I have a beautiful seven-year-old daughter, and we are both very happy to be back here in the Flint Hills of Kansas!!!

Ellen Conroy

Instructor / ELP Advisorconroy@ksu.edu

Ellen Conroy


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  • BS Kansas State University, TESL Northern Arizona State University

I grew up in New York, but left in search of a more tranquil environment. I found the lifestyle I was looking for when I came to Manhattan, Kansas in 1978. I’m still here (well, actually, I live 17 miles away in the small town of Wamego, Kansas) and I still love Kansas life. I share my life with my husband and two children (both redheads!). I have taught ESL for 19 years: 17 years at the Manhattan Adult Learning Center, and the past two years at Kansas State University. I cannot imagine having any other career than this one. I hope to have the opportunity to meet and work with you!

Jack CristInstructorjacrist@ksu.edu



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I grew up in Toledo Ohio. I have taught English to international students for 10 years. I moved to Manhattan with my wife 3 years ago, because, like many of my students we found a home and university we were excited to join. Since coming to Manhattan, my family added very young son, who is already a very big K-state fan.

April Darnell

Instructor and Lead ELP Advisoradarnell@ksu.edu



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  • MA in English, TESOL  Southeast Missouri State University

Advisor for graduate students and exit-level students.

Ms. Darnell teaches upper-level writing courses and serves on the ELP Writing Committee. Her research interests include academic honesty and integrity and using brain-based research to inform the teaching and learning of English. 

Chad Davidson

Faculty/Curriculum Coordinatorcdavidso@ksu.edu

 Chad Davidson


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  • MA in Philosophy
  • MS in Education (Emphasis in Applied Linguistics/ESL)
  • working toward a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Emphasis in Language Acquisition) 

Chad Davidson was born, teaches, learns languages, and will die. Some less important details follow: He’s from Kansas, but has an affinity for California where he lived for six years. He’s taught in California, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, Kansas City, and is now enjoying Manhattan, KS. One of the things Chad loves most about KSU is its dedication to plants & animals (for example, there’s an awesome 24-hour veterinary emergency care building—check it out).

Kimberly Diah

Instructor and Faculty Resource Coordinatorkimsmall@k-state.edu

 Kimberley Diah


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  • MA in TESOL, Oral Roberts University

Kim has taught Beginning to Advanced Writing, High Beginning to Advanced Reading, High Beginning to Advanced Speaking and Listening.

Kim files test folders and secure test coordinated test folders. She updates the booklist each semester and submit book adoptions to the bookstore. She also orders desk copies of adopted text books for teachers each semester

Emily Elliott

Instructor and Curriculum Coordinatorejelliott@ksu.edu



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  • B.S. Psychology, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S. K-12 Studies in Education

Lower Level Reading Curriculum Chair and Curriculum Chair for English Basics and Vocabulary classes. Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening classes at various levels in the ELP. Taught literacy and university classes in Niger.

Emily is the Lower Level Reading Chair and Chair for the English Basics and Vocabulary classes. She has taught Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking at various levels in the ELP. She previously taught literacy and university English classes overseas.

Becky Everley

Instructor and Curriculum Coordinatoreverley@ksu.edu

Becky Everley 


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  • B.A. in Art history, Kansas State University
  • B.A. in History, Kansas State University
  • B.A. in French, Kansas State University
  • B.A.  in Women’s Studies, Kansas State University
  • M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University

Becky teaches All skills and all levels here in the ELP.  But most semesters she teaches 150- exit level listening or speaking.

Becky has been at KSU since 1996.  She worked in Housing and Dining before getting a position as an instructor in the English Language Program in 2008.  She is currently the upper level listening curriculum coordinator.  She has also worked to create an open source workbook for the intermediate levels, helping to lower the cost of materials for students.

Abby Franchitti



Abby Franchitti


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  • B.A. University of the State of New York at New Paltz

  • M.A. Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours, France

  •  Ph.D. Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours, France

She has taught Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing. Specializes in Teacher Education-Principles and Practices in Language Assessment; TEFL Practicum Courses; MLANG 803, MLANG 804.

Dr. Franchitti has spent most of her career studying, researching, and teaching abroad, both in England and in France.  She has served as a leader with the English Language Program at Kansas State University and as Co-Chair of the Higher Education Interest Section of the International Association for Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language.

