Meet our Team

Driss El-Akrich Description: Driss

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


Jackie TannerDescription: Jackie
Visiting Clinical Instructor
Brookens 449
Phone: (217) 206-8169
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.
Languages Spoken besides English: Jackie is fluent in German.


Helena Hall
Intensive English Program Instructor
E-mail: hmhall@uis.edu

Helena teaches intermediate and advanced composition courses in the IEP and freshman composition for ESL students in the English department. She holds an MA in TESOL and is currently finishing her dissertation in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation focuses on ESL students’ feedback and how ESL composition classes prepare students to write in other disciplines. In addition to teaching ESL composition classes, Helena has also worked both as a writing center tutor and director, so she has experience working one-on-one with students.
Languages Spoken besides English: Helena is fluent in Swedish and speaks some German.


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 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 Jones
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.


Kara Wilson
Intensive English Program Instructor
Brookens 412
Phone: (217) 206-8144
E-mail: sjone20@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.


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.


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

 


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