Catherine is a teacher and also WESLI homestay coordinator. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After graduating, she taught ESL to students in Barcelona, Spain and Prague, Czech Republic. During her overseas adventures, she realized her passion for teaching. She later returned to UW-Madison to complete the graduate-level program in TESOL certification. She has since taught ESL at WESLI and throughout the Madison community, and loves it. She enjoys learning about other cultures and languages while teaching students about her own.
After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Education, Jacy began her career teaching bilingual teenagers on The Navajo Reservation. Since that time, she’s taught in Arizona, Indiana and Matto Grosso, Brazil. Aside from teaching, Jacy has worked at an antique store, a brewery and a landscaping company. Currently, she works as a substitute teacher for the public schools as well as teaching for WESLI. Her favorite things about Madison are the well-maintained bike trails, summer music festivals and Olbrich Gardens.
Sue has taught English in over 10 institutions in the US, Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea. Sue was trained in the application of each institution’s EFL curriculum and the teaching approaches to best fit the cultural environment and social needs of those particular students and school. Overseas, her students ranged from elementary school children to judges and teachers. She has taught Business English, TOEFL preparation and all levels of conversation, reading, writing and grammar. She has also trained experienced English teachers in the US, China and Taiwan. In addition, Sue owned and managed her own EFL school in Taiwan.Although Sue has used a wide variety of ESL methods, she stays on top of new ideas and methodologies in the field. She also continues to train in the areas of neuroscience in education, facilitator training and intercultural communicative competence. Sue is adept at communicating and relating to people from a great variety of backgrounds and cultures. This wealth of experience and her flexibility allow WESLI to call upon Sue to teach occasional courses and do observations of the student teachers.
Beth was one of the first staff ever in WESLI. Beth loves, lives and breathes grammar. Beth holds a MATESOL certificate and a BS in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught all levels of grammar in both the US and Canada, in addition to freshman composition at five universities. Beth also developed ESL video listening materials while living in Montreal. She continues to search for new and exciting ways to help spread the gospel of grammar.
Amy has been with WESLI since 1988 and hold’s a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics. As the director, she works with students by helping them choose classes, giving advice about immigration and providing observation feedback for the Teacher Training Program. She spent three years teaching English in Venezuela and is conversant in a wide variety of languages. As if that wasn’t enough, she also runs marathons!
Macari first came to WESLI as an English student from Venezuela. After earning her MBA degree in the U.S., she has been Manager of student services at WESLI. Macari loves WESLI and Madison because it feels like a big family and home to her! She enjoys dancing, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.
Judy has been teaching at WESLI since 1990. She enjoys teaching grammar, reading and TOEFL classes. Most of all she enjoys working with students from all over the world. She has B.A. in French Education and an M. A. in TESL from the University of Illinois and has taught in intensive English progams at the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University and has worked with American college students involved in cross-cultural programs in Central America. When she is not busy at WESLI, Judy enjoys watching college football and basketball games.
Dawn has been teaching at WESLI since 1990. She has also taught in Iowa and tutored in Thailand. She is a greatly admired teacher. She has 3 kids and 3 cats and would like to take her family –without the cats– on many travels abroad.
Tom has been teaching at WESLI since 1990. Before that, he lived, studied and taught in Taiwan, China, and South Korea. He is also a writer who has written many travel guides for Lonely Planet and Moon. Exploring the world as a backpacker is a very important part of his life, as it allows him to understand the world better and become a better teacher. He always comes back to Madison because he loves teaching and guiding students through their American life.
Dan Perreth came to WESLI in 1988. He is WESLI’s Director of Finances, Marketing and Curriculum. Dan has over 20 years of experience teaching English in the US and in Japan, where he taught at Kwassui Women’s Junior College. In the US, he has taught both university-bound international students and new immigrants. In addition to teaching, Dan has also been a curriculum and teacher coordinator, giving him a wealth of experience in overseeing curriculum design and assisting both new and experienced ESL teachers. He has three children and enjoys playing sports with them, especially basketball, softball, football and golf.
Nathan came to WESLI in 2004. Before that, he lived in Turkey and taught in South Korea. He is also a high school theater teacher and loves his family, traveling, music, and motorcycles. He has lived in Madison for many years and thinks it’s a great place to live, work and study.
Jennifer has been teaching at WESLI since 2012. Before that, she has taught in Ecuador, Thailand and New Zealand. Jennifer holds a BA in Geography from UW-Madison and completed her MA-TESOL from USC. She loves learning about different cultures, reading, hiking and spending time with her family and friends.
Gaby came to WESLI from Venezuela in 2005 after completing her Public Accounting major at the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. After learning English at WESLI, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Business at Lakeland College in Madison. Currently, Gaby is in charge of WESLI’s accounting department and manages WESLI’s dormitory. Being in Madison has taught Gaby the beauty of the outdoors and the simple things in life. She adores Madison and hopes to stay here and have a family. In her free time, she enjoys biking, dancing, skiing, and spending time with her friends and family.
Michael attended college at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Food Systems Management. After graduating, he worked as a nutrition coordinator for a large school district. By his mid 20’s, he realized that he would rather be working with people than with business. So in 2008, he obtained his TEFL Certification, and began to seek opportunities to teach English. Since that time, he has volunteered as an English teacher and tutor within the Latino community here in Madison. Between 2009 and 2012, he traveled to Mexico, Nicaragua, and Ecuador to learn Spanish, and has now gained a better understanding of how his students learn a new language. He began teaching at WESLI in 2010, and enjoys making English fun and interesting for his students to learn. He also enjoys meeting and learning about his students and their different cultures.
Jim has worked at WESLI since 1996 and teaches a variety of classes. He taught English in Japan for many years, and has studied Japanese, German, and Spanish. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing basketball, and following his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.
Dao’s description is coming soon.
Katherine, Administrative Staff, works behind the scenes at WESLI. As well as keeping the school supplied with paper and paperclips of all sizes, she is involved with promotion and marketing, special events and projects, and Registration Day. On that day she is most visible – you may see her dashing about the building starting and stopping English placement tests. Katherine leads a class for reminiscence writers, is a local reporter, and is also the award-winning author of “Making Lemonade With Ben:The Audacity to Cope.”
Beginning in April 2016 at WESLI as a student services coordinator, Hannah leads activities, coordinates English practice opportunities, and is the WTTP administrator. Hannah completed the Teacher Training Program at WESLI in 2015. Hannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s in Life Sciences Communication
Ryan began working at WESLI in February of 2016. Ryan’s role at WESLI as Student Services Coordinator focuses on housing, tuition, and activities. Before joining WESLI, he taught ESL at a variety of institutions including Journey House of Milwaukee, Moraine Park Technical College, and Marian University. Ryan holds a BA in International Studies and German from UW-Madison. He also earned a TESOL Graduate Certificate from UW-Milwaukee. He loves interacting with new students every day from around the world and guiding them through their studies at WESLI. Having lived in places such as Germany and Alaska in the last few years, Madison remains Ryan’s favorite city to call home.