UVU ESL Faculty & Staff

Chair and ESL Director

Deborah Marrott, Basic Composition and ESL Department Chair

Deborah Marrott Deborah Marrott (Ph.D. University of Utah) is Professor of Basic Composition. Dr. Marrott has taught composition and literature at the college level for over 20 years. She is in her second term as BC/ESL Department Chair and has served on numerous institutional committees, including chairing the UVU Faculty Excellence Committee and the UVU Tenure Board of Review. Based on student ratings, she won the 1997-1998 University College Faculty Excellence Award and has since been nominated 12 additional times for that award. Her scholarship focuses on basic writing pedagogy, social justice in education and educational linguistic anthropology. She is passionate about researching how people use language and seeing the ways in which gaining confidence in reading and writing can change students' lives. She loves her large family, the beach, NFL football and spending time with her husband and her two Miniature Schnauzers, Wolfgang and Hank.

Office: LA 234E
Phone: 801.863.8823
Email: marrotde@uvu.edu

Jim Petterson, ESL Program Director

Jim PetterssonHas a PhD in Adult and Postsecondary Education for the University of Wyoming, an M.A. from BYU in TESL with a focus on teaching and program administration, and a B.A. from the University of Utah. He has taught ESL for twenty-nine years at universities in the United States. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, attending plays and other cultural events, and being involved in community and civic activities.

Office: LA 234F
Phone: 801.863.8721
Email: petterji@uvu.edu

ESL Full-Time Faculty

Kevin Eyraud, Associate Professor/ESL Curriculum

Kevin EyraudHas taught English as a Second Language in university settings since 1996. He has taught in Mexico, Egypt, China, Arizona, New York, and Utah. He is nearing completion of a Ph.D. at the University of Utah. Kevin is an avid fly fisherman and spends summers fishing and running rivers. His hobbies include reading, tying flies, listening to music, and watching movies.

Office:LA 221H
Phone: 801.863.7091
Email: kevin.eyraud@uvu.edu

Heidi Condie, Associate Professor, Listening-Speaking Skill Coordinator

Heidi CondieCoordinates the English Conversation Club. She received a BA in German Literature and International Relations, and an MA in TESOL from BYU. She has taught at UVU for more than 10 years. She has also taught ESL at BYU, at the U of U, SLCC and other schools. She has also worked as a teacher/trainer in China.

Office: LA 221K
Phone: 801.863.8274
Email: condiehe@uvu.edu

Ben McMurry, ESL Lecturer/Reading Skill Coordinator

Ben McMurryHas a BA in Linguistics, an MA in TESOL, and a Ph.D. In Instructional Psychology and Technology. He has taught ESL for 10 years. His scholarly interests include computer-assisted language learning (CALL), qualitative research in TESOL, and formal and informal evaluation of language teaching and learning. Ben plays an active role in Intermountain-TESOL (a TESOL affiliate) and is a member of TESOL and other professional organizations. In his spare time he enjoys going on walks with his family, reading, and cycling. He is also involved in community organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Utah Baroque Ensemble.

Office: WB 145E
Phone: 801.863.7085
Email: ben.mcmurry@uvu.edu

Michael Hilbert, ESL Lecturer/Writing Skill Coordinator

Michael Hilbert(M.A. Washington State University) Mike Hilbert received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Utah in 2009. In May of 2012 Mike graduated with his M.A. degree in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Mike’s scholarly and research interests include large-scale writing assessment, student placement within composition programs, and collaborative learning in first-year writing courses. Mike is a past instructor of English 101—Introduction to College Writing at Washington State University, and has held several internships in Washington State University’s Writing Programs in which he assisted administrators in programmatic design, student advancement, and student placement. When he isn’t teaching, Mike enjoys playing basketball, watching the Utah Jazz, camping, and fly-fishing. He lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife and daughter.


Chad Luke, ESL Lecturer/Grammer Skill Coordinator

Chad LukeOriginally from Sugar City, Idaho. He graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho with an AA and then went to BYU where he studied Spanish and TESL. He has an MA in Spanish Linguistics and a TESL Certificate. He has taught at a number of schools and has taught ESL for about 18 years. He has traveled in Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru.

