Georgia Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages

2017-2018 GATESOL Executive Board Profiles 


Kendra M. Castelow, Ed.S.

Kendra M. Castelow is an ESOL teacher in Houston County.  For over 16 years, she has taught K-12 and adult English Learners and general education students.  Kendra has previously taught English as a Second Language in an Intensive English Program in Oklahoma and in K-12 in her native St. Louis before moving to Georgia.  She obtained her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  In addition, she holds a M.A. in Education with a specialization in TESL from Oral Roberts University and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia College and State University (GCSU).  In 2015 Kendra obtained her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from GCSU and now holds a Performance-Based leadership certificate (P-12).  She is fully certified in ESOL (P-12), Early Childhood, and in Middle Grades Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Kendra has presented at the Middle Georgia Diversity in Education Conference at GCSU, the ESOL Conference at Kennesaw State University, and at GATESOL Conferences.   

The Conferences Professional Council (CPC) of TESOL International selected Kendra to be a Local Co-Chair for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.  Presently, Kendra enjoys her time with Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (GATESOL) in various positions:  President (2017-2018), 1st Vice-President (2016-2017), Conference Chair for the 2017 36th Annual GATESOL Conference, Regional Liaison (Regions 8, 9, & 12).  Kendra fulfilled the following roles:  GATESOL Executive Board Member (2012-2014), Exhibitor Liaison for the 2015 GATESOL Conference, Secretary (2015-2016), Program Chair for the 2016 GATESOL Conference, and K-12 Editor for GATESOL’s online research journal, TESOL In Action.  GATESOL selected her as a delegate to attend the 2015 & 2016 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summits in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Kendra values community involvement and engagement of all stakeholders.  In 2017, she was elected to the Sacred Heart Catholic School Board.  She has been a Soccer Coach of the K4/5 & 1st/2nd Boys team for Upward with Central Baptist Church.  Also, she serves as an Association Representative for Georgia Association of Educators(GAE). Furthermore, Kendra is a member of TESOL International, the Macon Arts Alliance, the Tubman Museum, a proud Lifetime Member of Phi Kappa Phi, and an Alum of the 2016 Leadership Robins Region class.

Kendra is married and has 2 wonderful children, Roxanna and Kendall. In her spare time, she enjoys speaking Spanish, learning about cultures of the world, and listening to various musical genres. Kendra’s experiences allow her to network with and provide support to other educators, administrators, and professionals to be an agent of change in the field of TESOL. 

1st Vice-President/Conference Chair

Lela Horne, Ph. D.

Lela Horne has 21 years of experience in education.  She has taught a variety of subjects in primary/secondary schools, a GED program, and at a technical college.  Lela's dedication to the ESOL field is driven by a desire to help bilingual friends and family members.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been teaching ESOL in Marietta City Schools for 15 years.  Lela has been a member of GATESOL since 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Grants and Awards committee.

2nd Vice-President/Membership Chair

Greg Wickersham, Ed. S.

Greg Wickersham is a longtime active GATESOL member and current board member at-large who has dedicated his career to teaching and advocating for English learners. He has taught ESOL in Atlanta Public Schools, worked at the Georgia Department of Education, and served as an assistant principal. He currently teaches newcomer ELs at the DeKalb International Student Center. Greg just renewed his National Board Certification in English as a New Language, holds a master’s in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a specialist in Education Leadership from Kennesaw State. In his volunteer time, Greg visits with immigrant detainees and their families at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin. Greg would be honored to continue serving on the Executive Board.


Jennifer Pendergrass, Ed. D.

Jennifer Pendergrass is an itinerant ESOL teacher at Taylorsville Elementary and Euharlee Elementary in Bartow county. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Deaf education at Ball State University, her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at University of Phoenix, her ESOL endorsement at Northwest Georgia RESA, and her doctorate in teacher leadership at Walden University. Jennifer published her doctoral thesis, “Increasing the Vocabulary Acquisition Rate for Third Grade English Learners” in 2017. GATESOL In Action published her manuscript, “Cultivating Respectful Classroom Discourse in Trump’s America” in 2017 as well. She is a contributor to the social media activity for the Bartow County ESOL team. She is also a member of an ESOL professional development blogging team in Bartow county, where she and her teammates provide online ESOL training for classroom teachers. 

