Brett Anderson has been a teacher at CESL since 2011. He has also taught English as a Second Language in France and Guatemala. His main interests in language education are related to the linguistic typology of lexical semantics and the grammar of tense and aspect.
Vicki Farley is a Staff Assistant for the Center for English as a Second Language. Vicki has been employed by the University of Oklahoma since June 2005 and has been working at CESL since June 2008.
Suzanne Greff has been the Financial Associate for CESL since August 2015. Before coming to CCE, she worked in the OU Bursar’s office as well as the Physical Plant accounting departments since 1998. In her off hours she has an interest in developing a healthy lifestyle. From adopting a vegetarian diet to practicing yoga and becoming a certified instructor in both regular and prenatal instruction and in a daily practice of prayer and meditation. She believes a healthy mind, body and spirit keeps her grounded in her professional life. When she is not crunching numbers for CESL she is enjoying her active family of two grown daughters and five lovely grandchildren.
Tom Hoyt has been an ESL instructor at CESL since 2010 and taught ESL / EFL in Japan for six years before that. He has taught as an adjunct instructor in history for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies and the Center for Independent and Distance Learning. He has an MA English / TESL; an MA in Regional Studies -- East Asia; and an MA in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.
Hilary Kirk has been teaching at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for English as a Second Language since 2011 where she teaches academic English and IELTS classes to international students. She also works as an IELTS examiner. In the past, she has taught French, German, and Italian and lived in Italy, Austria, Corsica, and England. She loves learning languages, travelling, and teaching. In addition to teaching English, she enjoys learning about different cultures from her students.
Jaime Ladd works at OU’s Center for English as a Second Language as an ESL Program Specialist. She has served in the United States Navy, earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Relations from the University of Central Oklahoma, and holds a Master’s of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Oklahoma. Jaime completed an extensive study abroad program in Europe that took place in a variety of countries including Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Prior to working at CESL, she worked as a business development manager both in the private and public sector. She took this experience to foster and promote relationships that allows her to serve as a liaison between fellow administration, staff, teachers, and students as well as within the local community. As a result, Jaime finds and secures funding through various channels to build programs that meet the rising needs of our diverse English Language Learner population across the state. She also manages the OU Language Exchange program and plans activities and events to enrich the student’s cultural understanding while they study in the United States.
Mary Martin has taught English as a Second Language for more than 20 years and has been at CESL since 2010. She has taught all levels of English proficiency, but currently teaches Advanced 1. She received a BA in French from the University of Oklahoma, an MA in French Language Pedagogy from Middlebury College, a TESL Certification from the University of California at Berkeley, and a second master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a member of TESOL and the current president of OKTESOL, and has presented at NAFSA and OKTESOL conferences. In addition, Mary teaches courses for OU’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies and the Graduate College. Mary’s teaching philosophy is inspired by the famous quote by Ludwig Wittgenstein: “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” The more language we know, the larger our world becomes!
Cory Northern is the Interim Director at the Center for English as a Second Language at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught ESL/EFL since 2004 and worked as an intensive English instructor at CESL since 2009 before becoming the assistant director in 2014. He has served as Interim Director since January of 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree in History and English literature from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to teaching at CESL, he taught English as a Foreign Language in South Korea and Japan for three years. Cory received his master’s degree in ESL in 2010. He has taught as an adjunct instructor for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies and has worked with the Graduate College’s English Assessment Program since 2011 as an assessor of spoken English tests and instructor of the spoken English course. In addition, he is a member of the MATESOL steering committee and instructor in the MATESOL program.
Laura Parker is a Core ESL instructor, and also serves on the Student Support and Study Hall team at the Center for English as a Second Language at the University of Oklahoma. She has been teaching at CESL since January 2015. Before she came to Oklahoma, she spent a year and a half teaching English in Beijing and Hefei, China to children, high school students, and professional adults. Prior to going to China, she had taught ESL to adults in Wichita, Kansas for two years. In addition to teaching English, she has also taught high school Spanish for two years and had been a substitute teacher in the Wichita Public Schools. She obtained her M.A. TESOL through Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, and she obtained her TESL Certificate and B.A. in Spanish from Wichita State University. She is a member of TESOL and has presented at ATE-K/KACTE Spring Conference for Bilingual Education and Kansas Department of Education for Bilingual Education. Her most recent accomplishments include completing an academic book review over the complete LEAP (Learning English for Academic Purposes) curriculum. When not at CESL, you will find Laura tutoring with the OUPD and going to Latin Dance socials.
Keely Robertson has nearly 20 years of teaching experience including English as a Second Language, English Composition, Spanish, and French. Robertson has taught all age groups, mostly in academic settings. Additionally, she lived in Spain for more than two and half years, where Robertson taught English as a Foreign Language. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, French, and Education, and her Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL. Most recently Robertson has begun her journey as a Ph.D. Candidate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. Robertson is a member of several professional organizations including TESOL, OKTESOL, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She is also a life-time member of Phi Kappa Phi.
Adrian Savage has been teaching at CESL since August 2013. She graduated from McAlester High School in 1972. She received a Bachelor of English at OU in 1976 and a Master's in Reading Specialist at OU in 1978. She taught high school English and Reading at Central Mid-High in Norman from 1978-1997 and English at Norman High from 1997-2007. She has been retired for 10 years after teaching 29 years at the high school level.
Vickie Smith has been teaching at the Center for English as a Second Language for 23 years. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in English, she taught English and journalism at Purcell High School for 13 years. At CESL, she has taught writing, reading, and listening/speaking at all levels for 23 years. The internet-Based TOEFL has been one of her major responsibilities at CESL. She enjoys her family, gardening, and reading.