E-Teacher Faculty & Staff

Joan Kang Shin, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Education Department
Director, TESOL Professional Training
E-Teacher Program Coordinator

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is the Director of TESOL Professional Training Programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). In this position at UMBC she administers, in consortium with the University Oregon, the U.S. Department of State's E-Teacher Scholarship Program, a fully online teacher training program for EFL teachers around the world. At UMBC, Dr. Shin is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Education and Project Director of the STEP T for ELLs Program (Secondary Teacher Education and Professional Training for English Language Learners) funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, Dr. Shin keeps herself busy as an English Language Specialist for the Office of English Language Programs (OELP) in the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) and has conducted EFL teacher training in countries around the world, including Russia, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, and Peru. She has also trained teachers through digital videoconferencing at the USDOS in Washington, DC with groups of teachers in India, Cuba, Taiwan, and Sudan.

Teresa Valais

E-Teacher Summer Program Coordinator
Methods Instructor

Teresa Valais is the Academic Coordinator for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) online TESOL teacher training programs, which includes the Department of State’s E-Teacher Scholarship Program, a fully online teacher training program for EFL teachers around the world. In her work with the E-Teacher Program, she co-developed the E-Teacher Methods I course and enjoys working as lead instructor. She also manages the UMBC E-Teacher Scholarship Professional Development Summer Workshop, a three week elite scholar program held each summer on the UMBC campus. As an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, Office of English Language Programs, (OELP) she specializes in ESP and best practices for TESOL in the following areas: Methods, Instructional Strategies using Integrated Skills, Project-based Learning, Classroom Management, and Learning Styles and Effective Strategies for Autonomous Learning. Prior to her work with the E-Teacher Scholarship Program, she worked as lead instructor for the UMBC English Language Institute TESOL Training Course. Ms. Valais worked as curriculum developer and instructor for the UMBC sponsored Baltimore City Public Schools International Teacher Training Program and she directed the UMBC Graduate Student International Teaching Assistant Assessment and Training Program. As an English language instructor for the UMBC English Language Institute, she enjoyed working with ESL students from across the globe in three diverse programs: Intensive English Program, Instructional Credit Program, and Professional Development Program. Her MA TESOL is from the Notre Dame of Maryland University, and she is currently enrolled in the UMBC Online Instructional Design and Distance Education certificate program.

Adriana Val

E-Teacher Technical Coordinator

Adriana Val is the Technology Coordinator of the E-Teacher Scholarship program, a fully online teacher training program for EFL teachers sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Val is also a Spanish instructor for the Modern Languages Linguistics and Intercultural Communications Department at UMBC. In addition to an M.A. in Intercultural Communication and Instructional Design from UMBC, Ms. Val is working on a PhD. She is currently studying at UMBC Language Literacy and Culture PhD Program. Originally from Argentina, where she obtained her first degree as Profesora de Historia, Ms. Val has been involved in education since 1975. Her research interests are technology applied to education and bilingualism-language identity of heritage Spanish speakers in Higher Education. She is also a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages in America at the Center for Applied Linguistics.




participant 1Faisal, Jordan
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