Chris Dunsmore, Director
* M.A., TESOL, Michigan State University
* B.A., English, Michigan State University
Chris Dunsmore is the Director of Programs in English as a Second Language at UNL. He earned a B.A. in English and M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Michigan State University and taught for several years in the Republic of Korea for various institutions including Samsung, Hyundai, LG, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Graduate School of Management (KAIST- KGSM). He also served as Director of the English Language Institute at Central Michigan University for nine years prior to joining UNL in July of 2013.
Sharon Frederick, Administrative Assistant
Sharon has been working for the University of Nebraska- Lincoln for over 18 years. She has been a vital part of PIESL for 5 of those long years and no one here can get along without her! Sharon is married, with 2 children and 9 grandchildren. She spends her free time attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and making crafts with her husband to sell at fairs around the state.
Barb Fuller, Part-Time Staff Assistant
Barb has worked for UNL for the past 18 years and has eight years of experience working with international students in the Admissions Office. Barb is married and has two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Her grandchildren are the delights of her life! She attends their many activities as often as she can. She also enjoys quilting, reading, traveling, cooking, decorating, and spending time with family.
Julie Abo, Lecturer
* M.A., Teaching, University of Puget Sound
* B.A., English, Whitman College
Julie has taught English (composition and literature), English for the International Baccalaureate, English as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language for students ages 9 through 50 in Japan, Switzerland and in the United States (Washington, California and Illinois). Currently, she is a part time lecturer in the Intensive English Program at UNL. She has two daughters, Maya and Aiko. Her professional interests include multilingual tutoring for young students and teaching composition. She enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, camping, traveling and most recently, dancing Mexican ballet folklorico with her husband and daughters.
John Andrews, Lecturer
*M. Ed, Educational Administration, Grand Canyon University-Phoenix
*B.S. Ed, Secondary Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
John has been teaching in the I.E.P. since 2011. He became interested in teaching ESL when he took graduate courses in ESL at the University of Nebraska. John also received training in teaching ESL as an educator in Arizona, where he also taught language development to students on the Navajo Nation. Upon returning to Nebraska, he taught English to immigrants and refugees at the Center for People in Need. John has taught all courses offered in the IEP from the Basic level to the Advanced level. What he likes most about teaching in the IEP is creating student-teacher relationships because those relationships energize him. He also gets to learn about the diverse cultures of his students. If you, or someone you know, are considering becoming a part of our program he wants you to know that we value our students, not just academically, but also as unique individuals. We will do what is necessary to help you succeed.
Jean Arnold, Lecturer
*DELTA, Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, Cambridge
*M.A., Linguistics, Arizona State University
*B.A., Spanish and German, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jean has taught courses ranging from literacy in ESL to qualitative research methodology and presently enjoys teaching all skills in UNL's Intensive English Program. When not at work, you might find Jean in the swimming pool at Campus Rec, or biking around town, studying Spanish, cooking a delicious macrobiotic dish.
Natalie Baskin, Lecturer
Crystal Bock Thiessen, Lecturer
*M.A., TESL, University of Central Missouri
*B.A., Photography and Spanish
Crystal Bock Thiessen graduated with Bachelor's degrees in both Photography and Spanish, and received her Masters in TESL from the University of Central Missouri, USA where she eventually worked with the Intensive English Program (IEP) for a year and a half. She taught EFL in Sapporo, Japan for three years, and in Lugansk, Ukraine for one as an English Language Fellow. She has worked recently as a U.S. Department of State English Language Specialist in Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Moldova, focusing on novice EFL teacher training and Peace Corps team teaching training. Currently as an instructor in the IEP, she especially enjoys American Culture and technology for language learning as professional interests. Besides teaching, she is a professional photographer specializing in weddings and travel photography and, combined with her love of travel, has photographed and visited 40 countries and 26 U.S. states.
Ann Bouma, Lecturer
*M.S., Reading, University of Southern Mississippi
*B.S., Education, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Ann has worked as an educator in Nebraska for nearly thirty years. She has done research in spelling acquisition and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing in the bell choir at her church. Ann also makes volunteer work a large part of her life and has worked with a variety of service and support groups here in the Lincoln community
Lucilei Brigido Hattan, Lecturer
*M.A., Literacy, Language and Culture, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
*B.A., Portuguese, English and Literature, FESB- Faculdade de Ciências e Letras de Bragança Paulista- Brazil
Andrew Burdic, Lecturer
*B.A. English – Writing and Linguistics Concentration, TESOL Certificate, University of Nebraska at Omaha
*M.A. Library and Information Science, University of Missouri, Columbia.
Andrew was born in Vancouver, Canada, but his family is originally from Nebraska. Because of this, he is a citizen of both the United States, and Canada. Before coming to UNL, he taught at Metropolitan Community College, College of Saint Mary, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Currently he is studying ears and hearing systems, in the hope of becoming an audiologist.
