Iowa State University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English


TESL/Applied Linguistics: M.A. Students

Lindsay DeLandSamuel Ascoli received a BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2007.  He is currently in his first year pursuing an MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics here at ISU.  In the six years between degrees, he taught English as a foreign language in Cheongju, South Korea.  After graduation, Sam once again hopes to return to teaching English, either in the US or abroad.



Nicholas DriscollRebecca Bae earned her B.M. in Music Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  She worked as a teacher in EFL in Korea and Japan and has taught all grade levels (K through adults).  Her primary interests include oral assessment, kanji acquisition, independent learning, and how humor influences motivation and attitude in the classroom.  She is currently enrolled in the TESL/Applied Linguistics Master’s Program at ISU with the goal of returning to East Asia and teaching at the collegiate level.


Luca GiupponiKelsey Campbell-Gagen holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa in Linguistics and Spanish. Her experiences include volunteering as an English Language Instructor in rural Ecuador and teaching reading and writing to elementary students. She is currently working toward a M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics with specializations in Literacy and CALL. Upon completion of her M.A. degree in 2015, Kelsey intends to teach locally or abroad.



Luca GiupponiAutumn Dinkelman received a B.A./B.S. in Sociology and Economics from the University of Tulsa. She is currently an MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics and a TA for the English Department at ISU. She became a conversation partner with international students her junior year of college, and continued that until graduation. After graduating, she worked with refugees as both an after-school tutor and conversation partner in Atlanta. She hopes to work overseas once she finishes her MA degree in 2015.


Luca GiupponiClariztbel Flores Galvan  has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Contemporary Literature from the University of Panama.  She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from the Universidad Interamericana de Panama.  She has worked at the University of Panama teaching ESP, English Literature and Introduction to Literature, and at the School of Health Sciences of the Universidad Latina de Panama teaching EFL and ESP.  She has experience as an academic counselor too.  She is currently a first year student at the M.A. program in TESL/Applied Linguistics at ISU.  Her main areas of interest are ESP, CALL and teacher training.  After graduation, she plans to go back to her country to work in teacher training and continue teaching English.

Luca GiupponiVictoria Harthoorn is currently an MA student in the TESL/Applied Linguistics program at ISU. She is also currently a TA within the English department at ISU. She received her BA in English (with a minor in Non-Profit Management) from Central College in December of 2011. While working towards her BA Victoria began working with adult Iraqi refugees as a conversation partner. This work continued after college, and then she began to work with younger refugees from Burma as a tutor.


Luca GiupponiSusan Lee is currently a MA student in the TESL program at ISU. She is interested in learning more about CALL as well as Project-Based Learning. She has been teaching English as a second language for six years at Des Moines Area Community College. Prior to teaching at the community college, she taught kindergarten and music for seven years.  She has two bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and music education.



Carla Martínez QuezadaCarla Martínez Quezada holds a BA in English Teaching and a BA in Education. She did her undergraduate studies in Chile at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, where she graduated in 2008. While in Chile, she taught English as a Foreign Language to elementary and high-school learners and gave ESP lessons to adult learners. She is currently enrolled in the TESL/Applied Linguistics Master's Program at Iowa State University, where she is also teaching English as a Second Language.


Rania MohammedTheresa A. Orlovsky holds a BA in English and Spanish from Southeast Missouri State University and is now pursuing a Master’s in TESL/Applied Linguistics with a specialization in Literacy at Iowa State University.  Her research interests include literacy, Second Language Acquisition, pronunciation, and cognition. In the summer of 2012, Theresa co-taught English conversation at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Querétaro, Mexico, and she currently teaches ESL writing classes at ISU. After completing her Master’s, she hopes to teach either domestically or abroad.

Todd PabenErica Park holds a BA in degree in Linguistics  from Iowa State University and has a certificate in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught EFL elementary students and some middle school students in South Korea. Erica is currently a first year MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics interested in studying methodology for teaching ELL students.



Erin TodeyErin Todey holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa in French and International Studies. She taught English in France during the 2009-2010 academic year. Erin is currently working toward a M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics with a specialization in CALL. Her academic interests include CALL, language assessment, and pronunciation teaching and research. While working on her degree, Erin also works as a graduate assistant for the Engaging M@terials for Global English Grant from the U.S. Department of State. Upon completion of her M.A. degree, Erin intends to teach abroad.

Amy WaltonKirk Wilkins received a B.A. in English from Iowa State University with a specialization in education in 2012.  Licensed in K-12 ESL and 5-12 English, Kirk has taught in a variety of settings in the central Iowa area, including student teaching at East High School in Des Moines.  Kirk’s research interests include sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, literacy pedagogy, multimodal instruction, and language program development and evaluation.  Currently enrolled as an MA student, Kirk is also serving as a TA for the ISUComm Foundations courses.  Upon completion of his MA in 2015, Kirk intends to continue studying the intersections of culture, social inequality, and language learning.

 Last modified: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 20:40