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Who's Teaching English as a Second Language?

From left to right: Maureen Lanseur, Mary Anderson,
Sandra Chupkai, Margo Czinski, Bonnie White

Mary Anderson is originally from Minnesota, where she got her undergraduate degree in music education. She taught middle school band there for nine years. After moving to Ann Arbor, she received her MA in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University. She has found a lot of similarities between teaching music and ESL, especially in that they both require a lot of practice. Besides WCC, she also teaches ESL at Oakland Community College. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Ann Arbor, and likes gardening, birdwatching and reading.


Sandy Chupkai has been teaching ESL and English composition since 1980. Originally from eastern Pennsylvania, Sandy received a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Speech Communication (TESL) from the Pennsylvania State University. She has lived and taught in Washington, D.C. and Boston as well as overseas in Brazil and the Netherlands. She enjoys studying foreign languages, writing journals, reading, traveling and spending time with her husband and two daughters. Sandy loves teaching because she has seen so many hard-working, motivated students reach their goals! She has been part of WCC since fall 2002.


Margo Czinski has been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), English, and German since 1975. She received her undergraduate degree in German and English from Michigan State University and her Masters in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. At WCC she teaches ESL. Married with two sons, Margo lives with her family outside of Ann Arbor, where they have geese, ducks, chickens, and cats in the yard. She and her husband, Tom, love to read, take walks, watch movies, and travel. Margo tries to make her classes both challenging and enjoyable. Having studied two foreign languages, she knows how much work it takes to become proficient, but she also knows the importance of humor in the classroom.


Betsy Foss has been teaching at Washtenaw since January, 2004. She has a B.A. in French and a Masterís of Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan, as well as an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Eastern Michigan University. In addition to French, Betsy has studied Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. She finds great pleasure in learning new languages and being able to communicate with members of another culture as a result. Her goal is to help her students grow in confidence and ability as they study English and to help them have some fun as they learn! In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, and taking walks with her husband and daughter.


Susan Glowski teaches all levels within the ESL program at Washtenaw Community College, as well as writing classes for native speakers of English. She earned her MA at San Francisco State University and taught in the Adult Education Program in Berkeley, CA, before coming to WCC in 1980. She has written two texts which are currently used at Washtenaw and is working on a third. Susan is married and has one grown daughter and a dog. She loves traveling, spending time on the Huron River and walking in the woods.


Heather Kaye


Maureen Lanseur


Kasey McCullough


Janet Reedy began teaching ESL after working as a social worker and working for a non-governmental humanitarian relief and development organization in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. This is her second year at WCC. She has also taught at U-M's Family Housing Language Program. She received her Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Eastern Michigan University. She also has masters degrees in social work and peace studies. She and her husband have two grown daughters and two pre-school grandsons. Her hobbies are cooking ethic food as well as reading and writing poetry. She is part of a group that is working toward opening a non-profit fair trade store in Ann Arbor to provide a U.S. market for third-world artisans. Having lived in other countries, she knows how important it is to speak the language in order to understand and participate in the life around you. Other people helped her open doors to the languages and cultures where she has lived, and she enjoys being able to do that for her students.


Anna Trujillo Sowards earned her BA in Religion from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA (1987), and her MA-TEFL at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA (1993). She has studied Spanish, German, Greek, and Swahili. She has taught ESL in California and Kenya. Anna has been teaching at WCC since January, 2002. She moved to Michigan after living in Nairobi, Kenya, for 7 1/2 years. She is devoted to giving her best to the students and has high standards for her students as well. She feels that learning English should not only be for academic purposes but for practical, every day purposes as well. Her hobbies are reading, sports, camping, travel, and cooking.


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