Your 2023 Committee
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Helen Moore AM
Siyang (Sia) Tang
Convenor, Membership Working Party
Social Media Editor
Pattharanit (Bee Bee) Pannuan
Helen Moore, AM, PhD, is a “retired” (!) teacher educator, who set up the first full professional TESOL teacher education program at La Trobe University (Melbourne) in the late 1970s. She was also Acting Director of the La Trobe Language Centre (1991-93), which included AMEP and ELICOS students. She has taught in Papua-New Guinea, England, Holland, China and Australia. Her 2004 doctoral thesis from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Toronto, analysed policies impacting on English language teaching in Australian schools from 1948 to 1996. Returning to Australia in 2004, she worked for the AMEP Research Centre on two projects (continuous enrolment and provision for refugee youth with minimal/no previous schooling). She has played a major advocacy role through the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA). She is currently ACTA Vice-President, co-chairs the ACTA Consultancy Group on EAL/D for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander English language learners, is a member of the ACTA Adult ESOL Consultancy group, and represents ACTA on the Foundation Skills Advisory Committee to the Dept. of Education & Workplace Relations. Her other passion is music.
Patrick Kelly says: “I have over 30 years’ experience in the areas of teaching and student diversity. I have worked as a primary and secondary school teacher, special educator, an advisor around students with diverse needs, including those students for whom English is an additional language or dialect, and as a Curriculum and Assessment Specialist – Student Diversity for ACARA. In 2023 I returned to the classroom as an Inclusive Education Teacher at St Mary MacKillop College. I am passionate about ensuring that our students’ diverse backgrounds, identities, abilities, and interests are not barriers to them accessing a meaningful education experience.”
Siyang (Sia) Tang. Sia says “I am currently a Master’s student majoring in TESOL at UC. I have a comprehensive academic background in business, marketing, information systems, and education. I have worked in marketing and communication, system support, student recruitment, student service, and administration for tertiary education institutions. I believe in the power of language as I believe ‘Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going’“.
Janica Morella says: “I was born in Malta but moved to Australia when I was 2. Maybe it’s because of this huge move that I love to travel and have always been inspired by different cultures and languages. I qualified in teaching English in Spain through the University of Cambridge in Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CERT TESOL). I loved teaching English in Belgium and Japan to students ranging from 2 to 72 years old! In Canberra, I now teach English to primary school students who are either new arrivals to Australia or who have other languages/dialects at home and need help. I joined the ATESOL ACT Committee in 2019. It’s been a wonderful way to network with other EALD teachers and to update my skills through professional learning opportunities s. I hope to begin studying my Masters in this area soon.
Convenor, Membership Working Party
Sarah Warren says: “I’m a primary school educator in the ACT Public Education Directorate. I have worked in a variety of different school settings throughout the ACT in between overseas postings. Currently I teach a year 1 mainstream class at Kingsford Smith School. We have an amazing diversity of home languages and cultures. My involvement as a member of ATESOL ACT is central to my professional learning and development. The expertise, advocation and excellent opportunities assist my everyday teaching. I am proud to be a member of such a dynamic association.”
Bronwyn Singh (Dip. Teaching, B Ed., Grad. Dip. TESOL) is currently teaching in an ACT Government Primary Introductory English Centre. Canberra born and bred, Bronwyn began her teaching career in the United Arab Emirates in primary schools operating in English medium. TESOL Arabia conferences initiated her into the TESOL world and prompted a strong desire to learn more about the field. Back in Australia, Bronwyn joined the staff at a new arrivals Intensive English Centre. She has contributed to the ATESOL ACT Committee since 2013 and is now its Immediate Past President. Bronwyn is a Stage 2 nominee for a National Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Australian Scholarships Group.
