Stephanie (Brown) Marcotte is an ESL adjunct professor at Holyoke Community College (HCC), a TESOL teacher trainer at Hampshire College, and a doctoral candidate in educational leadership through the University of New England. Outside of teaching, Stephanie is the 2017-2018 NNETESOL president and outreach coordinator for an interfaith non-profit. Previously, she was a Fulbright Advisor at the University of Massachusetts. Stephanie received her MATSOL from the SIT Graduate Institute and her B.A. from Hampshire College.
Her areas of interest include experiential learning, systemic functional linguistics, corpus linguistics, reflective teaching, language teaching pedagogy, educational/transformational leadership, community-engaged learning, and professional development. Currently, she has combined all of these interests and applied for a Fulbright Scholarship in Hungary.
Kareema Jean-Baptiste is a 24-year-old educator from Princeton, New Jersey. Kareema received her bachelor’s from Hampshire College in 2015, concentrating on educational policy, Africana Studies, and Black Media. Her Division III was a research paper examining the charter school system in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and its effect on the students of color. While at Hampshire, Kareema took the TESOL course at Hampshire in the summer of 2014. Since graduating from Hampshire, Kareema has been a TESOL intern in LaPaz, Bolivia, and taught English online through a Shanghai-based company. Kareema has experience with applying to English teaching programs such as Fulbright, EPIK, and JET. Kareema has spent the past year in Spain as North American Language and Culture Assistant.
Having a TESOL certificate changed my life, both personally and professionally! I found TESOL right before I started my Division III project at Hampshire. I still remember emailing my committee and telling them that I was changing all my plans. This took a great leap of faith, but it was completely worth it. My Division III opened my eyes to the world, and my TESOL certificate provided me with job opportunities directly after graduation.