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Faculty

Valerie Heming, Co-Director, English Language Center
vheming@ucmo.edu

Valerie completed her Bachelor's degree in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and then earned  a Master's degree in TESL at UCM in 1994.  For the next eight years she lived in Flemish-speaking Belgium with her husband. She worked with a variety of different nationalities from Europe and with many students from Japan and Korea. She has been working for the English Language Center since January 2002 and directing the programs since August 2004.

Rachel Herman, Co-Director, English Language Center
herman@ucmo.edu

Rachel studied abroad as an AFS high school exchange student in Brazil, and she taught English at a private school in Tokyo, Japan. She earned her M.A. degree in TESL from the University of Central Missouri, May 2002 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, May 1997.

Mary Winters, Instructor, English Language Center
mwinters@ucmo.edu

TESL M.A. Degree May 1993 from the University of Central Missouri; Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Mary Winters grew up in a small town in the Missouri Ozark Mountains near Meramec Springs. She married Jack Winters, who had three sons.  Jack and Mary had three sons and a daughter.  In 1993 she was hired to set up the ESL program in Warrensburg R-VI School District.  She was an ESL teacher there for fourteen years K-12.  Mary wrote a content area curriculum guide and presented the elementary portion at TESOL, the national Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages convention, in Seattle and the secondary portion at TESOL in St. Louis, Missouri   In cooperation with teachers and administrators, she wrote a district wide policy for the ESL program to meet district, state and national standards.

Katelyn Wharton, Instructor, English Language Center
kwharton@ucmo.edu

Katelyn completed her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology in 2010, and then earned a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCM in 2012. She taught Composition I as a graduate assistant, and then began teaching in the Intensive English Program. Katelyn also worked and taught English in Argentina for a semester before joining the IEP full-time. She is currently a part of the Curriculum and Activities committees, and enjoys teaching and learning languages.

 

 

 

Lindsey Simanowitz, Instructor, English Language Center
simanowitz@ucmo.edu

 

 

Lindsey Simanowitz was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication with an emphasis in Electronic Media in December 2006 from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. She completed her Masters in Education with a focus in English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in May 2013 from MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU). Lindsey has been involved in various roles in the field of ESL/ELL education since January 2007.  Lindsey has experienced many cultural opportunities and service opportunities in her seven years as an ESL instructor.