Faculty and Staff

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Amy Cook

Position: Director
Email: amycook@bgsu.edu
Address: 221 East Hall

Amy is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she completed a BA in Languages and Latin American Studies. She also holds an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Arizona, where she taught first-year composition classes for American and international students. In addition to ESOL classes, Amy teaches General Studies Writing classes as well as ENG 5100, Theories and Methods of TESOL.


Kimberly Spallinger

Position: Assistant Director & ITA Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-2746
Email: spallkk@bgsu.edu
Address: 220 East Hall

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.


Fernanda Capraro

Position: Instructor
Phone: 419-372-7554
Email: fcaprar@bgsu.edu
Address: 323 East Hall

Fernanda was born in Italy and became an ESL learner at the age of six. Her interest in language learning continued. She received a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from Ohio State University. She has studied and taught Spanish, Italian, and ESL in higher education. Her ESL teaching experiences include intensive English courses and spoken English courses for prospective international teaching assistants.


Lucinda Hunter

Position: Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-8145
Email: lhunter@bgsu.edu
Address: 313 East Hall

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. 

Lucinda is currently teaching BGSU ESOL courses at Tianjin Polytechnic University in China as part of BGSU partnership with the University.


Anastasia Kryzhanivska

Position: Instructor
Phone: 419-372-0149
Email: akryzh@bgsu.edu
Address: 203 East Hall

Anastasiia is originally from Mykolaiv, Ukraine, where she completed her BA in English Translation at Petro Mohyla Black Sea State University. She attended Ohio University and received her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics. Anastasiia has taught International Russian, Introduction to Linguistics, and other English classes including Academic Writing, Speaking and Listening, and English for Specific Purposes. Anastasiia’s research interest area are CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), multicultural awareness, and motivation.


Andrea VanVorhis

Position: Instructor
Phone: 419-372-9631
Email: avanvor@bgsu.edu
Address: 440 East Hall

Born and raised in Austria, Andrea Van Vorhis graduated from the University of Salzburg in 1986 with M.A. degrees in American Studies and Spanish. At Bowling Green State University, she earned a Master of Arts degree in English/TESL in 1988.

She is now a full-time professor in the Department of Humanities at Owens Community College, where has been teaching courses of Spanish and English for over sixteen years.She has also been teaching as an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at BGSU. Her favorite subject matter is the study of language. As a speaker of ESL herself, she identifies with many of her students’ experiences.

Although she still misses some aspects of life in Austria, Bowling Green has become her new home.And to get her “mountain fix”, Andrea spends her summers hiking, tent-camping, and photographing in various places of the American West. There is one thing about Americans, however, she still doesn’t understand—why haven’t they adopted the metric system?


Jason Wells-Jensen

Position: Instructor
Phone: 419-372-4652
Email: wellsj@bgsu.edu
Address: 338 East Hall

ESOL Secretary

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Danielle Burkin

Position: ESOL Program Secretary
Phone: 419-372-8205
Email: dburkin@bgsu.edu
Address: 218 East Hall

Danielle Burkin is a native of western Ohio. A former falcon, she earned her Bachelors of Science in Health Administration from Bowling Green State University. Happy to be back on campus, Danielle divides her time between the ESOL and English offices and her home in Perrsyburg. She and her husband are the parents of four children. When she is not carpooling children from event to event, she is volunteering with the Perrysburg Musical Theater.

ESOL TEACHING ASSOCIATEs & Graduate Assistants


Benjamin Katz

Position: ESOL Program Graduate Assistant
Phone: 419-372-8205
Email: bkatz@bgsu.edu
Address: 218 East Hall

Benji Katz is a native of Cincinnati, OH. He received his BFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in August, 2016 and is currently pursuing his MFA in Poetry. He plays bass in the local bands Indian Opinion and Tree No Leaves.

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Stephen Ohene-Larbi

Position: Teaching Associate
Phone: 419-372-8205
Email: sohenel@bgsu.edu
Address: 218 East Hall

Stephen Ohene-Larbi comes from Ghana; he obtained his bachelor’s degree at the University of Toledo majoring in Communication and proceeded to have his first and second master’s degrees also from the University of Toledo-Masters of Public Administration (MPA), and English (MA) with a concentration in ESL. He had the opportunity to work with AmeriCorps-United Way of Greater Toledo, working as a graduation coach mentoring high school students who were at risks of graduation from high school. Stephen also had the opportunity to do what he enjoys doing-“Teaching at the American Language Institute” at the University of Toledo. He taught different levels of composition writing at the same University. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition Writing at BGSU. His area of research is in ESL composition writing and is looking at the integration of multimodality, strategies and other areas that can help students to achieve fluency in writing and speaking as well.  


Tammie Southall

Position: Graduate Assistant, Family English Class Instructor, and CCCC Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-8205
Email: stammie@bgsu.edu
Address: 218 East Hall

Tammie is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is a second year PhD student in Rhetoric and Writing. She earned her BA in German and her MA in TESOL at Cleveland State University. Her teaching experience includes: EFL in Germany for several years and ESL in the United States for the past 8 years. In addition, Tammie is an English Language Examiner and Trainer, and her research interests lie in Assessment, Second Language Acquisition, and Rhetoric and Composition.