Heather White says: “I have a long-standing interest in working with people from other cultures, particularly refugees, migrants and Indigenous Australians. Originally a secondary school teacher, I initially studied TESOL as a result of working with refugees from Vietnam in the early 1980s. I moved to the adult sector working in the community, in the AMEP, and in the Australian Public Service, in Australia and overseas and focusing on English language and cross-cultural issues. I also undertook a Masters in Adult Education and Training. Most recently I managed the AMEP in Canberra until I retired from paid work in mid 2019. I believe that ATESOL ACT provides an important opportunity to make a difference in our field.”
Lis O’Daly began her teaching career as a high school Music and French teacher. Her interest in TESOL took off after a year as English Assistant at a school in France. Eager to travel and teach, she completed the CELTA course and then spent several years teaching adult ESL in London, Sydney and Istanbul. She completed a Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) at Macquarie University in 1997, and then spent two years in China running ESL programs for prospective TAFE students. She returned to the UK in 2000 and became TESOL Team Leader at Carshalton College, London, working predominantly with refugees and asylum seekers. She was also an IELTS examiner at Bath University. Since moving to Canberra in 2003, Lis has taught in the AMEP at CIT and Navitas, and also at the University of Canberra. She is currently teaching at the Secondary Introductory English Centre at Dickson College.
Yanni Xiao (Master of Education, Master of Early Childhood Teaching, Graduate Diploma of TESOL, Bachelor of Business) is currently working as a trainer, teaching in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at Navitas. She is also a preschool teacher and primary school Chinese teacher in independent schools. After 4 years working experience in the Business field in China, Yanni found her passion in teaching, so she came to Australia for study and career change. Yanni enjoys working with children and migrants.
Humera Khan (MA English – Linguistics and Literature; Grad. Cert. -Educational Leadership; Grad. Cert. TEAL; Diploma in TESOL; Cert IV Mental Health; Dual Diploma TAE50216 Training Design and Development and TAE501166 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training; TAE v4). Humera is currently pursuing a Master of Education (Leadership and Learning) PhD Pathway. Qualified and dedicated TEFL/EAL/ESL teacher, and Trainer and Assessor, she is passionate about education leadership and in her motivation to pursue a career in Training and Development. Her experience includes more than 10 years of developing and delivering training materials for English Language programs, including for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), and the Certificates in Spoken and Written English (CSWE), and for Mental Health courses in collaboration with RTOs and TAFE institutes in Victoria (Melbourne Polytechnic, Chisholm Institute, Swinburne TAFE, AMES Australia) and in the ACT (Navitas Skilled Futures and CIT).
Margo Smith says: “I started professional life as bank accountant and then studied Nursing. Continuing into teacher education, I studied at Signadou Catholic University (Canberra) and then Charles Darwin University (CDU). My first teaching position was at Maningrida in remote North-East Arnhem Land. To experience learning a new language, I spent 6 weeks at the Universitas Nusa Cendana in Kupang, Timor, studying Bahasa Indonesia. Following Maningrida, I moved back to Canberra and completed a B. Ed. at Canberra University. My interest in health continued, so I also undertook a Master of Indigenous Health at Wollongong University. I worked as an Enrolled Nurse and as a casual teacher in both Catholic & ACT Directorate schools, and then at the Australian Centre for Languages in Sydney. I returned to Maningrida as an Outstation teacher, then worked in several Arnhem Land communities, studied for a Master of Applied Linguistics, moved to Darwin, taught at Darwin High School in the Intensive English Unit, then returned as a Teacher Linguist to Maningrida, also the Tiwi Islands, then lectured at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Education and taught in the AMEP at CDU. My final Top End job was as Careers Advisor at St John’s Catholic College, Darwin, consolidating connections between St John’s and Batchelor Institute. I’ve always felt my most valuable learning was with my Indigenous colleagues and the community members in the NT. Back in Canberra, I taught in the AMEP with Navitas and am now at St Clare of Assisi Catholic Primary School teaching Bahasa Indonesia (K-6), as well working with AMEP students on Saturday mornings.