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Advisory Board Members

The School of Education hosts an annual advisory board that provides oversight on matters related to subject areas taught within the School.  Community members, current students, and alumni, faculty, and school administration work closely together to shape and maintain the quality of the programs and assist in strategic planning and curriculum and program review.  The goal of the advisory board is to ensure that the School of Education provides an education that meets the needs of a global network of professional educators.

Members are recommended by the School of Education faculty and appointed to serve by the Associate Dean of the School of Education to serve for a one year term and may be reappointed to serve for additional terms.  Members are selected because of their distinct service to their community and profession, expertise as subject matter and curriculum experts, and their direct knowledge of employment and field requirements.  With a diversity of experience, perspectives, and expertise, the board is an integral part to ensuring that the curriculum meets the needs and addresses emerging trends in the field of education.

The advisory board meets annually at the request of the Associate Dean of the School of Education.   

Advisory Board Members

Noura Benabdelouahab - ESL Instructor, Shady Grove University

Noura currently teaches English as a Second Language at multiple Institutions in the DC/MD/VA area.  She has previously taught courses on Arabic and French as a second language.

Claire Gimble – Associate Director for the School of Language Studies

Claire Gimble was born, raised, and educated in Canada. She holds a B.A. in Social Communications from the University of Ottawa and TESL certification from Carleton University. For many years, Claire has taught ESL in Canada and the U.S. to very diverse audiences ranging from kindergarteners and college students to ‘big wigs’ such as government executives and judges. She loves teaching ESL because she learns so much about different cultures and meets wonderful students from all over the world!
Claire is also an experienced ‘teacher of teachers’. She conducted ESL teacher training at Carleton University and is the co-author of an ESL teacher’s reference manual titled ‘Practical Problems in English Grammar’.

My Huynh – TESOL Student Representative

My received her bachelor's degree in English and has five years' experience working as a translator for a university in Vietnam. In addition to her work as a translator, My also worked for four years as a teaching assistant at an English teaching center. These experiences in education inspired her to continue her higher education in the US.  My earned her MA in TESOL degree from VIU in 2015. She also volunteers with Hogar Immigrant Services as an ESL teacher.

Ana-María Nuevo - Director of Bilingual Education at American University

Ana-María Nuevo is adjunct professorial lecturer and founding Director of Bilingual Education at American University’s School of Education where she has taught courses related bilingual language acquisition. She is an applied linguist specializing in dual and second language learning. She has extensive experience in program development and supervising teachers of adult English as a Second Language and Spanish as a Second Language. Before beginning her career at American University in 2010, she was visiting assistant professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where she taught both undergraduate and master level courses in linguistics and education. She has been a consultant to USAID Perú, the US State Department's Regional English Language Office, Berlitz, Rosetta Stone, among others. She is deeply interested in second language teacher education and the professionalization of the field. Her research interests revolve around the interaction approach to second language acquisition.

Camilla de Jesus Nunes - Virginia International University TESOL Graduate

Camilla recently completed her Master of Arts in TESOL at VIU.  She has previously taught EFL and ESL classes in Brazil and in the USA. 

Dr. Patrick Linehan - Chief Operating Officer for Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement

Dr. Patrick Linehan joined the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) at George Mason University as its Chief Operating Officer in April 2012 following 36 years of experience in policy development and program management in the federal government, primarily with the Department of Defense. Pat is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel whose last assignment in the Army was as the Product Manager for the Improved Army Tactical Missile System, an advanced technology Major Defense Acquisition Program. Pat has a Bachelor of Science from West Point and a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University. Pat is also a former school board member for the City of Manassas Public Schools.

Kevin Martin - Associate Dean of School of Education for Virginia International University

Kevin Martin is the Associate Dean of School of Education for Virginia International University where he teaches on topics including language structure, language acquisition, and curriculum design.  Mr. Martin has previously served in capacities including Associate Dean of School of Education and Program Director for ESOL programs and chief officer for Institutional Language Curriculum Design/Implementation. He has second language teaching experience from children to adults domestically and abroad.

Magdalena Mendoza - ESL instructor and philologist

Magdalena Mendoza, an ESL instructor and philologist originally from Poland, holds a bachelor's degree in Polish Philology and Public Communication from Opole University and a master's degree in TESOL from Virginia International University. She has worked as an assistant teacher at a public elementary school in Poland and has also served as an English tutor for non-native English speakers. Truly passionate about culture variances, she engages in perusing new foreign dialects and foreign nation customs.

Magdalena graduated from Virginia International University in May 2011. She currently works as an ESL instructor at Columbia College in Fairfax, VA and at Carlos Rosario Public School in Washington, DC. She also works as an elementary teacher for the Polish School at the Polish Embassy. In her free time, she enjoys such hobbies as cooking, dancing, movies, and reading biographical books. Magdalena lives in Maryland with her husband.

George Rado - Executive Director for Capital English Academy

George Rado serves as the Executive Director for Capital Academy which provides basic adult literacy in ESL, academic English preparation, and TOEFL preparation.  He has served in the industry in various roles from teacher to administrator and has developed curricula for some of the leading institutions in the Washington, DC area.  Serving as an executive leader of the organization, Mr. Rado is involved heavily in curriculum development, community outreach, and direct hiring of faculty and staff.

Dr. Rebecca Sachs - Full-Time Faculty Member for the School of Education at VIU

Dr. Rebecca Sachs serves as a member of the faculty of VIU’s School of Education. Prior to joining VIU, Dr. Sachs was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. After studying Foreign Languages and Communication Disorders at Boston University and spending a semester abroad in Niamey, Niger, she earned a. MA in TESOL from Michigan State University and a PhD in Linguistics from Georgetown, where she concentrated on second language acquisition.

Dr. Heather Weger - Associate Teaching Professor. Center for Language Education and Development, Georgetown University

Dr. Heather Weger has been in the English language field since 1999 when she began her English teaching career in Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University, as well as two Master of Arts degrees (one in Teaching in TESOL & Bilingual Education from Georgetown University; one in Adult and Higher Education from University of Oklahoma). She has been teaching full-time at Georgetown since 2007, and is currently an Associate Teaching Professor in their English Language Program housed in the Center for Language Education and Development (CLED). She is a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA), has served for seven years on the Curriculum Committee in CLED, and holds a certificate in ELT Leadership Management from TESOL International, as well as a certificate in copyright law for educators from TESOL International’s Electronic Village Interest Section. She has presented on numerous topics in invited workshops and lectures, as well as at international, national, and regional TESOL and linguistics conferences. The author of multiple articles, Dr. Weger’s research focuses on effective teaching strategies as well as the social and co-constructed nature of language learning and language teaching. She is currently serving as Co-Vice President of WATESOL, the TESOL affiliate of the Washington DC area, and has traveled internationally as a consultant on assessment and curricular issues.