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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



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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




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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


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



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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

Instructor and Curriculum Chaircdavidso@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 Curriculum Chair

 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

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.

Abby Franchitti



Abby Franchitti


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  • Ph.D. Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours, France
  • M.A. Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours, France
  • B.A. University of the State of New York at New Paltz

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 Chair



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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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  • 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. 

Taylor Jennings

Instructor and Advisor


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 Beginning to Advanced levels 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  

Andrea A. Law




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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


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.

Aziah McNamara

Instructor and Academic Coordinatoraziahm@ksu.edu

Aziah McNamara


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  • M.A. in Linguistics with specialization in ESL, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA
  • 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.

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 Chairdmorgan1@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

Instructor and Professional Development Chairemusil@ksu.edu



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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

Instructor and Substitution Supervisorranpev@ksu.edu



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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


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.

Jenell Williams





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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.