Pedro Escalante - Treasurer
UC, B.A. in Education, English Major, Pedro is currently undergoing Simón Bolivar University’s professional development program in natural languages and their applications. He has built marketing and financial skills at different jobs’ training programs prior to his ELT studies. He has held TEFL internships and professorships at UC as well as elementary and high schools in Valencia, Carabobo State. An English Immersion Camp alumnus, he has witnessed first-hand and embraced the importance of community service for professional development, thereby actively helping in VenTESOL Region 1 initiatives.
Mary Allegra - President
M.S. in Applied Linguistics and Graduate Specialist in TEFL from Simón Bolívar University, Associate English Phonetics and Phonology Professor at undergraduate and graduate levels of the Modern Languages Dept., Faculty of Education, University of Carabobo (UC), Chair of English Phonetics and Phonology at UC since 2007, Mary co-authored the book “Pronunciation Book One”, American English Course Series, and is writing a new pronunciation book. She was part of VenTESOL Region 1 organizing committee in 2007, VenTESOL 2nd Vice-President, 2011-2013, and VenTESOL 1st Vice-President, 2013-2015.
Johannes Rojas -
UC, B.A. in Education, English Major, Johannes is completing his graduate studies in TEFL and conducting research on best practices for EFL teachers among Puerto Cabello regional schools also for UC. He has held several positions as a Phonetics and Phonology intern, ELT instructor at language academies and at UNIPAP, heading the Modern Languages School. Johannes is also CEVAC’s Academic Director. Influenced by the volunteering spirit at FACE-UC early on during his teacher training years, he has served VenTESOL in state, regional, and national capacity.
Jesus Sosa - Editor
EFL instructor at ULA Mérida who specializes on the reading and writing skills. He is the Coordinador de Extensión y Producción at the School of Modern Languages, research member at the Centro de Investigaciones en Lenguas Extranjeras ULA, member of the Grupo de Investigación y Escritura en Idiomas Modernos ULA, and moderator at the Centro de Innovación y Emprendimiento para el uso de las Tecnologías en Educación ULA. He is also part of the Teaching/Learning Foreign Languages Master´s Program from ULA and his research line focuses in the use of ICT for EFL teaching/learning.
Miguel Frontado - Communications coordinator
ULA, B.A. in Modern Languages (International Organizations/Linguistic and Literary Research). He is currently the Children and Youth courses Coordinator and Access Microsholarship Program at Cevam, and VenTESOL Merida State Rep. He has also conducted researches for the application of technology in the EFL classroom, EFL didactics for young learners, and task-based learning for young students. He also was part of the team that designed the EFL learning online program at CEVAM.
Miguel Perez - 3rd Vice-President
UC, B.A. in Education, English Major, Miguel is on his way to earn a Master’s Degree in Open and Distance Education from UNA. An experienced K-12 and adult teacher, he founded and heads MFL Academy in San Felipe, Yaracuy State. His main areas of interest are ICT and Learning Technologies in ELT. He has been an active VenTESOLer since 2010, serving as Yaracuy State Representative. In his duties as VenTESOL Communications Coordinator, Miguel has followed his predecessor’s steps and consolidated our web presence and social media platforms.
Mónica Fernandez -
Monica Fernandez is a professor at the Education Faculty of the University of Carabobo since 1998. Currently, she is the head Chair of English Practice and the Coordinator of the English labs. Holds a master in Reading and Writing and
a Specialization in Educational Management. Co-author of the Activity Book 2 for the series American English Course.
Julio Palma - Communications coordinator
Julio Palma holds a Bachelor ́s Degree in Education with a Major in Modern Languages from the University of Zulia where he also completed a Master's Degree in Linguistics and Language Teaching. He has been an active speaker at
VenTESOL and has published peer-reviewed articles on linguistics. He has participated in 2 online courses from the University of Oregon, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.
Reina Ruiz - Secretary
Undergraduate Degree in English Language Teaching and Graduate Degree in Higher Education from UPEL-Maturin. Currently enrolled in the Doctorate Program in Education at UPEL-Maturin. Associate English, Grammar and ESP Professor for undergraduate and graduate students at the Linguistics Department and ELT Master at UPEL-Maturin since 2008, and has organized institutional events for ELT. Department coordinator for Community Service at UPEL-Maturin since 2012, and she has worked with community service projects ever since promoting English Teaching for children. Reina participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program in 2011 and has delivered different
lectures regarding ELT with VenTESOL and other organizations.
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