Meet our Team

 

 

IEP/ESL Director

Position vacant




Academic Coordinator

Position vacant

 


Badria Luteify
Program Assistant
Brookens 448
Phone: (217)206-8577
Email: blute2@uis.edu

 


Kevin Moon
Intensive English Program Instructor
Brookens 408
Phone: (217) 206-9051
E-mail: ktmoon@uis.edu

Kevin Moon has been teaching ESL since 2001.  He earned his MATESL from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2004.  He has previously taught at Western Illinois University, The University of Iowa, and Upper Iowa University.  He has also lived and taught in South Korea three times, first at an English academy, and most recently at Gwangju University.  He enjoys disc golf, hiking, tennis, classic video games, art, collecting esoteric books, spending as much time as possible outside, and exploring eclectic music, cinema, and international cuisines.


Denise Kennedy
Intensive English Program Instructor
Brookens 412
Phone: (217) 206-8144
E-mail: dkenn3@uis.edu

Denise received her M.A. from National-Louis University while teaching French at Richmond-Burton High School in Richmond, IL. She also received her B.S. in French from Southern Illinois University. Denise’s love of other cultures began when she spent a semester immersed in the French culture in Lyon, France. She now enjoys building a rapport with her students while encouraging them to appreciate American culture and help them achieve their goal of learning the English language. She also enjoys knitting and crocheting, working out at the gym, reading, and spending time with her husband and three children.
Languages Spoken besides English: Denise speaks French.


Sue AlexanderSue Alexander
Intensive English Program Instructor
Brookens 410
Phone: (217) 206-8573
E-mail: salex3@uis.edu

Sue first started teaching English as a Second Language in Japan after graduating from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL with a B.A. in English/Secondary Ed. She only planned to stay a year, but ended up loving it so much that she lived in Japan for four more years. After returning to the U.S., she earned her M.A. in Teacher Leadership from the University of Illinois in Springfield and has taught ESL here for another five years. She continues to love teaching, studying Japanese, eating and cooking ethnic food, reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband and son.
Languages Spoken besides English: Sue speaks Japanese.


Sarah JonesSarah Headshot
Intensive English Program Instructor
Brookens 489
Phone: (217) 206-8186
E-mail: sjone20@uis.edu

Sarah Jones earned her M.A. in Teaching from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and her B.A. in Speech Communication with a minor in Non-Profit Studies from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. She obtained her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from Cambridge University’s satellite campus in Spain. Sarah taught ESL in Seoul, South Korea; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Austin, Texas. She is certified to teach English Language Arts and Speech to sixth through twelfth grade, and is a member of TESOL, ITBE, NEA, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, Golden Key, and Lamda Pi Eta. Sarah’s hobbies include volunteering in the community, travel, acrobatics, painting, gardening, and spending time with her family and three dogs.
Languages Spoken besides English: Sarah has studied Spanish for 4 years, Latin for 3 years, and Korean for 1 year.


Dianne Loyet
ESL Adjunct Instructor
Brookens 465
Phone: (217)206-8331
E-mail: dloyet@uis.edu

Dianne has earned an MA in TESOL from UCLA and a PhD from New York University. She has been teaching ESL since 1993. Although Dianne mostly teaches young adults, she has taught students of all ages, from kindergarten through retirement. She specializes in teaching academic writing, but she has taught reading, grammar, listening, speaking, and pronunciation as well. The things she loves most (after her husband and children, of course) are cats and books.


Sarah EcclesEccles_Bio Photo #2
Intensive English Program
Brookens 410
Phone: (217)206-8573
E-mail: seccl2@uis.edu

Sarah Eccles received her M.A. in Teacher Leadership from University of Illinois Springfield, and also holds a supplemental graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. As an undergraduate, Sarah majored in Human Services and minored in Cultural Studies, later working both in social services with families in crisis and in higher education student services before attending graduate school. Sarah is currently a member of ITBE (Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and the local Springfield Sister Cities Association, where she teaches Mexican educational delegations from Springfield’s sister city, San Pedro, Coahuila. Sarah’s personal interests include studying French, reading and watching science fiction, distance running, and spending time with her family.


Kara Wilson
Intensive English Program Instructor
Brookens 412
Phone: (217) 206-8144
E-mail: kwils8@uis.edu

Kara received her B.A. in German Studies and is currently a student working on her M.A. in Public History at UIS. She studied abroad for one year at the Technical University of Dortmund in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, lived two summers in Vienna, Austria and three years later moved back to Dessau, Germany in Saxony-Anhalt to teach English. Kara also has experience teaching German. During her free-time she enjoys the outdoors, exercising, reading and traveling. Her favorite aspect of teaching is getting to know her international students and learning about their homelands and customs.


Elizabeth FarrarFarrar- headshot
Intensive English Program
Brookens 489
Phone: (217)206-8186
E-mail: efarr01s@uis.edu

Elizabeth, a Springfield native, graduated from SIU Carbondale with an MA in TESOL in 2008.  Upon graduating, she has taught English abroad in Costa Rica, in both San Jose and on the magical beach of Jaco.   She has also spent years enjoying the warm Florida climate.  She taught in Bradenton, Florida, both as a high school French teacher and as an adjunct in the IEP program at State College of Florida.   In her free time, she enjoys singing jazz standards and dancing salsa and practicing yoga.


Jessica Ruppert
Intensive English Program
Brookens 410
Phone: (217)206-8573
E-mail: jrupp5@uis.edu