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Faculty and Staff
Soha Elfeel, Ph.D.
Soha Elfeel is the academic coordinator and an ESL instructor at the English Language Institute (ELI), Oklahoma State University. She teaches grammar and composition, listening and speaking skills, and reading skills. Soha began working at the ELI in 2011. She has a doctorate degree in professional education studies from Oklahoma State University and a certificate of teaching English as a second language. Soha’s interests include academic writing and reading, culturally-responsive pedagogy, the sociocultural aspects of language learning, particularly the intersection of literacy, language, and culture in teaching English as an additional language.
Fred Griffiths is from Klamath Falls, Oregon and has taught ESL for more than 20 years. He has a BA in English Literature from Southern Oregon University, an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Oklahoma State University. Fred’s interests are related to academic success, culture shock, and how international students adjust to university life.
Julie Kenyon is from Dallas, Texas. Her experience includes ten years teaching ESL to adults and teaching English and drama in Texas public schools. Julie has taught students from all over the world and enjoys learning about new cultures and helping students reach their full potential.
Shahrzad has been teaching English for over 10 years and working with different age groups and in various academic contexts including institutes and universities. Though interested in teaching all the language skills and components, she has special expertise in teaching reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.
Maya Moukaddem is a full time ESL instructor at the English language Institute (ELI), Oklahoma State University. She has a BA in English Language, a BA in English Literature, a Teaching Diploma and an MA in English Language. She has been teaching ESL for 25 years, and she teaches grammar and composition, listening and speaking skills, and reading skills.
Susie Popplewell, Ph.D.
Susie Popplewell is a veteran educator and former school administrator whose passion for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners has ultimately driven her career. She holds a M.Ed. in Bilingual Education/TESL and a Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Professional Studies in Education. Susie has successfully taught ESL to learners of all ages and has prepared teachers to do the same through her work at Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma. Most recently, she served as Principal at a public school that addressed the cultural, linguistic, and academic needs of students who speak 17 different languages.
Debra Flint Shores
Student Service Coordinator
Debra Flint Shores is originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma. She grew up with many teachers in her family and swore she would never become a teacher herself! However, as she recognized that her passion was in teaching culturally-diverse students, she entered the teaching profession and has had many fascinating experiences. She has taught ESL in many different states and countries for the past 30 years. Her special interests are in socio-linguistics, culturally-responsive pedagogy, literacy, and service-learning. At ELI she is also the Student Services Coordinator. Her love for teaching and students has been felt by people ages 4-84!
Ms Shores did her undergraduate work at the University of Kansas and her MA at Brigham Young University. She has an ABD in Curriculum Development and Professional Education Studies at Oklahoma State University.
Maria Isabel Velasquez
Maria Velasquez earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling and finished all of the class work in a PhD in Social Foundations of Education, all from Oklahoma State University. Her teaching experience goes from teaching English Literature at an International School in Caracas, Venezuela, to preparing students for admissions exams for American and European Universities, such as TOEFL, TOEIC, SAT, and GRE. Maria’s research focused on academic writing, and she has a special interest in the study of English grammar and composition.