The Conferences Professional Council (CPC) of TESOL International selected Jennifer to be the Poster Sessions Team Leader for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.


Christina Catinella, M. A.

Christina Catinella is currently a special education teacher at The GLOBE Academy, a dual immersion charter school in DeKalb County School District. Before teaching at GLOBE, she was an ESOL teacher at Lake Forest Elementary School in Fulton County Schools for three years. There she also served as the PTA Treasurer and was elected as the Teacher Representative on the School Governance Council. While at Lake Forest ES, she participated in two action research projects: one on new co-teaching models implemented at the school, and one on the possibility of implementing a dual immersion program at the school.

Christina began her service on the Executive Board of GATESOL as Treasurer, where she served for three years. Now she serves as a Member-at-Large, Regional Liaison for Region 4, and Dual Language Immersion Interest Section Leader. Christina has represented GATESOL three times at TESOL’s Advocacy and Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.

Christina is a Knoxville, Tennessee native and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and World Business from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her passion for ESOL began when she worked in banking and tutored adults in the evenings for the Buncombe County Literacy Council in Asheville, NC. After moving to Atlanta, Christina earned her Master of Arts in Teaching TESOL from Kennesaw State University. There she was recognized as a nominee for Outstanding Scholar. Christina is passionate about advocacy, education policy, and dual immersion education. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, photography, and sports. 

Member-at-Large, 2nd Year

Jan Anglade, M. Ed.

Mr. Jan Anglade has been an educator for 17 years.  Being from the island of Puerto Rico, Mr. Anglade has been an EL his whole life.  He has a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Puerto Rico, as well as a M.Ed. in TESOL from Kennesaw State University.  For the last 11 years he has worked as an ESOL teacher at the DeKalb International Student Center (DISC), where he has learned an enormous amount of information regarding working with ELs.  At the DISC, Mr. Anglade has worked in both of the programs offered at the school: the Intensive English program (which is for 3rd to 12th grade students that need to learn English) as well as in the LAB program (which is for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) students that are 13 years of age or older, but have been in school for less than 7 years). 

By working at the DISC, Mr. Anglade has been in constant contact with the communities where the students reside.  Additionally, while completing his Masters in TESOL, he became aware of advocacy needs of the EL population in the state of Georgia.  Mr. Anglade had been an active member of GATESOL for the last couple of years, as well as being a presenter at the GATESOL and KSU TESOL Conferences. 

Mr. Anglade is the DISC’s English Language Arts Department Chair, Member of the Leadership Team of the school, as well as being the 2016-2017 school’s Teacher of the Year.

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Tuba Angay-Crowder, Ph. D.

I have had the opportunities to work with children and adults of many age levels and abilities while I was teaching English in my home country Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and when I conducted research at Georgia State University. I have worked with children in various settings and gained experience at many schools that serve a variety of populations. With my diverse background, I embrace the challenges and joys of teaching children, youth and adults, and working with passionate teachers. Across my experience at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University, I have taught various undergraduate and graduate courses, redesigning and developing course syllabi for each. 

My research interests are second language writing, second language identities, adolescents’ multimodal practices, and professional development. I have published on diverse topics in top-tier journals, including TESOL Quarterly, TESL Canada Journal, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, International Literacy Association: Reading Today Online, Global Education Review, Talking Point, and Ubiquity: The Journal of Literature, Literacy, and the Arts. My most recent co-authored article with a title “Self-sponsored
writing in the contexts of second language writing: Pedagogical implications” will be published shortly in TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching respectively. I have also co-edited a book, which will be published by Routledge in 2018. This is a collection of scholar talks—both intellectual and practical--between 2010-2016 by some of the most renown literacy and language education scholars in the last decade. 

