Meet our Team

Driss El-Akrich Description: Driss

IEP/ESL Interim Director
Brookens 457
Phone: (217) 206-8356

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.

Jackie Tanner Description: Jackie
ESL Adjunct Instructor
Brookens 449
Phone: (217) 206-8169

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.