Meet our Team

Driss El-Akrich Description: Driss

IEP/ESL Interim Director
Brookens 412
Phone: (217) 206-9050
E-mail: delak2@uis.edu

Driss El-Akrich is an international student from Morocco currently working on his doctorate in UIS’ Public Administration Program. He received his B.A. in Art in English (with a concentration in Applied Linguistics) from University Moulay Ismail in Meknes, Morocco, and his M.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Arkansas State University. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and French. He has earned a plethora of accolades for his academic excellence and expertise in teaching foreign languages. He is adept at adapting to institutional, geographic, and hierarchical changes.


Jay Ingram

ESL Adjunct Instructor
Brookens 410
Phone: (217) 206-8573
Email: jingr4@uis.edu

Jay received his M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language/Linguistics from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He also graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in History. Jay spent one summer teaching English in China before his senior year of university. He fell in love with the country and spent two additional years in China after graduation. Jay is a member of TESOL and ITBE (Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages-Bilingual Education). His hobbies include spending time with his wife and daughter, hunting and traveling.


Jackie Tanner Description: Jackie
ESL Adjunct Instructor
Brookens 412
Phone: (217) 206-9050
E-mail: jtann2@uis.edu

Jackie received her M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. While at U of Pittsburgh she spent a year studying abroad at the University of Siegen in North Rhine-Westphalia,Germany. She has over twenty-five years of experience teaching ESL at schools across the U.S. to speakers from around the world. She specializes in the areas of teaching reading and writing and has presented at TESOL conferences on the subject of “Achieving Fluency Through Literature.” She continues to research recent topics to improve second-language learning skills in the classroom. In her spare time she enjoys walking, biking and singing.


Janine Toman
ESL Office Assistant
Brookens 448
Phone: (217) 206-8577
E-mail: jtoma2@uis.edu