Tim Dalby teaches in the ESL program at UW-Madison, where he helps international students adapt their English skills to the rigors of academic reading and writing. He also helps train future ESL teachers in the TESOL certificate program. Originally from the UK, Tim started his professional life as a project manager, but moved into teaching in 2000. Since then, he has taught in a variety of contexts in Korea, New Zealand and the Czech Republic. He has been involved with teaching organizations in various roles since 2006, and has presented at international conferences in Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.
If you have questions about WITESOL, please contact Tim at WITESOL.President@gmail.com
Lori Menning has been teaching in the School District of New London, Wisconsin, for the past 14 years where she is also the District ELL/Bilingual Coordinator. In addition, she instructs current and future ELL and bilingual teachers for Silver Lake College. This is her fourth year serving as WITESOL Advocacy Chair and this is her second year as WITESOL President. Lori provides workshops and presentations at regional, state and national conferences, teaching best practices and strategies for working with ELLs.
President Elect and Membership Secretary
Sheryl Slocum began her English language teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Africa. Since then, she has taught in New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, DC, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. Although she began teaching EFL at the middle school level, most of her work has been with adults, college students, and pre-service teachers. Sheryl’s MA in Linguistics/ESL is from American University in Washington, DC, and her PhD in second language writing is from UW-Milwaukee.
Kathy Stamos has been teaching ELLs at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau since 2003. She has taught all levels of ELL classes, both for international students as well as community members on campus and in workplaces such as a large dairy farm. She was instrumental, as a curriculum writer and instructor, in the creation of an Intensive English Program at NTC. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, she taught classes in the Intensive English Program at UW-Green Bay. Kathy has a BA in English Education and an ME-PD specializing in TESOL from UW-Eau Claire. She lives in Wausau with her husband and has two children who are in college.
Karen Wislocky is an educator whose dream to engage with and impact students dates back as long she can remember. She got her start in teaching in New Jersey public schools and later, earned the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) in Paris, France. Immersed in French culture and language, Karen studied French while teaching English as a foreign language. Upon her return to the United States, Karen completed a Masters Degree in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs. She then moved to Whitewater, Wisconsin to begin coordinating the newly-launched English Language Academy at UW-Whitewater. In September, 2015, Karen left UW-Whitewater to join the UW-Parkside Admissions team. She’s excited to begin her second year as a WITESOL member, and is thrilled to be of service to the organization in her first year as secretary.
Pam Dennis teaches ELLs at Washington Elementary School in the Whitewater Unified School District. Pam started her ESL teaching career working with refugees and adults in Philadelphia and in Madison. She then taught Spanish at Edgewood Elementary and Middle Schools followed by Monona Grove Middle and High Schools. She has a BA in English Lit and Spanish from Dickinson College and a MA in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Pam taught in the intensive language program at Beloit College, where she also taught Spanish, TESOL Methods, and earned her certification to teach in WI public schools. (No more emergency licenses!) Pam loves her vocation and continues to stretch as a teacher in the ESL field. Her newest adventure is teaching 4K ELLs. Pam is looking forward to being on the WITESOL Board as Member-at-large.
Amitha Ruth Gone has been an ESL Instructor in an IEP at the Milwaukee School of Engineering University since 2014. She was an Assistant Professor and a teacher trainer at the Osmania University and the English and Foreign Languages University in India prior to moving to the United States with her husband and two sons. She holds a Doctorate in English Language Education from EFLU, India. Her areas of interest are Language Education, Language Assessment and Teacher Education.
Kari Johnson has been teaching in the School District of Fort Atkinson for the past eleven years as an elementary ELL teacher. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Whitewater. In her fourth year as a member-at-large, Kari enjoys maintaining the WITESOL website and social media sites. She is also the WITESOL Newsletter coordinator.
Adela Larson is pursuing an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with an initial K-12 teaching license and a Spanish minor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has been an ESL tutor at UWRF for the past three years and taught an adult ESL course to dairy farm workers near her home in Glenwood City during the summer of 2016. Adela holds a B.S. in International Business from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and studied in France and Spain in 2003. She worked at the United Nations Children’s Fund in New York City for three years. Adela is looking forward to being a WITESOL board member and being a voice for the Northwest region of the state.