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M. A. Program
    Morgan_Bychowski
Morgan Bychowski
Morgan was born and raised in Richmond, VA and received her B.A. in English from Virginia Tech in 2014.  During her undergraduate studies, Morgan interned in San Sebastian, Spain where she taught English to children, college students, and adults. This internship experience inspired her to continue teaching English in the Blacksburg community through extensive work with international families.  In her free time, Morgan enjoys reading, baking, and most of all traveling.  Morgan is pursuing a Masters with licensure and is interested in teaching in her home state of Virginia after graduation.
    Ethan_Davis
Ethan Davis
Ethan was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina and is pursuing an M.A. with licensure. He received his B.A. in English Teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 2015. He started his undergraduate work in 2008, but took two years off to do volunteer work in Oaxaca, Mexico. During his time as a student teacher and substitute in Utah, he was able to work closely with many English Language Learners, which got him interested in teaching ESL. He loves music, graphic novels, and travelling with his wife. After graduation, he plans to teach in South Asia for about a year, after which time he would love to settle down somewhere in Virginia and teach in a public school.
    Monica_Galeano
Monica Galeano
Monica, a native of Paraguay, holds a B.A. in English and a Degree in Law from the National University of Asunción, Paraguay. She is an experienced English teacher, a licensed attorney at law, and a public translator. In 2002, she was appointed Spanish Assistant by the British Board of Education at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, United Kingdom and in 2015, she was awarded the Fulbright scholarship. Monica loves animals and is part of animal advocacy organizations in her home country. Upon graduating from VT, she wants to return to Paraguay to work in the public education system. Monica is fluent in Guarani (the official indigenous language of Paraguay), and has a B1 level in French (DELF).  Her current research interests include linguistics and multicultural multilingual education.
    Danielle_Langberg
Danielle Langberg
Danielle has a B.A. in English and French and an M.A. in English from Louisiana Tech and is currently pursuing her M.S. with licensure. After graduation, Danielle hopes to teach PreK-12 in Montgomery County, Roanoke City, or another nearby area.  Danielle has two young daughters and when she is not studying or teaching, Danielle spends time with and caring for her family. Danielle also enjoys expressing her creativity through the arts of poetry, crochet, sketching, and cooking, some of which she has had the opportunity to share with students while participating in service learning activities with the program.
    Arabella_Myers
Arabella Myers
Arabella enjoys traveling, hiking, painting, spending time with family and friends, and singing. She loves cats and has a kitten named Khumba, which means skin. Arabella comes from Winchester, Virginia, but has lived all over the Shenandoah/Loudoun areas. Her father and family live in Oregon now, so she enjoys the West Coast life as often as possible. Arabella attended boarding school and studied at Virginia Tech as an undergraduate. The community and environment at VT is one of the reasons she chose to continue her studies here for graduate school. She has a B.A. in Spanish, with French and Sociology minors. She loves kids and hopes to travel to a South American country to teach English to young children after graduation.
    Laura_Patton
Laura Patton
Growing up outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Laura grew to love running, skiing, and hiking.  When she came to Virginia Tech, she chose to study Human Development because of her genuine care for people, specifically children. As an undergraduate student, she took advantage of service opportunities, including weekly international student events and becoming a language partner. Teaching English to children in Spain and in fourth grade back in the U.S. led her to pursue her M.A. in ESL with licensure. In the future, Laura looks forward to teaching elementary-aged children and continuing to learn as she explores new cultures and languages.
    Peter_Smith
Peter J. Smith
Pete was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. From a young age, he has had a strong interest in music which ultimately inspired him to earn his B.A. in Music Technology and Media Production from Virginia Tech in 2012. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Pete spent two years teaching English and playing music in South Korea.  It was during this time that he developed a passion for teaching and decided to return to Blacksburg, VA to further his education.  After earning his masters, Pete hopes to teach stateside for a while before eventually returning to Southeast Asia.
    Rachel_Stahle
Rachel Stahle
Rachel grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and earned her B.A. in Spanish and Psychology at Virginia Tech.  She is pursuing the M.A. with licensure and is excited to enter into the teaching profession.  She enjoys being outside, especially in the mountains, and traveling to other pretty places.  She loves working with kids and is excited to be working with a diverse group of students and seeing them learn and grow.  She is planning to teach in Northern Virginia after graduation, but has also considered teaching in China as an option as well.
    Nhien_Ruby_Tran
Nhien Ruby Tran
Ruby, an international student from Vietnam, received her B.S. in Human Development from Virginia Tech in 2012. Shaped by a regional culture in which the importance of education is emphasized, Ruby would like to contribute to the development of Vietnamese education for the next generation. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, singing, spending time with family and friends, anything pink and floral, and collecting Hello Kitty items. After completing her M.A. with licensure, Ruby would like to find employment related to ESL and multicultural education in the U.S. in order to enhance her experiences in the field before returning to Vietnam to teach at an international school or university.

