Sunshine State TESOL Board

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Executive Board Members

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Li-Lee Tunceren


Li-Lee Tunceren teaches EAP at St. Petersburg College.  She enjoys curriculum and materials design, particularly for blended and online courses.  Li-Lee is currently serving as Chair of Communications at the Seminole campus.  She is working on her doctorate in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology (SLAIT) at the University of South Florida with research interests in online student engagement and language and content learning via technology.

Tony Erben is an Associate Professor of Education (ESOL & Foreign Language Education) at the University of Tampa. Formerly, Chair of the Department of Education, he is currently the Director of the ESOL Endorsement program. He has published widely in the area of second language education, technology use in teaching and learning environments. He is series editor for Teaching ELLs Across the Curriculum with Routledge Press. Recent book publications include: Erben, T., et al. (2008) Teaching English Language Learners through Technology. New York: Routledge. Currently he is working on a resource publication with Kate Wittrock for teachers of ELLs called “Out On A Limb: A Resource Guide to Raise Instructional Effectiveness and Overcome the 30 Most Persistent Errors Ells Make”


Tony Erben
1st Vice President


Sarah Courtemanche

2nd Vice President

Sarah D. Courtemanche is an Instructional Partner for School Transformation with St. Lucie Public Schools. She has served as a bi-lingual inclusion educator for Providence, Rhode Island and as Academic and Student Affairs Governor to the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education.  Sarah’s public policy focus has included  equitable ELL dual language acquisition programs . Her experiences working with diverse student populations have included ESOL-Literacy research in Reciprocal Teaching at both Rhode Island College’s Henry Barnard Research and Laboratory School and Florida Atlantic University’s Palm-Pointe Research and Laboratory School.

Katya Goussakova is a Professor of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Seminole State College of Florida and a Doctoral candidate at UCF (PhD in Education, TESOL Track). Her areas of interest are bilingualism, heritage language maintenance, grammar and pronunciation instruction, and instructional technology.


Katya Goussakova
Member at Large ‘12-‘15


Arlene Costello

Dr. Arlene Costello is a Teacher on Special Assignment to the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department of the School District of Escambia County and a strong advocate of English learners.  She serves on numerous ESOL, gifted, and education committees and boards on the local, state, and national levels. Arlene has recently completed the Florida Department of Education WIDA Training for Trainers workshop which prepared her to deliver professional development on the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework in Florida. Arlene is the recipient of the 2007 National Christa McAuliffe Educator Award, 1992 Florida Gifted Teacher of the Year Finalist, and the 2007 Program for Academically Talented Center Teacher of the Year.  Her interests lie in research, professional development, standards and policy writing and implementation as well as ELLs’ access to all educational programming, especially in gifted education. 

Dorina Sackman

Member-at-Large 14-17

 Dorina Sackman is the 2014 Florida Teacher of the Year, and a Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She is a leading authority on teaching English Language Learners, and has spent the past 19 years face-to-face with students of diverse backgrounds at the elementary, high school and college levels.  As an ELL consultant to school districts nationwide, Dorina takes her classroom experience, ability to speak five languages, and knowledge gained from her doctoral studies on adult teaching and learning to create motivating, innovative professional development filled with successful and differentiated strategies to meet the needs of our growing ELL population. Miss Sackman’s long-term goal is to create an “out of the classroom” classroom – an educational program designed as a safe, adventurous learning environment where children celebrate nature, culture and one another.

Member-at-Large 14-17


Terri Mossgrove

Member-at-Large 15 – 18

Terri Mossgrove is a career educator who has taught at a variety of levels including preschool, elementary, high school, adult literacy, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Teacher Preparation, and Professional Development (PD). She is currently a Professional Development Outreach Specialist in WIDA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the ESOL Chair for The Baptist College of Florida. Currently, she is a fourth year doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Her Florida Professional Education Certifications are in Elementary Education, English Education, and English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Additionally, she has an Endorsement in Reading.
Dr. Mukherjee received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Curriculum and Instruction, with emphasis on Applied Linguistics and Instructional Technology/Instructional Design. She is currently the Coordinator for the ESOL and Instructional Design programs at Saint Leo University, where she has designed, developed and currently teaches several teacher education courses in ESOL, in multicultural education, and Instructional Design. Keya Mukherjee is the Program Administrator for the Master’s in Instructional Design Program at Saint Leo University where she teaches courses on learning theory, instructional design, e-learning tools, in the Instructional Design, Exceptional Student Education, and emerging trends in instructional Her current research interests are in the role of the learner in the design process, student engagement in online learning, and competency based training. image001

 Member-at-Large 15 – 18

Keya Mukherjee

Michelle Thomas

Member-at-Large 16-19

Dr. Michelle Thomas is the Chairperson of the ESL Foreign Language Department at Miami Dade College-InterAmerican Campus. Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Dakota. Her doctoral studies focused on the professional development of language teachers for international settings. She also earned an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Applied Linguistics) from Texas Tech University, and a B.A. in Latin-American Studies (Spanish and Portuguese) from the University of Texas at Austin.


Mariah Schuemann is a faculty lecturer for the University of Miami’s Intensive English Program where she teaches various levels and skills with a special interest in academic writing and curriculum development. Recent work with colleagues includes presentations and articles demonstrating the use of screencasting technology to promote effective teacher feedback on both written and oral assignments, leading to increased learner autonomy and teacher metacognitive awareness. Schuemann also recently co-developed a 3-week summer scholars program for college-oriented international high school students. Schuemann earned a MA in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second-Language) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California, and a BA (Studio Art) from Smith College. She has also taught extensively in China, serving two of those years as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Mariah Schuemann

Member-at-Large 16-19

Ester J. de Jong is Professor of ESOL/Bilingual Education and Director of the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Her research interests include language policy, bilingual education, and mainstream teacher preparation for bilingual learners. Her book, Foundations of Multilingualism in Education: From Principles to Practice (Caslon Publishing), focuses on working with multilingual children in K-12 schools.


Ester DeJong
Past President


Ex-Officio Board Positions

Receiving Secretary – Cynthia Schuemann

Web Master – James May

Social Media Liaison – Lindi Kourtellis

Publisher Liaison – Katya Goussakova

Historian – Betty Green

Parliamentarian –Betty Green

Member Emeritus – TBD

Membership Liaison – Tony Erben

Advocacy Liaison – TBD

Journal Editor – TBD

Asst-Journal Editor – Lindsay Vecchio

Chapter Liaison – Betty Green

International TESOL Liaison – Li-Lee Tunceren

SE Regional TESOL Liaison – Li-Lee Tunceren



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