Brooke David, Lecturer
*M.A., Literacy and Language, Boston University
*B.S., Secondary Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Brooke is originally from Lincoln. She recently moved back to Lincoln from
Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and her 15-month old son. Brooke likes to spend time with her friends and family, read, go hiking, be active outside, cook, and try new restaurants. Mainly, she spends her free time running after her 15-month old son and taking him to the library, Children's Museum, and zoo.
Kyle Detke, Lecturer
Robert Doxtator, Lecturer
Sophia Dunsmore, Lecturer
Rhonda Dutra Gross, Lecturer*M.A., Second Language Acquisition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
*B.A., Psychology, Morningside College
Rhonda Dutra Gross has been an ESL teacher for 17 years in a variety of settings. She has lived and taught in Brazil and China. She has a master’s in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and a bachelor’s in Psychology from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.Top
Cathy Gabell, Lecturer
Michelle Gadbois, Lecturer
Jane Hanson, Lecturer
* Ph.D., Foreign Language and ESL Education, University of Iowa
*M.S. Housing and Design, Oklahoma State University
* B.A. TCD, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Jane Hanson teaches the IEP and CESL grad and undergrad courses for PIESL, as well as Linguistics and Society for the Department of English. In addition to teaching, Jane also served three years as the adviser for the IEP program. She has taught ESL Acquisition for TLTE and is teaching Reading Methods for the Indigenous Roots program. Jane has also taught in the bilingual endorsement program in Teacher Education at UNO and has worked as a coordinator for Lincoln Literacy Council. She specializes in second language reading and computer-assisted language learning. Her research areas include second language teaching culture and the effects of second language learning on brain development. She is the author of peer-reviewed articles and sits on the review board for two academic journals. She has an extensive journalistic background, which includes ongoing contributions to the Prairie Fire Newspaper and The China Daily in Beijing. She is a member of the Fulbright ESL Review Committee and a National Trustee on the Mensa Education Research Foundation. She speaks Spanish and Mandarin.
Emily Herrick, Lecturer
* M.A., TESL, Northern Arizona University
* M.A., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Emily has taught at UNL for 15 years. Idioms and American Culture are professional interests. Emily serves as the Textbook Coordinator for PIESL and is a regular lecturer in the Institute for International Teaching Assistants. She is listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and she has several publications to her name as well as overseas experience in Costa Rica and the Philippines. Emily has one daughter, and she likes to garden, bike, read, travel, camp, watch movies, and volunteer in the community.
Brenda Ingraham, Lecturer, IEP Adviser
* M.Ed., Linguistics & Language Disabilities, Loyola University of Maryland
* B.S., University of Virginia Charlottesville
Brenda has been teaching at UNL for over 25 years. Professional interests include language acquisition and use as well as the ways in which creative forms of expression such as poetry and music can facilitate language use. In addition to spending her time with the Learning Disabilities Project at UNL and PIESL, Brenda has published and presented widely, including a recent presentation in Hong Kong. A grandmother with three grown children and four grandchildren, Brenda enjoys listening to classical and indigenous folk music, playing piano, cooking, gardening, reading, and writing poetry. Brenda, currently serves the IEP as our academic advisor and is pleased to help facilitate students' adjustments to their English language studies and campus life here at UNL.
Julia Lauer-Cheenne, Lecturer
Tim Janda, Lecturer
* M.A., TESOL, University of Arizona
* B.A., University Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Tim has been at UNL since 1993. Areas of professional interest include composition/rhetoric and the Institute for International Teaching Assistants, for which he is a regular lecturer. He has multiple publications, including a chapter in Virtual Connections. He taught for the Asociación Cultural Hispano-Norte Americano in Spain for several years before joining the PIESL faculty. Tim has two children, and in his free time he enjoys creating graphic art and music, gardening, and many outdoor sports.
Andrew Kosmicki, Lecturer
Ahn Le, Lecturer
Laurel McClelland, Lecturer
Nikki Menard, Lecturer
*M.A., American Indian Studies, University of Arizona Tucson
*B.A., English and secondary Teaching Certificate, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nikki Menard is Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She is married and has two smart and beautiful teenage daughters, Zoe and Luta. Nikki loves fibers, so she spins and knits a lot! Reading is a favorite activity and she plays the piano and flute. Nikki graduated from high school at the International School of Brussels in Brussels, Belgium. She has traveled to over ten countries and did her student teaching in New Zealand.
