2017/2018 TEAL Executive

The TEAL Manitoba executive usually meet on the third Thursday or Saturday of the month, September to June.

President Melanie Davlut | B.Ed, PBDE, M.Ed Melanie is an EAL teacher working with EAL, ISP, and refugee students.  She has more than 20 years experience in teaching EAL in a variety of contexts.  As a member of TEAL, she has been a member at large, SAGE co-chair, Vice-President, and President.  Her areas of interest are cultural proficiency, parental involvement, and the adjustment and academic success of newcomers.

President

Melanie Davlut | B.Ed, PBDE, M.Ed

Melanie is an EAL teacher working with EAL, ISP, and refugee students.  She has more than 20 years experience in teaching EAL in a variety of contexts.  As a member of TEAL, she has been a member at large, SAGE co-chair, Vice-President, and President.  Her areas of interest are cultural proficiency, parental involvement, and the adjustment and academic success of newcomers.

Vice-President & MTS PD Day Conference 2017 Co-Chair Mojgan Asili

Vice-President & MTS PD Day Conference 2017 Co-Chair

Mojgan Asili
Treasurer & Membership Chair Simone Kirwan Simone is a Resource teacher in the SJSD school division.  She has taught EFL in Japan and South Korea and has worked as a classroom teacher in SJSD, a special education teacher at St.Amant School, a resource teacher in RETSD, and as a Numeracy Coach in SJSD. Simone has been involved with TEAL Manitoba since 2008, serving as the Secretary for 2 years and as the Treasurer/Membership Chair since 2010.  She holds a PBDE in TESL and an M.Ed in Second Language Education, where she explored students with EAL and special education needs in her thesis.

Treasurer & Membership Chair

Simone Kirwan

Simone is a Resource teacher in the SJSD school division.  She has taught EFL in Japan and South Korea and has worked as a classroom teacher in SJSD, a special education teacher at St.Amant School, a resource teacher in RETSD, and as a Numeracy Coach in SJSD. Simone has been involved with TEAL Manitoba since 2008, serving as the Secretary for 2 years and as the Treasurer/Membership Chair since 2010.  She holds a PBDE in TESL and an M.Ed in Second Language Education, where she explored students with EAL and special education needs in her thesis.

Secretary Anita Choi Anita has completed her B. A, B.Ed, CTESL, and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma with a focus on English as an Additional Language. Over the years, she has worked with EAL learners of all ages and within a variety of contexts in the K-12 school setting. She also has experience working with adult learners at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology's Pembina Campus. She is currently an EAL teacher in Pembina Trails School Division. She hopes to continue to straighten her connections with families, students, and community to advocate for their needs in order to be successful.

Secretary

Anita Choi

Anita has completed her B. A, B.Ed, CTESL, and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma with a focus on English as an Additional Language. Over the years, she has worked with EAL learners of all ages and within a variety of contexts in the K-12 school setting. She also has experience working with adult learners at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology's Pembina Campus. She is currently an EAL teacher in Pembina Trails School Division. She hopes to continue to straighten her connections with families, students, and community to advocate for their needs in order to be successful.

Journal & Newsletter Co-Editor Eunhee Buettner Eunhee has been teaching education courses such as “Multicultural Education, “Supporting and Teaching Refugee and Immigrant Students”, and “Intro TEAL” at the University of Winnipeg since 2014. She taught English to a variety of levels and age groups in South Korea before immigrating to Canada in 2008. She holds Ph.D. in Education (TESL) from the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include bi/multilingualism, the impact of linguistic and cultural power on social integration and marginalization, intercultural communication, heritage language education, and multicultural education. She is recently interested in exploring the connection between K-12 and adult EAL education.

Journal & Newsletter Co-Editor

Eunhee Buettner

Eunhee has been teaching education courses such as “Multicultural Education, “Supporting and Teaching Refugee and Immigrant Students”, and “Intro TEAL” at the University of Winnipeg since 2014. She taught English to a variety of levels and age groups in South Korea before immigrating to Canada in 2008. She holds Ph.D. in Education (TESL) from the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include bi/multilingualism, the impact of linguistic and cultural power on social integration and marginalization, intercultural communication, heritage language education, and multicultural education. She is recently interested in exploring the connection between K-12 and adult EAL education.

Journal & Newsletter Co-Editor Yi-Fang Chen Originally from Taiwan, Yi-fang Chen received her Master's of Education degree in second language education from the University of Manitoba. Her research interests are heritage language retention in diaspora communities, and literacy skills for refugee women. In 2012, she started teaching adult EAL in a variety of programs in the Winnipeg area. Currently, she is the lead teacher at the YMCA-YWCA adult ESL program. She has been volunteer at TEAL Manitoba since 2013, serving as an editor.

Journal & Newsletter Co-Editor

Yi-Fang Chen

Originally from Taiwan, Yi-fang Chen received her Master's of Education degree in second language education from the University of Manitoba. Her research interests are heritage language retention in diaspora communities, and literacy skills for refugee women. In 2012, she started teaching adult EAL in a variety of programs in the Winnipeg area. Currently, she is the lead teacher at the YMCA-YWCA adult ESL program. She has been volunteer at TEAL Manitoba since 2013, serving as an editor.

Newcomer Education Coalition Advocate and Liaison, MTS PD Day Conference 2017 Co-Chair, & Mini-PD Chair Surafel Kuchem

Newcomer Education Coalition Advocate and Liaison, MTS PD Day Conference 2017 Co-Chair, & Mini-PD Chair

Surafel Kuchem
SAGE Council Rep Luisa Igne Luisa was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada almost 37 years ago.  She’s been teaching EAL formerly ESL at DMCI (Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute) since 1998.  For the last ten years she’s been in charged of the EAL./LAL centre at DMCI where she teachesnewcomer students with interrupted education. She teaches them basic English, Math, and Science before they enter the regular EAL courses.

SAGE Council Rep

Luisa Igne

Luisa was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada almost 37 years ago.  She’s been teaching EAL formerly ESL at DMCI (Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute) since 1998.  For the last ten years she’s been in charged of the EAL./LAL centre at DMCI where she teachesnewcomer students with interrupted education. She teaches them basic English, Math, and Science before they enter the regular EAL courses.

Webmaster Erica Kolomic Erica completed her B.A/B.Ed and CTESL certification through the University of Winnipeg. She has taught English as an Additional Language to learners of all ages, in China, Japan, Winnipeg, and rural Manitoba. She currently works as the Full Time Instructor at the University of Winnipeg English Language Program, and is working towards her M.Ed in Second Language Education at the University of Manitoba.

Webmaster

Erica Kolomic

Erica completed her B.A/B.Ed and CTESL certification through the University of Winnipeg. She has taught English as an Additional Language to learners of all ages, in China, Japan, Winnipeg, and rural Manitoba. She currently works as the Full Time Instructor at the University of Winnipeg English Language Program, and is working towards her M.Ed in Second Language Education at the University of Manitoba.

Manitoba Education and Training Representatives:

Jayesh Maniar

Diana Turner

TEAM/TEAL Liaison

Anna Schaefer

Members at Large

Heather Mclntosh

Lisa Samborski