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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

Instructor and Technology Chair
virgib@k-state.edu

 

 

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  • MA - '12
  • BA - '09
  • BS - '08 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

Instructorabcarel@k-state.edu

 

 

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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

Instructor and Curriculum Chair

caryc@k-state.edu

Cary Chappell

 

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

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 Special Programs Facilitatoragnesc@k-state.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

Instructor and Curriculum Chairgretac@ksu.edu

Greta Climenhaga

 

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  • MEd, University of Arizona
  • BA 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!!!

April Darnell

Instructor and Advising Coordinatoradarnell@ksu.edu

April

 

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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. 

Becky Everley

Instructor and Curriculum Chaireverley@ksu.edu

Becky Everley 

 

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  • M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
  • 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

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.

Viktoria Gramp

Instructor and Curriculum Chair
elguina@ksu.edu

 Viktoria

 

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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

Instructorlhenriks@ksu.edu

Linda Henriksen

 

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  • M.A., TESOL, Southeast Missouri State University
  • B.A., Creative Writing, DePaul 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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  • M.Ed. Temple University, Japan
  • BA Sophia University, Japan

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

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  

Andrea A. Law

Instructorandi@ksu.edu

 

 

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

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

Jolene McConnell

Instructorjmcconnell@ksu.edu

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, 152 162, Listening 150, 154, Speaking 150, 151, 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.  In 2017-2018 was an English Language Fellow with the US Department of State.  Her book, English Reading and Vocabulary I, is available as of January 2019 from Cognella Publishers.

Ranae Peverill

Instructor and Substitution Supervisorranpev@ksu.edu

 Ranae

 

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

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Indiana Wesleyan University

Along with a Master's Degree in TESL and many years of teaching experience, Ranae has spent 20 years learning Arabic in the Middle East and understands language learning. She is eager to help students through the learning process for reading, writing, listening and speaking in English.  Ranae and her husband Tim (also an ELP instructor) have traveled and lived in many places around the world, but truly enjoy living in Manhattan, Kansas and want to welcome all international students to study here.

Tim Peverill

Instructortimpev@ksu.edu

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.