Office: WB 145D
Phone: 801.863.6404
Email: lukech@uvu.edu

Brian MacKay, ESL Lecturer/Community ED Curriculum

Brian MacKayHas been in the field of second language training for more than 30 years. He has taught German, English language, and linguistics courses at several universities and colleges including the University of California at Davis, Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., Montgomery College in Maryland, Rockford College in Illinois, BYU, and UVU. Brian has also been involved in ELL program management in several parts of the US and overseas. He has presented numerous workshops and papers at many conferences. Although born in Salt Lake City, he has lived and worked in many states and has traveled to many countries. Brian is married to his beautiful wife, Shiona, and has three children and seven grandchildren. He loves skiing, hiking, fishing, and being with his family.

Office: WB 145B
Phone: 801.863.8272
Email: brian.mackay@uvu.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Richard Aslett

Richard AslettHas developed university level ESL methods classes for teachers at UVU and BYU. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2000 with a specialty in Early Adolescent/Middle Childhood - English as a New Language. Richard has a doctorate in elementary education/reading emphasis from BYU and is currently employed full time in the Salt Lake City School District as a reading specialist.

Brooke Bailey

Brooke BaileyIs originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from BYU with an emphasis in TESOL and Deaf Communications. She also has a Graduate TESOL Certificate from BYU. She started teaching ESL in 2000 and has taught at UVU, BYU, Nomen Global, and the MTC over the past several years. Brooke is also an American Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, playing sports, photography, music, playing the guitar, traveling, and cooking.

Veronica Naimova Bastian

Veronica Naimova BastianHas an MA in Language Acquisition/TESOL Certificate and a BA in Russian and French from Brigham Young University. She has taught ESL, Russian and French in Untied States and abroad. Veronica enjoys learning and teaching foreign languages, traveling, photography, playing piano, jogging and rock-climbing.

Udambor Burmandalai

Udambor BurmandalaiHas an MA in TESOL and a BA in Linguistics from BYU. She has over six years of EFL and ESL teaching experience in Mongolia and USA. Her research interests include ESL and EFL teacher training, developing listening and speaking skills, teaching culture, CALL, and issues related to NNESTs. She strives to develop herself professionally by actively serving and participating in TESOL and its affiliate Intermountain-TESOL. During her free time, she enjoys reading, jogging, and hiking.

Kory Collier

Kory CollierEarned his Masters Degree in Teaching ESL at Brigham Young University, and also has a BA in Spanish from BYU. He has taught ESL for 13 years, including 7½ years in Hawaii and 2½ years in Samoa. He has also worked for 10 years as a writer and designer of computer language courses. He loves to hike and do photography in nation al parks and other scenic areas.

Brooke Eddington

Booke EddingtonI am currently in the second year of my Master's program in TESOL and am writing a pedagogical thesis on dynamic written corrective feedback. I received my Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from BYU in 2012 and will graduate with my Master's in 2014. I have taught English as a second language for three years and have tutored and developed materials in various contexts. I love traveling and have traveled on six of the world's continents (I will visit my 47th country this year). I have lived abroad and taught English abroad, most recently in Namibia, southwestern Africa. In my free time, I love exercising, cooking, photography, and spending time with my husband. I love learning about anything and getting to meet people from different cultural backgrounds. Some of my favorite things are sunshine, the beach, and chocolate. It is my goal to live life to its fullest.

Tatyanna Felt

Tatyanna FeltGraduated from BYU with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Italian. Received her TESOL Certificate from BYU in 2003. Taught English as a Second Language at BYU, Russian University of Modern Education, and private school in Moscow. She enjoys teaching English, getting to know people from different cultures, teaching Zumba, reading, and cooking with her friends.

Beth Anne Firnges

Beth Anne FirngesHas a Graduate certificate in TESOL, a Bachelors degree in Linguistics with a minor in TESOL, and a nearly completed Masters degree in TESOL all from BYU (Brigham Young University). She has been the manager of an online tutoring company based in Korea for over three years and has over five years of teaching and tutoring expe rience in the U.S., online to Korea and Hong Kong, and abroad in Japan. She enjoys learning languages and has studied Spanish, Russian, ASL, and French. She is always excited to learn new things and enjoys cooking, reading, doing things outside and spending time with family and friends.