Additional outreach activities include serving as an editor and manuscript reviewer for different journals. I served on the Georgia Association of Teacher Educator’s Executive Committee for proposals, co-organizing proposal submissions and reviews. To note, I have received the Beverly J. Armento Award for my commitment to improving pedagogy in teaching and teacher education (April 2014). 

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Phoenicia L. Grant, M. Ed.

Phoenicia L. Grant began her professional life as a primary school ESL teacher for eight years before becoming an EL Counselor and International Transcript Evaluator for DeKalb County School District in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has evaluated thousands of foreign transcripts from over 142 countries spread across six continents.

She has presented on foreign transcript evaluation nationally, at the state level, district level, and the school level. Additionally, she has received several invitations to present and train educators in neighboring school districts and out of state on her widely used transcript evaluation framework.

Additionally, Phoenicia coordinates a grant funded district level Parent Outreach Program, is responsible for grade level placement of all international students K-12 , and provides professional development for teachers, parents, and staff.

She has a B.A. in Elementary Education with an ESOL Endorsement from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Conferences Professional Council (CPC) of TESOL International selected Phoenicia to be the Networking Sessions Team Leader for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Felicia Hill, Ed. S.

Felicia Hill is an elementary ESOL teacher, who for 12 years has taught English language learners to improve their English language proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening through academic content.  She believes that teacher preparation and professional development directly connects to what students learn. 

Felicia has supported professional development by serving as a Content Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition.  In 2006 and 2007, Cobb County School District selected her to continue her Spanish language professional development in Cuernavaca, Mexico.    

Her training includes differentiation strategies and SIOP lesson planning for ESOL students.  She is currently working on an Academic Coaching Endorsement through Cobb County School District.

Additionally, she is a trained speaking rater for the TOEFLibt and scoring leader for many programs sponsored by Educational Testing Service.  She has also served as an item writer, passage writer, and editor for several testing companies.

Felicia holds an Educational Specialist degree in TESOL from Nova Southeastern University.  She earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education with ESOL endorsement from The University of Georgia.

The Conferences Professional Council (CPC) of TESOL International selected Kendra to be the Pre- and Post-Convention Institutes Team Leader for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.


Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Alisa Leckie, Ph. D.

Alisa Leckie is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University.  Her work focuses on the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students and adolescent literacy. Currently she is studying meaningful discipline-specific academic language development and the impact of earning ESOL endorsements on the professional practice of  K-12 teachers.  She is also working with local school districts to help them address the growing numbers of English learners in their classrooms through collaborative coaching and  the modification of materials and assessments for emergent English learners.  Prior to moving to Georgia, Alisa taught Language Arts, Spanish Language Arts and ESL for 18 years at a middle school in southern Arizona.

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Elaine Thurmond, Ed. D. 

I am a determined and detailed-oriented individual, and I am a team player committed to going above and beyond the call of duty in order to attain organizational goals. My dedication and enthusiasm for the education field is very extensive and diverse with 31 years in Education. I have eleven years of experience as an Assistant Principal in Cobb County School District in which I served as the ESOL administrator in a Primary, Intermediate and Middle school with a population of over 400 ESOL students. My knowledge of effective TESOL teaching practices, methods, and techniques is utilized as I train and evaluate teachers. Additionally, my role included training ESOL and regular ed. teachers to use WIDA and Common Core Standards as part of their daily instruction.

My responsibility as the test coordinator consisted of planning for over 400 students to be administered multiple levels of the ACCESS test, as well as administering the ACCESS test to students. Being selected by the district to present at the SETESOL in Knoxville and the GATESOL in Atlanta, allowed me to share the successes of the ESOL program.

