Anne Margaret Smith, SIG Coordinator
Dr Anne Margaret Smith has taught English for 30 years in Kenya, Germany, Sweden and the UK. She is also a dyslexia specialist tutor and assessor. She founded ELT well with the intention of bringing together best practice from the two fields of ELT and SpLD support, and now offers materials and training to teachers, as well as specialist teaching to dyslexic learners. Find out more: http://www.ELTwell.com
Rom Neves, SIG Secretary
Rom Neves has been working as a SENco in an inclusion unit in mainstream Portuguese State Schools. He took a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages, a Post-graduation in Special Educational Needs and a Masters in Supervision in Initial Teacher Training. He is the Coordinator of the Portuguese Association of Teachers of English (APPI) for Madeira Autonomous Region and a teacher trainer at several centres for teacher professional development across the world.
Jana Jilkova, Treasurer
Dr Jana Jilkova is a lecturer, trainer and coach. She is Czech teachers’ association ATECR regional coordinator and eTwinning-Scientix ambassador. She is also involved in projects with the British Council, Ministry of Education and Charles University. She is a keen advocate of creativity in ELT for personal and professional development including CLIL, STEM, SEN, student’s life and career skills.
Anette Igel, Events Coordinator
Anette Igel is a Dipl TESOL qualified teacher and teacher trainer. She became first involved with SEN through drama teaching. Over the last few years her focus has been especially on young learners, and on how to use a multisensory approach in teaching all ages. She has been working with different IH schools for over 13 years.
Anna Pires, Newsletter Editor
Anna Pires is a DELTA qualified teacher, coursebook writer and teacher trainer. She started off as a state school teacher in Portugal, working with YLs and teens, and then later worked with adults when she was part of the International Organisation for Migration. She has been with International House for over 20 years and is currently Assistant Director of Studies at International House Braga. She is also on the editorial team of the APPI Journal (Portuguese Association of English Teachers). Anna has taken part in several local and national events to raise awareness and advocate for change in areas related to social justice.
Parisa Mehran, Web Coordinator
Born and raised in Tehran, Parisa Mehran holds a BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in TEFL, both from Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran, and a PhD in Computer Assisted Language Learning from Osaka University, Japan. Her research interests include Online and Blended Course Design, Mixed, Augmented, and Virtual Realities, and recently, Social Justice Education and Equity Studies in Education (SESE). She currently teaches part-time at several universities in Japan. In addition, she is an English tutor at Paper Airplanes and Hands Up Project, which provide online English lessons to individuals affected by conflict. Parisa also actively gives talks about the real Iran and the Iranian people behind the news, and blog about the Iranian identity at beyondyourstereotypes.wordpress.com.
Giovanni Licata, Committee Member
Giovanni Licata is a teacher and teacher trainer at IH-Accademia Britannica in Rome. Having worked in schools across Europe, Asia and the US, he has developed an interest in sociolinguistics as well as teacher and learner identities in the ELT classroom. His dream is to open a wine bar in L.A. and serve Italian wines and freshly-made bruschettas.
Rachael Harris, Social Media Coordinator
Rachael Harris comes from Nottingham, England. She has taught English as a foreign language for almost twenty years and she now teaches young learners and teens in a French speaking secondary and primary school Geneva, where she has produced the SEN policy statement. She is also the Teens & YL SIG coordinator for ETAS (Switzerland). She has recently completed a Master’s degree in TESOL with Sheffield Hallam university.