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ETAS Journal editorial board 2015

Patricia Daniels

Patricia Daniels

Patricia is the Editor of the E-Newsletter and manages the Readers' Café column in the ETAS Journal as well as online. She was ETAS Social Media Coordinator for three years between 2013 - 2015. Patricia has been teaching EFL in Switzerland since 1996. She specialises in teaching English via Skype and in Second Life, and also guest lectures in diverse face-to-face contexts. Her clients constitute higher-level General and Business English learners. With a personal research interest in technology-enhanced learning, Patricia assists fellow ELT educators in the effective and innovative use of digital tools for pedagogical purposes and for continuing professional development. Patricia has a MA in Online and Distance Education and BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature.

Ben Hoyt

Ben Hoyt

Ben is ETAS Journal’s Online Content Editor. After a brief career in video games and computer animation, Ben has been teaching English since 2007. From Arizona, with stays in San Francisco and Dublin before coming to Switzerland, he became an ETAS member in 2009. His main interests in ELT are exam preparation and online learning tools. In 2015 he completed an MA TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham.

Gemma Lunn

Gemma is the Social Media Coordinator for ETAS. She has been teaching English since 2008 in Spain, South Korea and the UK, where she is originally from. Gemma has the Trinity Diploma in TESOL and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading. Her main interests in ELT are EAP and reflective practice. When not teaching or tweeting she likes horse riding, hiking and generally being active outside . 

David Kaufher

David Kaufher

David has spent his life in culture immersion and experiential learning. Since beginning as an English teacher in Bern in 2012, he has endeavored to pass this experience on to his students. His focus is on task-based learning and applying a constructivist approach to teaching. David received his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Brandeis University, his TESOL Certification from Oxford Seminars, and is in the midst of completing the Cambridge Delta. In his spare time he enjoys music, writing, and discovering Switzerland with his wife and two young daughters.

Helena Lustenberger

Helena Lustenberger

Helena is ETAS Journal’s Book Reviews Editor. A long-standing member of ETAS, Helena teaches adults and teachers in the tertiary sector. She specialises in Cambridge main suite exams and Business English but also enjoys General English classes and doing translations. She has extensive experience in event-organising and fund-raising. Originally from Yorkshire, Helena loves travelling in Britain, especially Scotland but, as a Swiss national, she is also firmly rooted in Swiss life in Zug.

Ceres Pioquinto

Ceres Pioquinto

Ceres has been the Editor of ETAS Journal since 2011 and was the  Chair of Publications from 2011-2014. Ceres has spent most of her professional life in the academe as Associate Professor of English and Literature, with over 25 years' experience. Her areas of expertise besides teaching, teacher training, and pedagogy include journal editing and publishing, research, writing, and publication, as well as administration. She moved to Switzerland in 2008 and joined ETAS and the ETAS Editorial Board in the same year. Ceres has a PhD in Literary Studies and Contemporary Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney.

James Taylor

Originally from Brighton, UK, James has taught EFL to adults in Brazil, South Korea, and Belgium. Currently based in San Jose, Costa Rica, he teaches adults at Centro Cultural Britanico. He is the current President and co-founder of BELTA, the Belgian English Language Teachers Association. A very active member of the online ELT community, James moderates #ELTchat, a weekly discussion on Twitter with teachers from around the world, as well as presents the #ELTchat podcast. Besides blogging and presenting conferences both online and offline, James mentors teachers for iTDi.

Julie Mangold

Julie Mangold

Julie currently holds the position of Publications Chair. She has been an English teacher and ETAS member since 2009, a Journal contributor since 2010 and an Editorial Board member since early 2012. Julie’s main area of teaching interest is Exam preparation courses but she also enjoys teaching young learners and adults in general. Julie completed a Master of Education in Workplace and Adult learning with a specialization in English Language teaching from the University of Calgary in 2011.  She also earned a certificate in Teaching and Training Adults, a BA Honours in Communications and French from the University of Ottawa, and completed the CELTA program. Julie believes in lifelong learning and skills upgrading as cornerstones to continuing professional development. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Julie lives in Solothurn with her Swiss husband, two young children and precocious Border terrier.

Illya Arnet-Clark

Illya was born in the United States but has been living in Switzerland since 1987. She has an M.Ed in EFL and is currently teaching at the Swiss University for teacher training in Goldau, training primary school teachers. Illya is co-author of the coursebook series ‘Young World’ and ‘New World’ from Klett and has been involved in English teacher qualification programs throughout Switzerland. She has an affinity for technology and is responsible for the ‘Techy Corner’ in the ETAS Journal.

Valerie Safai

Valerie has been conducting interviews on behalf of the ETAS J since 2012. Originally from Boston, Valerie moved to Zurich in 2008 where she continued as a Marketing Communications Consultant until the birth of her son. Passionate about language and teaching, she made the natural transition to Business English Trainer in 2011 after completing her CELTA. Her business experience has proved invaluable in gaining rapport and insight into client language needs, and she works tirelessly to provide clients with customized courses. Valerie lives in Zurich and in her free time enjoys hiking, biking and running with her hubby and two small boys. She’s also an avid photographer.