Faculty and Staff

ESOL Faculty and Staff
T/ESOL Program members standing by the white wall (left to right): Sheri Wells-Jensen, Kimberly Spallinger, Anastasiia Kryzhanivska, Amy Cook, Fernanda Capraro, Tifanie Knauff.

Anastasiia (Ana) Kryzhanivska

  • Position: Director
  • Phone: 419-372-0149
  • Email: akryzh@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 221 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.


Fernanda Capraro

  • Position: Assistant Teaching Professor
  • 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.


Amy Cook

  • Position: Associate Teaching Professor
  • Email: amycook@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 312 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. At BGSU, Amy teaches ESOL, TESOL, and UWP classes.

Kimberly Spallinger

Kimberly Spallinger

  • Position: Teaching Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2746
  • Email: spallkk@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 418 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.

ESOL Secretary

Tifanie Knauff

Tifanie Knauff

  • Position: ESOL Program Secretary
  • Phone: 419-372-7885
  • Email: tkeeton@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 215 East Hall

ESOL Teaching Associates & Graduate Assistants

Krys Ingman

Tobi Idowu

  • Position: ESOL GA – CCCC Coordinator
  • Email: oidowu@bgsu.edu
  • Address: East Hall 218

Tobi Idowu is from Nigeria, where he had his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Ibadan. He taught English in high school and worked as journalist and editor before starting his graduate studies in the Literary and Textual Studies program, BGSU. He is currently in his second year and had taught the WRIT 1110 and WRIT 1120 University Writing Program courses in his first year. Tobi is a graduate assistant in the ESOL office.

Updated: 09/29/2022 05:28PM