 

Other M.A. students

  • Margaret Brogan
  • Andrea Bustos
  • Qing Dong
  • Megan Faulring
  • Allison Gray

ESL Endorsement

    Dawn_Custalow
Dawn Custalow
Dawn was born in Richmond, VA and is an American Indian from the Mattaponi tribe in King William County, VA. She holds a B.A. in Spanish/Secondary Ed from Bridgewater College, a MAEd. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, and is currently pursuing endorsement in ESL. She lived in Prague for twelve years and taught EFL as well as cultural communications and leadership courses at University of New York in Prague and Anglo American University in Prague for ten years. She enjoys reading, biking, traveling, and spending time with her two sons. She currently teaches Spanish for Roanoke City Public Schools and hopes to work as an ESL teacher in the district upon completion of the program.

 

PhD. Program

   

Dyanis_Popova

Dyanis Popova

Dyanis is currently the University Supervisor and Graduate Teaching Assistant of the ESL and Multicultural Education program. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Dyanis received her B. A. in International Studies, with minors in French and Spanish, and her M.A.Ed. in ESL, both from Virginia Tech. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, cooking, herbalism, learning about flora and fauna, and learning about different cultures. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, language and power, social justice in education, and the intersections of culture with power and privilege. After graduation she plans to continue her research and her work with preservice teachers as a member of the professoriate.

 

   

Melissa_Rose-McCully

Melissa Rose-McCully

Melissa is an avid puzzler and cupcake chef who enjoys singing loudly, as long as no one is listening.  Melissa is from Falls Church City, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.  After teaching for a few years in Northern Virginia, she joined the Peace Corps where she spent three years in Nicaragua as an Environmental Education and Teacher Training Volunteer.  She is currently a Graduate Assistant at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute. Melissa is interested in working with pre-service teachers after she graduates.

 

   

Pamela_Smart-Smith

Pamela Smart-Smith

 Pamela is the Assistant Director of Academics at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute. Fluent in Spanish, she spent sixteen of the first eighteen years of her life outside the United States. She enjoys travel, spending time with friends and family, and cooking. She received her M.P.A. from Old Dominion University, her M.A.Ed. from Virginia Tech, and also holds CELTA certification. She seeks ways to provide support to ESL students and to also help educate future and current teachers on working with these students. Her research focuses on critical pedagogy, cross-cultural issues, and teacher education. After graduation she intends to continue working in the field of ESL.

 

   

Ann_Shepherd

Ann Shepherd

Ann received her B.A. in English and a MALS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hollins University.  She is currently teaching English in a high poverty middle school in Richmond, VA and hopes to work in a university setting after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys biking, travel, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Other PhD. students

  • Rong Chang
  • Andrea Motto
  • Ray Plaza
  • Rebecca Raab

See Plan of Study (POS) for MA with licensure here.