Jane Miller, Lecturer
*Ph.D. candidate, Education - Second Language Acquisition, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
*M.A., Education - Second Language Acquisition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
*A.B., Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago
Jane has been teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in Nebraska, California, and South Korea for over 20 years and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Education specializing in Second Language Acquisition. The classes she has taught include Intensive ESL courses, ESL Acquisition, ELL Methods, ELL Practicum, Linguistics for the Classroom Teacher, Multicultural Education, Schools and Society, Education in a Pluralistic Society, English Literature, Freshman Writing Seminar, Business Writing, and Elementary Spanish. In addition, she has taught numerous education classes for UNL's Indigenous Roots Program.
Beyond teaching, she has co-authored over 20 books and workbooks designed to help students improve multicultural awareness for students in small rural schools, and to broaden International students' education experiences in the United States.
Her current academic area of interest include studying linguistic, cognitive, and cultural barriers to language acquisition. She also enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies, visiting museums, baking, and complaining about the cold Nebraskan winters.
Carol Ochsner, Lecturer
* M.A., English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
* B.S., English Education, University of South Dakota
Carol began teaching at UNL in 1989. Areas of professional interest include ESL in Higher Education, IEP program and curriculum development, workplace literacy, and academic language development. She is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and serves on the Fulbright National Review Committee. Carol has several conference presentations in the U. S. and Canada to her name, and she has represented the program in several Asian and South American countries. In addition to teaching, she enjoys cross-country skiing, fly fishing, gardening, reading, and geocaching.
Don Pearston, Lecturer
*M.A.,TESOL, California State University- Los Angeles
*B.A., Business Administration, Point-Loma Nazarene College
Don has been an ESL and/or software instructor since 1993. He taught overseas in South Korea, Dubai, and the Czech Republic. During that time, he traveled to over 25 different countries. After nearly seven years teaching overseas, he settled in Lincoln. His professional interests include computer assisted language learning (CALL) and computer software in business. He enjoys gardening and spending time with his son.
Suzanne Plass, Lecturer
Suzy Prenger, Lecturer
Dawn Rammaha, Lecturer
* M.A., Applied Linguistics (TESL), Indiana University
* B.A., Spanish, Kent State University
Dawn has taught ESL for more than 20 years, including 11 years as an intensive English program adminisitrator. Professional interests include Comparative Linguistics, Phonology, Anthropological Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition. She especially enjoys teaching grammar and phonology. Dawn is an animal lover and advocate for saving endangered wildlife. She enjoys traveling, flower gardening, drawing & oil painting, listening to American & ethnic music, and spending time with family and her own "zoo" of five cats.
Brain Stark, Lecturer
Stacie Swinehart, Lecturer
* M.A., French, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
* B.A., English & French Education, South Dakota State University
Stacie started teaching at UNL in the Department of Modern Languages & Literature in 1992; she's been with PIESL since 1997, and she lists language acquisition, American culture, and reading comprehension among her areas of professional interest. Married to an English teacher with Lincoln Public Schools, Stacie is also the mother of two beautiful young daughters. In whatever spare time she can find, Stacie likes to read, listen to music, attend cultural activities, antique, and learn other languages.
Steve Swinehart, Lecturer
* ESL: Endorsement/Certification K-12 State of Nebraska, 1996
* MA: English/Linguistics, South Dakota State University, 1991
* BA: Philosophy/English, University of North Texas, 1986
Steve has been with the PIESL Department since 1992. For more than a decade, he has been acting Coordinator for the Japanese Summer Program, Senshu Matsudo High School. He’s also coordinated for universities and high schools in Taiwan and Mexico. He has taught TOEFL Prep and other courses, has been an invited presenter to teacher education classes at UNL, attended conferences, and has been published in academic journals. Moreover, Steve has taught ESL/ELL in middle and high schools in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. For eight years, he served as Department Chair of the ESL/ELL program at Lincoln East High School. He currently teaches Composition and Literature classes at Lincoln East High. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, cycling on the Mo-Pac trail, writing, and playing in a local jazz quartet.
Tom Umland, Lecturer
Nasako Weires-Madsen, Lecturer
- Chris Dunsmore
- Juliee Crocker
- Sharon Frederick
- Barb Fuller
- Julie Abo
- John Andrews
- Jean Arnold
- Natalie Baskin
- Crystal Bock Thiessen
- Ann Bouma
- Lucilei Brigido Hattan
- Andrew Burdic
- Brooke David
- Kyle Detke
- Robert Doxtator
- Sophia Dunsmore
- Rhonda Dutra Gross
- Jill Fox
- Cathy Gabell
- Michelle Gadbois
- Jane Hanson
- Emily Herrick
- Brenda Ingraham
- Tim Janda
- Andrew Kosmicki
- Julia Lauer-Cheenne
- Ahn Le
- Laurel McClelland
- Nikki Menard
- Jane Miller
- Carol Oschner
- Don Pearston
- Suzanne Plass
- Suzy Prenger
- Dawn Rammaha
- Brain Stark
- Stacie Swinehart
- Steve Swinehart
- Tom Umland
- Nasako Weires-Madsen