Betsy Flores

Betsy FloresIs from Maryland, near Washington D.C. She studied abroad in London, England. After she graduated from university she moved to Paris, France. While living in Paris for several years she studied languages and received a Diploma in French. She is a Certified ESL Teacher. Her career began in Maryland where she taught French and English as a Second Language in the local colleges. She chose this career because she is passionate about connecting with people from different cultures, and because with this job she can work anywhere in the world. For her personal interests she loves traveling to foreign countries to visit her friends. She has taken so many trips that she has used up all the pages in her passport. She is delighted to be teaching at UVU to help people, and to make new friends from around the globe.

Tim Hall

Tim HallCoordinates the Community Education courses for resident ESL students at the main UVU campus in Orem. He received his Masters Degree in TESL from Brigham Young University and has taught ESL, French, and German for over 30 years in England, France, Germany, and the United States. He has also worked for a software company that developed ESL multimedia programs that are used throughout the world. He enjoys cycling, skiing, playing racquetball, and traveling to foreign countries.

Heidi Healy

Heidi HealyGraduated from BYU with an MA in TESOL. She has taught students from Brazil and Hong Kong online. She also teaches at BYU. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking.

Alia Herrod

Alia HerrodHas a MA in Education and TESL and Utah teaching license with TESL and Russian endorsements. She has taught English and Russian in public and private schools in Ukraine and Utah. She also worked as a writer, translator, language consultant and voice talent for various private businesses. Her interests include literature, current politics, sports, and anything related to healthy lifestyle. She loves to learn new things and hopes to learn from and with her students every day.

Steven Holland

Steven HollandAfter receiving his BA English in 2008, Steve Holland travelled to Taiwan to teach English. In 2009, he returned to the US to pursue an MA TESOL at Brigham Young University and has taught reading, applied grammar, and writing at BYU’s English Language Center and Selnate International School. He has also taught first-year composition at Brigham Young University and Salt Lake Community College.

Olga Jarrell

Olga JarrellHas been teachin g EFL and ESL for 25 years. She came from Russia with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language Instruction and a Master of Arts in English. She loves learning and teaching. In her free time, she prefers traveling and hiking, as well as spending time with her green-winged macaw King.

Charlet Jorgensen

Charlet JorgensenIt was only yesterday when I stood frozen, terrified that I would become stuck between each pair of suspended white marble steps and fall into a mangled heap on the floor below at BYU. Only with the tugs of my mother’s hands did I ascend and follow her to the class she was teaching. The whole effect ironically linked teaching to adventure and my future as a teacher. I started teaching flute, and elementary topics in Utah before moving to the Washington D.C and then to South Korea for four years of teaching. Now I am in my ninth year if teaching English to second language speakers. Compared to my travels through seven other countries and living to coast here, teaching is ever just as challenging. My rewards come by learning about life from my students.

Alison McMurry

Alison McMurryHas a Master's Degree in TESOL from BYU. She specializes in teaching reading and writing.

Kiri Manookin

Kiri ManookinHas lived in and/or traveled to 10 countries and counting, has taught English for eight years in Taiwan, Ecuador, Switzerland, and the US, and has worked with students from over 30 countries. She received her Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University and CELTA from International House Barcelona in Spain, and has also coordinated tutoring programs, trained ESL teachers, and worked on program development. She is fluent in Spanish, and has also studied French, Italian, and Chinese and hopes to become fluent in all of them. Since changing careers several years ago--from working professionally as a tailor to becoming a language teacher--she has never looked back. The best (and most valued) compliment ever given her by a student: Kiri is "a true educator." She loves writing and listening to music, dancing, reading, writing, singing, designing and sewing, photography, music therapy, taking long walks, getting lost in unfamiliar cities, snorkeling and beaches, yoga, cooking and hosting dinner parties, being around really kind and intelligent and creative people, cafes, Sufi poets, rainbows, dirt, humanitarianism, woodworking and power tools, and, in addition to continually working to be a really good teacher, she still dreams of being a rock star, a mom, a famous author, and CEO of her own company. Kiri is from Utah and is very happy to be teaching at UVU.