See Plan of Study (POS) for MA without licensure here.

1. Course Justification Request Form: If you took graduate courses more than five years ago and wish to justify listing them on your POS form to use toward your MAEd, you must submit a Course Justification Request form. You will also need to have all three committee members sign this form prior to submitting it with your Vitae to the Graduate School.

2Change to Plan of Study Form:  When you and your advisor review the POS form, you estimated when you will take certain required courses. You may have taken courses at different times than are listed on the POS; this does NOT indicate the need for submitting a Change of Plan of Study form. This form is required only if you have substituted one course for another or if you have not taken every course listed on the original POS form you submitted to the Graduate School. In those cases, you need to submit the Change of Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by March 1, or the last day before Spring Break. This form also requires the signatures of your committee members.

3Electronic Portfolio: The electronic portfolio serves as a final exam for the MAEd program. You begin to work on this portfolio during the first semester of the methods class, EDCI 5724: Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools I, and you finish it during the semester you take the second semester of the course, EDCI 5744. The goals and format for the portfolio are presented during class, but the actual production of the portfolio will be accomplished independently outside of class. The first part of the portfolio will be due as a final exam for the first semester of the methods class; the final portfolio will be due at the end of the second semester, and will serve as both the final exam for the class and for the degree.

4Applying for Degree Form:  By March 1, you must submit this form electronically to the Graduate School. If all your paperwork is not submitted on time, your name will not be listed in the graduation program, and/or your graduation may be delayed. If you still have one or two courses to take in the summer, you will still be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony, although your diploma will not be mailed and your graduation will not be official until your last required course is completed. The same deadlines apply even if you will not receive your diploma in May but you wish to walk in the ceremony.

5. Request to Take Final Exam Form: Since this is your final exam for the MAEd program, you must submit the form three weeks prior to your scheduled exam date. Turn it in to Ms. Nancy Nolen in order to be sure to have your card to admit you to the exam in a timely manner.

Expectations for Graduate Study

SOE Graduate Requirements and Procedures

Final-Semester Enrollment, Commencement Deadlines and Completion Guidelines

All forms can be obtained through the Office of Academic Programs.

General information:

Name of program: English as a Second Language & Multicultural Education

Licensure Area: Teaching

Names of faculty members:

  • Dr. Gresilda A. Tilley-Lubbs, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

Department of Teaching and Learning Doctoral Student Handbook

See Plan of Study (POS) for PhD here.

1. Course Justification Request Form: If you took graduate courses more than five years ago and wish to justify listing them on your POS form to use toward your PhD, you must submit a Course Justification Request form. You will also need to have all three committee members sign this form prior to submitting it with your Vitae to the Graduate School.

2Change to Plan of Study Form:  When you and your advisor review the POS form, you estimated when you will take certain required courses. You may have taken courses at different times than are listed on the POS; this does NOT indicate the need for submitting a Change of Plan of Study form. This form is required only if you have substituted one course for another or if you have not taken every course listed on the original POS form you submitted to the Graduate School. In those cases, you need to submit the Change of Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by March 1, or the last day before Spring Break. This form also requires the signatures of your committee members.

Degree Completion and Commencement

SOE Graduate Requirements and Procedures

Expectations for Graduate Study

Final-Semester Enrollment, Commencement Deadlines and Completion Guidelines

All forms can be obtained through the Office of Academic Programs.

General information:

Name of program: English as a Second Language & Multicultural Education

Licensure Area: Teaching

Names of faculty members:

  • Dr. Gresilda A. Tilley-Lubbs, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

See State requirements for endorsement here.

Commonwealth Campus Status

All forms can be obtained through the Office of Academic Programs.

General information:

Name of program: English as a Second Language & Multicultural Education

Licensure Area: Teaching

Names of faculty members:

  • Dr. Gresilda A. Tilley-Lubbs, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

Please contact Dr. Tilley-Lubbs at glubbs@vt.edu for any additional information.