August 6, 2014

Staff

 

 

Jaehan Park, Center Director

A native of South Korea, Jaehan Park taught English in Korea, Mongolia, and the United States. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ESL Education from Indiana University. Before joining INTERLINK, he coordinated ESL teacher education programs at Indiana University and directed the Academic Integration/ESL Program at Penn State University. As a scholar, he wrote academic journal articles and a book on teaching ESL and teacher education. Jaehan loves working with students from around the world and learning about their life experiences and cultures. 

Jennifer Shelton, Senior Academic Coordinator

After earning an M.A. in Intercultural Studies and TESOL from Wheaton College and spending a decade in China, Jennifer returned to the States and joined INTERLINK in 2011. As an INTERLINK instructor, she was able to expand her experience to working with students from many different countries as well as using an experiential and project-based approach to English language learning. She now serves as INTERLINK’s Senior Academic Coordinator facilitating INTERLINK’s Curriculum Task Force and providing support for teaching teams across INTERLINK’s six centers.

Donna Huchel, Administrative Assistant

Donna joined the INTERLINK staff in May of 2014. Her previous experience with health insurance companies and billing software programs has been helpful for her in handling INTERLINK finances and assisting students in understanding their health care benefits. She appreciates the attitudes the students have toward learning about American culture and the English language, and she enjoys the opportunity to be part of helping them to succeed.

Will Abercrombie, Instructor

Will began teaching at INTERLINK in January of 2014, after finishing his MA in Intercultural Studies and TESOL from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Will’s passion for teaching English began during his undergraduate years in Auburn, Alabama, where he worked as a volunteer Adult ESL teacher to immigrants and international students from Latin America and Asia. After graduating with a BA in Psychology from Auburn University, Will moved to China to teach college-level English for 1 year. Returning to Auburn in 2011, Will continued teaching English in a variety of other contexts including workforce ESL to Korean Engineers, online tutoring to students in Korea, as well as volunteer work in IEP and Adult ESL settings. In the summer of 2013, Will traveled back to China, but this time to conduct teacher training to Chinese junior middle school English teachers.

Lisa Stodder, Instructor

Lisa has been an instructor at INTERLINK since 2007. A native of Chicago, she has an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a writer and assistant editor for internal publications, and an MA in TESOL from Valparaiso University. Prior to that she taught English to adult ESL learners and TOEFL prep classes to college-bound students. Travel has taught her a lot. She was fortunate to be a frequent visitor to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as spend time in an intensive language program in the South of France. These experiences, among others, have shaped her outlook on life and influenced how she teaches in the classroom. At INTERLINK she appreciates the student diversity and the flexibility to experiment with a variety of approaches and methods.

Chris Phillips, Instructor

Chris has been an instructor at INTERLINK Language Center at Valparaiso University since 2008. She has a BA in English and Psychology, an MA in English Studies and Communication, and an MA in TESOL, all from Valparaiso University. Chris was raised bilingual which led to her being interested in other languages. She has also always enjoyed learning more about other cultures.

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