Oralyn Moran

Oralyn MoranChildhood was spent in New Mexico, and later in Kaysville, Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she graduated, prepared to teach English as a first language. After spending a year and a half in Colombia, South America, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she started teaching English as a Second Language to adults who needed it t in order to find employment. She realized that she loved ESL so much that she wanted to get a degree in it. She returned to Brigham Young University and received her master’s degree in TESL. During her graduate studies she did internships, helping to create and publish textbooks for the English Language Center. She continued this project full time for years after graduating. Later she worked for BYU Independent Study, teaching the professors how to write good courses. She has happily returned to teaching ESL and is excited to work with UVU students.

Kara Mortensen

Kara MortensenReceived her bachelors degree in Spanish Teaching and ESL. Also, she received my Masters in Second Language teaching from Utah State University. She has taught at Utah State, and in many community education programs. Kara also worked as a college supervisor at Baldwin supervising and advising students completing their ESL and Spanish Teaching degrees. She am originally from Utah, but have spent time living around the world and United States. Kara loves teaching and seeing my students progress in their language studies.

Brian Owens

Brian OwensFirst began Teaching English as a Second Language in 1993 on the island of Palawan in the South China Sea. Since that time, Brian has taught at Boise State University, Penn State University, The University of New Mexico, and volunteer work at the Plaza Comuniteria in Idaho. He is currently teaching at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. Brian has a Master’s Degree from Penn State in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). He has two Bachelor degrees in English from Boise State University- Writing & Literature. Brian also spent time at the University of New Mexico working on a PhD in Educational Linguistics. Brian’s 2nd language is Tagalog (Filipino). He has taken courses in Spanish, Classical Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Japanese. He really enjoys teaching, travel, other cultures & languages, the outdoors, racquetball, and especially his family.

Sallie Poet

Sallie PoetHas a BA in Art and she has a MA in English from California State East Bay. She recently (2010) received an MFA in Studio Art from BYU. She has taught English in France and Japan, and at many colleges in California. She has four children and she enjoys painting and traveling.

Katie Perez

Katie PerezWas born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She received a BA in Linguistics and TESOL from BYU in April of 2013 and plans to further her education in the future. She has been privileged to teach with a couple of different language programs, including the ELC, EIP Korea, and now with UVU. She is also currently the co-director of a community English program in Orem. She considers herself fortunate to be able to say that she loves what she does, and truly means it! Getting to know and building relationships with the students is what she enjoys most. She enjoys ballroom dancing, cooking and baking, reading, and anything outdoorsy.

Maddie Quayle Scott

Maddie Quayle ScottHas been teaching ESL for more than 13 years in places such as Utah, Atlanta, GA and Istanbul, Turkey. She loves languages and culture, but her favorite part of teaching is the students.

Lydia Ripplinger

Lydia RipplingerWas born and raised in Utah. She completed her BA in Linguistics and TESOL at Brigham Young University, and she is currently studying in BYU's TESOL MA program. Lydia anticipates graduating in the spring of 2012. She is filled with happiness knowing I am able to share with them a skill that can ultimately improve the quality of life they lead.

Sarah Sordoni

Sarah SordoniIs originally from Denver, Colorado. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from BYU with an emphasis in TESOL. She also has a Graduate TESOL certificate from BYU. She started teaching ESL in 2008 and has taught in Switzerland and India as well as at BYU and UVU. Recently, Sarah presented her linguistic research from India at a conference in New Zealand. Sarah enjoys learning foreign languages and speaks German, Swiss German, Swedish, and Telugu. She is currently learning Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys running, swimming, reading, cooking, scuba diving with her husband Ben, getting to know people from different cultures, and traveling.

Shauna Standing

Shauna StandingGrew up in northern California. She received a B.S. and also an M.Ed. from BYU. She has been an educator for 26 years. In addition to teaching elementary school for many years, she has taught Management Communications (business writing and speaking) at BYU and has taught composition, business writing, public speaking, and ethics at Eagle Gate/Provo College. Shauna lived in Ecuador for a year and a half. She enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and spending time with people.