Viktoria Gramp

Instructor and Curriculum Coordinatorelguina@ksu.edu



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  • M.A. in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication (English and French), Irkutsk State Linguistics University, Russia
  • M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in ESL, Kansas State University, USA
Viktoria has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes in the ELP and currently oversees the Upper Level Writing program.

Linda Henriksen


Linda Henriksen


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  • B.A., Creative Writing, DePaul University
  • M.A., TESOL, Southeast Missouri State University

Linda grew up in central Illinois, and has since lived in seven states, including Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, and Kansas. For many years, she resided in the Chicago area where she raised three sons. It was while tutoring ESL adults in Chicago that Linda discovered her passion for teaching and working with students from many different cultures. In her spare time, she likes to write, golf, read, listen to music, bowl, and play with her 100# Golden Retriever, Kodi.

Tom JagoszInstructortjagosz@ksu.edu

Tom Jagosz


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  • BA Sophia University, Japan
  • M.Ed. Temple University, Japan

Tom has taught almost all of the classes offered by ELP. 

Taylor Jennings

Instructor and CEA Self Study Coordinator


Taylor Jennings


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  • M.Ed., Teaching Northeastern State University
  • B.A., Spanish, University of Oklahoma
  • Minor, Business, University of Oklahoma

Taylor is a doctoral student at Kansas State University pursuing a Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Before working at the University, she taught English in the Dominican Republic. She began working in the ELP in 2013 and has taught a variety of classes from 136 to Graduate level courses in writing, reading, listening, and speaking. 

Smoky KellyInstructor and Faculty Coordinatorslkelly@ksu.edu

Smoky Kelly


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  • Masters in TESOL, Anaheim University

Smoky has taught Adv. Speaking, Listening, Writing & Grammar, Reading, Intermediate and Lower Speaking / Listening, Writing, Business English, ESP, etc.

He leads PD Committee, manages faculty PD budget, oversees PD process with committee, plan and conducts faculty In-Service events with committee, administers surveys, and notifies faculty of PD opportunities. He is also the advisor for the Japanese Student Association.

Smoky grew up in the Seattle, Washington, Before getting into the field of education, he worked in various fields and earned a BA in Organizational Management at Ashford University, then later earned a Masters in TESOL from Anaheim University while teaching in Japan. After 8 years of working and teaching various courses (Business English, ESP, Oral Communication, etc.) at various private and public companies, schools, and institutions, he relocated to Manhattan, KS in January of 2014 to work with international students in the English Language Program at K-State. - "Go Wildcats!" When he's not working, he spends his time educating and raising bilingual and bi-cultural children. Smoky's interests include faith, family, finances, friends, and education. - "Just remember we are a work in progress." :D  

Eun Hee Kim

Instructor and Substitution Coordinatoreunheek@ksu.edu

Eun Hee Kim


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  • Master’s in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Kansas State University

Eun Hee came to K-State in 2009 for her master’s degree and has been teaching at K-State since 2011.   

Andrea A. Law




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  • BS in Elementary Education, Kansas State University
  • MA in English as A Second Language, Texas Wesleyan University
  • MBA, Kansas State University 

She has taught Business Communications, Listening Speaking, Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Carol Lemmons




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Julie Mason




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  • Masters in Applied Linguistics, University of New England

During Julie’s free time, she loves to travel, interior decorate, and bake.  

Jolene McConnell


Jolene McConnell


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  • MA in TESOL and Linguistics, Ball State University

Jolene has taught Reading 138, 15X, Writing 136,138, 140, 150, 162, Listening 150, 152, Speaking 150, 152, Listening and Speaking 138, 140, and American Culture Through Film.

Jolene has been teaching with the ELP since 2012 and has previously taught in Pittsburgh, PA, Muncie, IN, Korea, Poland and onboard ships.   She helps facilitate end-of-semester EPT testing in the TTC and has worked as a tutor and supervisor with the TTC and with the EPT online testing team.

Aziah McNamara

Instructor and Academic Coordinatoraziahm@ksu.edu

Aziah McNamara


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  • B.Ed. in TESL and Secondary Teaching, twinning program between Ilmu Khas Institute of Teacher Education, Malaysia, and University College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth UK.
  • M.A. in Linguistics with specialization in ESL, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA

Aziah has taught 150 and 152 Oral Communication, 136-140 Listening and Speaking, 136 Writing, 140 Writing, 152 Writing, and 150 and 152 Listening.