During my years of as an Instructional Support Specialist with the Georgia Department of Education, I trained the staff at several schools to implement the America’s Choice design. Earlier in my career, I spent four years as an Instructional Liaison Specialist and
eleven years as an elementary classroom teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. I have served as a faculty member of three different university’s over the past 9 years. I have instructed language arts classes on campus at Mercer University and online at Grand Canyon University and Walden University. I have served as the College Supervisor for several elementary and middle school student teachers. 

I was trained by Pearson Education to score the edTPA for Early Childhood (Language Arts and Math). During this three-year period, I helped teacher candidates identify relative strengths and needs that guided their individual growth. I consider myself a role model for students. I am confident that I will make a significant contribution now and an increasingly important one to GATESOL.

Member-at-Large, 1st Year

Ethan Trinh

As a Vietnamese immigrant, Ethan Trinh has pushed himself to be an active educator to work toward one common goal: touching students’ lives in the U.S. classroom. His teaching philosophy is “to put students first."  He uses all capabilities and explores every possibility to make sure every student is actively engaged in the lesson and valued for their own culture and identity.  Mr. Trinh keeps doing the "try-and-fail" cycle and continues to think critically to benefit his students.  His ultimate goals are to encourage students to go to college, not to give up on their dreams, to work hard and to be better human beings, to give back to the society.

Mr. Trinh has been teaching ESOL for 5 years in Vietnam after resigning from his position of a Coordinator at Duke’s.  He will earn his Master’s in TESOL in Spring 2018 at Georgia State University.  Besides, he has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant to teach Computational Thinking for Latino/a middle school students since 2016. In 2017, he joined the Crest-Ed Initiatives, a federally-funded grant to teach at a high-need school. Furthermore, he saves some time to assist in a literacy project for low-income African-American elementary students in downtown Atlanta. He works relentlessly to ensure he can learn and contribute all he had to American education.

Mr. Trinh was also awarded for different grants and awards to attend CamTESOL in Cambodia, TEFL in India, and Muslim Perspectives Workshop at Duke’s. Recently, he is honored to be the recipient of the Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development for Outstanding Graduate Student, the recipient of the 2017 SETESOL Travel Grant from GATESOL to attend the conference in Birmingham, Alabama, and the recipient of the 2017 Public Service Award from GATESOL for his works in the Georgia ESOL Community.

Mr. Trinh loves teaching. This is the only profession he wants to do in his entire life. He is passionate, compassionate, and critical to make a difference on his classroom.

Past President

Dr. Cherrilynn Woods Washington

Dr. Cherrilynn Woods Washington has been an educator for 21 years, working in a variety of educational settings with diverse groups of learners and cultures. She has a B.S. in Home Economics with a concentration in Child Development, a M.S in Elementary Education, and Ed. D. in Teacher Leadership. Cherrilynn has taught Kindergarten, fourth, fifth grades and GED classes in the Atlanta Public School System. Presently, she is an itinerant ESOL teacher providing ESOL curriculum support for four elementary schools in the South Atlanta and Carver Clusters. Her work with adults includes teaching online educational classes from Grand Canyon University, ELL professional development training, trained SIOP Coach and co-presenting with other ESOL and Mainstream colleagues with in and out of my school system.  She is the retired Service Unit Director for Ben Hill Greater Atlanta Girl Scouts (21 years of service to girl scouts) and the President for GATESOL serving many roles on the board since 2007. 

Cherrilynn has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 20 plus years serving in various roles as Hostess, Membership Chair, Graduate Advisor Council, Pan-Hel Rep, Corresponding Secretary, Nominating Committee Chair, Presidents Assistant, and Leadership Logistic Captain, and Foundation Member.  Some of her accomplishments include two wonderful boys, WIDA educator of the month, Teacher of the Year awards by George Alexander Towns Elementary School, Outstanding Volunteerism Award from the Ben Hill community, and the Mentor-Leader Award.

The Conferences Professional Council (CPC) of TESOL International selected Cherrilynn to be the PreK-12 Dream Day Team Leader for the 2019 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.

Georgia Department of Education Liaison

Dr. Jacqueline Ellis

Georgia TESOL

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