Nancy Turley

Nancy TurleyLove of language has propelled her through an undergraduate (BYU), Masters (ASU), and just recently, PhD program at Arizona State University where she graduated in Linguistics. Rasing seven children with her husband, Wayne, has also taken a large share of her time. She taught composition at BYU and ASU before earning her doctorate, and linguistics at BYU, and ESL and composition classes at UVU since. Collectively, her family has been all over the world, and Nancy has a great interest in cultures and the people that are part of them. She also enjoys being outdoors, sewing, and piano and choir. Teaching has been her dream and she is so happy to be able to teach at Utah Valley University!

Jonny Zea

Jonny ZeaAfter completing his educational career, Johnny discovered his passion for new immigrant students and represented the ELS Corporation as a worldwide student recruiter. While in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Public Schools offered him the challenge of creating the first newcomer program for immigrant students and their parents in the district and the state. Johnny has been active in the field of ESL for over 20 years. Prior to moving back to Utah, he was the Director of Language & Cultural Services for the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Johnny lives in Orem, Utah with his wife and 6 children. He loves to read non-fiction books. He enjoys meeting people from around the world and learning their cultures and languages.

ESL Full-Time Staff

Lisa Williamson, Academic Advisor for Basic Composition/ESL

Lisa WilliamsonHas been an academic advisor for two years and has taught ESL part-time in Provo, Salt Lake City, and San Nicolas, Argentina since 2004. She has a BA in English Literature from UVSC and an MEd. with an emphasis in Adult Learning from Westminster College. She is currently working on TESOL certification and in her less sane moments, considers a PhD every now and again. When she is not advising or teaching, Lisa spends her time watching documentaries, reading mostly non-fiction, discovering and eating at good restaurants, playing with her 3 cats and 2 dogs, and hanging out with her 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Lisa hopes to live and teach abroad again soon.

Office: LA 221R
Phone: 801.863.8729
Email: lisa.williamson@uvu.edu

Elizabeth Nield, Coordinator for Basic Composition/ESL and Community Ed ESL Courses

Elizabeth NieldIs from Cancun, Mexico and she has a B.A. from LA SALLE Cancun University in Business Administration. She has experience in human relations, customer service, and quality control for 8 years at hotels in Mexico and in United States. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, snowmobiling, swimming, camping, hiking, and watching movies. Also, Elizabeth likes to work for Basic Composition and ESL department because she gets to meet interesting students and the different cultures that they are from.

Office: LA 234G
Phone: 801.863.6865
Email: elisabethn@uvu.edu

Laurie Toro, Administrative Assistant for BC/ESL

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Office: LA 234A
Phone: 801.863.6387
Email: ltoro@uvu.edu

ESL Part-Time Staff

Josue Alvarez, Student Assistant for Basic Composition and ESL

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Office: LA 234B
Phone: 801.863.7249/6161
Email: department@uvu.edu

Juan Carlos Fuentes, Student Assistant for Basic Composition and ESL

Juan Carlos FuentesIs from Mexico City and he grew up into a lovely family. He is the oldest of five brothers, he studied Accounting in Mexico, and at UVU he is studying Business Management. He likes to organize, create and to be involved in projects. Juan enjoys having time with his family, eat together, and talk with them. Also, he likes to watch movies with his friends, play in the snow, swim, and play basketball.

Office: LA 234B
Phone: 801.863.7249/6161
Email: juanf@uvu.edu

Giovanna Jan Reyes Cruz, Student Assistant for Basic Composition and ELS

Giovanna Jan Reyes CruzWas born in Mexico City, but grew up in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. She moved to Utah 2 years ago, where she learned English. She adores her family and friends. She is also a good listener, sympathetic, and she loves to help and serve people. She is majoring in psychology, which is one of her biggest passions, and her goal is to help people to reach a higher level of happiness and satisfaction with their lives.

Office: LA 234B
Phone: 801.863.7249/6161
Email: giovanna.reyescruz@uvu.edu

Lilly Citlalli Munguia, Student Assistant for Basic Composition and ESL

Lilly Citlalli MunguiaIs from Mexico City, she is a junior in the Community Health Program at UVU. She graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Medical Assistant Certification from LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lilly enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and spending time admiring the beautiful landscapes in Utah. She also loves music, dance, folklore, art and learn from different cultures.

Office: LA 234B
Phone: 801.863.7249/6161
Email: lillyM@uvu.edu