ESOL Faculty and Staff

ESOL Faculty

Kimberly Spallinger

Kimberly Spallinger, ESOL Program Director

Phone: 419-372-8145
Email: spallkk@bgsu.edu

Kimberly has been teaching ESOL courses at Bowling Green State University since 2004. Before this time, she taught teacher preparation and linguistics courses at Bluffton University and also had the opportunity to teach for a short time in Viet Nam. At BGSU, her primary role has been in ESOL, teaching graduate and undergraduate students in both speaking/listening and writing courses. Additionally, she occasionally teaches English 3800, an introduction to linguistics course for future English teachers, and English 5100, a TESOL Methodology Course. Kimberly enjoys working with students from different departments across campus, and one of her favorite parts of being an ESOL teacher is that she learns just as much from her students as they learn from her.


Sheri Wells-Jensen

Position: Associate Professor Coordinator of the TESOL Certificate
Phone: 419-372-8935
Email: swellsj@bgsu.edu

B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Adrian College; M.A., Spanish and Applied Linguistics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; Ph.D., Linguistics, State University of New York, University of Buffalo.

Research Interests: Psycholinguistics (especially cross-linguistic aspects of speech production and speech errors), applied phonology, phonetics, General Linguistics, braille literacy and processing, voice identification, xenolinguistics, language preservation.


Angela Garner

Angela Garner

Position: ESOL Instructor/ Writing Center ESL Specialist

Phone: 419-372-0534
Email: agarner@bgsu.edu

Originally from Tennessee, Angela Garner holds graduate degrees in English Literature from Southern Illinois University and TESOL/Applied Linguistics from Indiana University. She has taught composition and literature classes to American undergraduates and EFL classes in Korea, Russia, and China, yet she most enjoys her current classes in which she teaches writing and listening/speaking to BGSU international students. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at BGSU, Angela also serves as the ESOL Writing Specialist in the Learning Commons where she both consults with student writers and helps train other consultants.


Lucinda Hunter

Position: ESOL Program Instructor
Phone: 419-372-0173
Email: lhunter@bgsu.edu

Lucinda received her MA in English (specialization in TESOL) in 1999 from Bowling Green State University.  She has taught composition and ESOL courses at Bowling Green.  In addition, in the greater Philadelphia area, she taught new U.S. residents enrolled in literacy programs. She taught full time in the ESOL Program in 2002, returning to BGSU in 2007. 


Amy Cook

Position: ESOL Program Instructor
Phone: 419-372-9398
Email: amycook@bgsu.edu

Amy began teaching in the ESOL Program at BGSU in the fall of 2010. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she completed a BA in Languages and Latin American Studies. She also holds an MA in Teaching ESL from the University of Arizona, where she taught First-Year Composition classes for American and international students. One of her favorite things about teaching ESOL is meeting students from all over the world and learning about their cultures.


Jason Wells-Jensen

Position: ESOL Instructor
Phone: 419-372-8205
Email: wellsj@bgsu.edu

M.A., Linguistics, State University of New York, University of Buffalo; M.L.I.S., Kent State University. Recently, Jason developed three languages for a series of fantasy novels, One Night in Sixes, by Arianne "Tex" Thompson. Jason also narrated the WBGU-TV documentary Made In America: The Lima Locomotive Works, which began airing in November 2013. Jason has taught ESOL and Academic Writing at La Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de San Germán. Additionally, he taught General Linguistics and Phonology at SUNY-Buffalo. At BGSU, Jason teaches courses in ESOL and Linguistics.

ESOL Graduate Assistants

Position: ESOL Program Graduate Teaching Assistant
Telephone: 419-372-8205


Adam Sprague received his M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University and his B.A. in both Communications and English from the University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point. One of his favorite things about teaching multilingual writers is meeting students from all over the world and learning about their lives and culture while also helping them become more confident and successful communicators.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys writing fiction and poetry.  His stories and poems have been published in several online and print publications. He also enjoys hiking and being outdoors with his wife, Tonia.

Position: ESOL Program Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant
Telephone: 419-372-8205

Wei is from China and had taught English for over twelve years at Suzhou University. She received her BA in English from Southeast University, China and MA in Scientific and Technical Communication from Bowling Green State University. Currently, she is a PhD student in BGSU's Rhetoric and Writing program. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, watching movies, and TV shows.

Position: ESOL Program Graduate Assistant
Telephone: 419-372-8205

A native of Columbus, OH, Jeffrey earned his BA in English from The Ohio State University in 2003. He spent five years working in the financial services industry before returning to graduate school to earn his MA from the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH, in 2010. He has a certificate to teach English as a second language from TESOL International, and spent four years teaching international students in the Intensive English Program at the University of Dayton. In addition, he taught a two-class writing sequence at Clark State Community College in Springfield, OH, for two years before deciding to pursue his education further at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include English as a second language, writing center administration, first-year writing programs, argumentation, and digital rhetoric. When not studying and or working, Jeffrey and his wife can be found in costume at various medieval and renaissance festivals across the Midwest.