Executive Board Members
Jennifer Jones

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Jennifer has been in the ESL field since 2003,  and has worked overseas in Osaka, Japan and in Canada.  She has been teaching ESL and Academic Preparation since 2005 and is currently Head of Academics and Head TESOL Coordinator.

Jennifer has also done teacher training for Fanshawe College's TESL Ontario program for the past year.  Jennifer has designed curriculum for all ESL levels and was a contributing editor for Judy Thompson's Grass is Black ESL Sound Dictionary.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys Pilates, yoga and all things Doctor Who.

Paula Medina
Past President/Treasurer

Paula Medina           


Paula began her career in the ESL field more than 15 years ago, immediately after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with her undergraduate degree in psychology. Since that time, she has continued furthering her education in educational and business-related studies, both through formal education as well as TESL seminars and conferences. She has recently completed her Masters of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) degree through the University of Melbourne.

Paula joined the TESL London executive in 2006/2007 as Fee-for-Service Rep, rejoined the board in 2010/2011 as PD Chair, and has the current role of Past President AND Treasurer.  She has enjoyed assisting in the events and conferences TESL London has offered.

Valeeta Bennet
President Elect

Valeeta has been teaching ESL since 2007, and is the Head Program Coordinator/Registrar at London Language Institute and the Activity Program Coordinator at Huron University College.  She has studied, lived and taught overseas and she applies the knowledge she's gleaned from these experiences to her classroom.

She is active in her professional development and continued education, and is the curriculum developer of the Canadian Academic English Language Preparation course for the official CAEL Assessment.  She is also a contributing editor for Grass is Black: ESL Sound Dictionary.  Valeeta is grateful that she has the opportunity to interact with her students both in the classroom and in cultural excursions.  She is serving in TESL London as President Elect and promises that when she is inaugurated as President, she will build no walls...

Marian Holley
Affiliate Representative


Marian is a part-time faculty member in the TESL program at Fanshawe College as well as a full-time ESL Instructor PBLA CLB 2-5 in the Adult ESL program at Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario.  Over the past six years she was worked as an EAP Instructor in several Ontario universities and colleges. In addition she has taught EFL at three universities in Beijing: Peking University (July 2015 and July/August 2014), and two of University of Waterloo’s partner universities (Fall 2013).  She also works part-time as an IELTS Speaking and Writing Examiner. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, a Masters degree from Tyndale University in Toronto, a TES/FL graduate diploma from Algonquin College, MA TESOL from Trinity Western University, TESL Trainer Certification in Theory and Methodology, and active TESL Ontario membership. She has been a presenter at TESL Canada 2015 and TESL Ontario 2012.  She speaks English, French, and Indonesian. She enjoys spending time with her six young adult children whom she affectionately calls her ‘beloved sixpack’!
Jen Artan
Communications Chair


Jen joined TESL London in June, 2013 as Communications Chair.  She has been an active teacher/instructor with TVDSB since 2009.  Prior to that, Jen taught ESL in Istanbul, Turkey to adult learners.   Jen has a background in Human Resources Management, and has found a way to bring this training into the ESL classroom.  She is currently undertaking her Masters in Education from UOIT, and is TESL Ontario's Webinar Manager.

Jen is exploring Learning Management Systems and their applicability to the ESL classroom and has been working with both Desire2Learn and Moodle, with the LearnIT2Teach program. She is currently piloting Google Apps for Education with her Specialized Language Training (SLT) group.

Currently teaching/instructing her SLT program at Wheable (Small Business or Retail), she somehow manages to find time for her sewing circle, book club and competitive taxidermy. 
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Shari White


 Shari White joined TESL London as Secretary in fall, 2016.  Her information is coming shortly!

Susan Stitt
PD Chair
  Susan Stitt has been TESL certified since 2008 and is presently on the supply list for TVDSB.  She has been a volunteer with the LCCLC since 2006 and runs an English conversation circle at the Sherwood Forest Library.  Susan joined TESL London's Executive committee as Events Chair in May, 2013.  Her foremost delight is spending time with her husband and four children. She also enjoys dancing, reading, family history research, archery, hiking, canoeing, camping, and adores her entertaining Jack Russell Terrier, Horatio and her magnificent feline, Maximus. She has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Western University and has taken a writing course in children’s literature.
Brian Courtney
Events Chair
  Brian Courtney stepped in as our Events Chair in early 2016.
Wanda McKay

Paula Medina     Wanda's profile info coming shortly