As the Tech Committee Chair she organizes and presents technology training workshops to students, organizes and presents in sessions on teaching with technology to ELP instructors, assists instructors and students with questions regarding technology.

Dan Morgan

Instructor and Curriculum Coordinatordmorgan1@ksu.edu

Dan Morgan


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  • M.A. in Linguistics, University of Texas El Paso

Dan has taught almost every level and skill area in the program. 

He writes and edits coordinated tests for Speaking and Listening 136-140. He also assists instructors who teach these classes.

Elizabeth Musil




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  • MA TESOL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BA in German and International Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Elizabeth has always loved learning languages, traveling, and meeting people from other cultures, so teaching ESL is ideal for her.  She gained her first experience in EFL as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Germany and has since taught in University-level IEPs in the United States.  Besides English, she speaks German, some Russian, and is learning Spanish.

Ranae Peverill




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  • Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, Oklahoma State University

Ranae has taught 136 Reading, 138 Writing, 140 Reading, 140 Writing, 140 Listening/Speaking, 150 Listening, 150 Academic Vocabulary, 153 Reading, 152 Listening, and 151 Speaking.

Ranae spent 20 years in the Middle East and is fluent in Arabic. 

Tim Peverill


Tim Peverill


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  • B.A. in History from Asbury University

  • M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Iowa

Tim came to teach at K-State in 1989. After a few years he left to study Arabic and teach in the Middle East. He worked in Jordan, the UAE, and Oman for almost 20 years. Tim’s wife, Ranae, also teaches in the ELP and they have two teenage daughters.

Laura Phillips-Zee

Instructor and ELP Advisorlphilzee@ksu.edu 

Laura Phillips-Zee


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  • BA, Southern Illinois University
  • MA, Southern Illinois University

Laura has taught Intermediate to Advanced Reading, Writing, and Listening.

She advises High Intermediate students.

Originally from a small town in the Midwest, Laura has lived and taught English in both Japan and New York City.

Thomas G. Rice


Thomas G. Rice


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  • B.S. in Mass Communications, Oklahoma State University
  • M.Div. in Cross-Cultural Communications, Western Seminary

Mr. Rice has worked with international university students as a counselor or a teacher since 1970. He lived in the Philippines for two years and taught in Japan for 20 years including Osaka City University, Kwansei Gakuin University and Doshisha Women's College. He is an international advocate for three major issues: clean water, solar and wind renewable energy and full human rights for disabled people.  As a hobby, Mr. Rice is currently working toward a second B.S. degree in Geography just for fun.

Linh Tran

Instructor and TTC Supervisorlinhtran@ksu.edu



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  • TESOL & Applied Linguistics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

She has taught 140-150 Writing, 138-140 Listening/Speaking, 150-152 Speaking, 150 Listening, and 150 Reading.

Linh is originally from Vietnam, a beautiful country in South East Asia, but she has been living in the US for so long that she oftentimes feels like Midwest is actually her home. She started working at K-State in January 2014.  She enjoys teaching ESL, doing DIY projects, watching TV series, shopping on the weekends and traveling with her husband. 

Carol Vandeventer


Carol Vandeventer


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  • BS in Education, Kansas State University
  • ESL Endorsement, Fort Hays University

She has taught a variety of classes at every level.  

Carol joined the English Language Program in 2006 after almost 20 of teaching ESL at the Adult Learning Center in Manhattan. Carol has experience teaching all levels in the program. Recently she has been teaching the lowest grammar class and an exit level reading class.  

Jenell Williams

Coordinator of the International Technology Commons and the Testing and Tutoring Center




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  • BA, University of Kansas
  • MA Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kansas

She oversees operation of the International Technology Commons and the Testing and Tutoring Center.

Jenell Williams joined the English Language program staff as an instructor in 1991. She created the ELP's first computer lab for students in the 1990s and has through the years taught many skills and levels of English. She created curriculum for several classes, most recently the Digital English class which helps students acquire the technology skills they will need to function in the university online environment. In 2013, she designed and brought to life the International Technology Commons which has served since as classroom, event location, and study space for the English Language Program.