The Student Experience

Online MA TESOL Program

MeganWorkmanMegan Workman

"My foundational interest in the field of TESOL is a passion for uniting communities and broadening the individual’s communicative capabilities. I am particularly interested in exploring the connections between language, culture, and identity; the role of the arts in language education; and the impact of a learner’s home environment on her/his competency level of language acquisition. I chose to pursue my MA-TESOL through USF’s online program primarily because their social justice approach to education and the flexibility online courses provide." — Megan Workman


ryan_jJames Ryan

"I had always wanted to teach. When I retired, I became a volunteer for the local library tutoring adult literacy. I enjoyed that very much and wanted to increase my skills teaching English to non native speakers. I enrolled in a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate course through the School for International Training. After a couple of years of teaching I realized that I wanted to take my education to the next level. I had received a bachelors degree from USF years earlier and checked out USF’s MATESOL program. I was impressed that they offered the course with a concentration in digital technology, and the course was on line. I was also impressed by the Jesuit commitment to education. I think this program broadens my base and positions me well at the front for a career in teaching English.." — James Ryan

dianeyangDiane (Chiawei) Yang

"As an ESL student from Taiwan, I understand the challenges that non-native English speakers face in life and the support they need. I wouldn’t be what I am today without others’ help in my journey. Therefore, teaching ESL has always been my dream because I want to be in the position of assisting others, like those who have helped me. I want to encourage my students to see beyond themselves and have the same opportunities in school and in life as others." - Diane (Chiawei) Yang


anthony baltieroAnthony Baltiero

"I am a graduate student at USF pursuing my M.A. in TESOL. I am also honored to be a School of Education Graduate Student Ambassador at USF. I have previous ESOL teaching and consulting experiences working for Daytona State College, Pearson Education, and AmeriCorps. I received my B.A. in English Language Learner studies from Ashford University. I also hold a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification. Outside of education and academics, I enjoy music, cooking, and soccer. My research interests include: global linguistics; international and comparative education; language and social relations; language and consciousness; benefits of multilingualism; online education." - Anthony Baltiero 

lisa headshotLisa Ortman

"I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a concentration in Digital Media and Learning through the University of San Francisco. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in Environmental Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

I spent most of my professional career working in the Wine Industry, specializing in marketing, social media and event planning.  However, it was a volunteer ESL class I developed and taught for parents in the local school district that sparked my interest in the field of TESOL. After I complete my graduate degree, I would like to develop curriculum for ESL students in the United States and eventually live and teach abroad." — Lisa Ortman

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