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Faculty and Staff



Mark Algren

Executive Director, CELL

Mark Professional Pic

Mark Algren has been an ESL/EFL teacher and program administrator since 1979. In addition to over 20 years of university work in the United States, he has spent 14 years teaching in and directing intensive English programs in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and teaching for a year in Hong Kong. He was a teacher/administrator/director at the University of Kansas Applied English Center from 1993-2014. He has been active in the professional association, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL International), as a presenter at conferences, author, and member of interest sections, standing committees and the Board of Directors (including convention chair for TESOL 2003-Baltimore). He was the TESOL President in 2009-2010. Over the years, he has made over 100 invited, juried, keynote and featured speaker presentations in 18 countries on 4 continents. With a strong interest in professionalism, standards and accreditation, he has served on the TESOL Professional Development Committee and on a task force to develop the self-study guide for international review for CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and is a program site reviewer for CEA. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, traveling, and baking.


Irene Juzkiw

Senior Associate Director, CELL 

Director, ELSP

Irene JuzkiwAfter completing her M.A. degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Irene taught in UIUC’s Intensive English Institute for three years before joining the University of Missouri as co-director of the English language programs in 1978. In addition to overseeing the English Language Support Program and assisting with the Intensive English Program, she has taught courses to international graduate and undergraduate students in grammar, writing, oral communication, and pronunciation. In her free time, Irene enjoys sailing, cycling the wonderful trails in Missouri, and traveling and eating food from all over the world. As director of the ELSP, she looks forward to growing the program as the University increases its international student population.


Lily Sorenson

Associate Director, CELL

Director, IEP

Lily Sorenson

Lily has an M.A. in TESOL and has been actively involved in the field for more than 18 years. She has taught in a number of different university ESL programs including here at the University of Missouri, Brigham Young University, Northeastern University, Boston University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Indiana University. Besides teaching, she has worked on a variety of different committees and helped with curriculum development. While at Northeastern University, she was the Assistant Director of International Academic Programs. She has experience in teaching all different levels and subjects. She has presented professionally several times. She is interested in program development, and the use of technology in the classroom. She loves to travel, read, eat great food, and spend time with her family.


Administrative Support

Jayme Palmgren

Administrative Assistant, CELLJayme Palmgren, Administrative Assistant, CELL

Jayme was born and raised in Missouri. She received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Westminster College. She also attended the University of Winchester in England for an academic year after receiving a scholarship to study abroad. She loved being able to travel to places like Istanbul while abroad and hopes to travel more in the future. Currently, she is working on continuing her education with a Master’s degree in Public Affairs. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, sewing, hiking and spending time with her partner and their critters.



The faculty of the Center for English Language Learning (CELL) are very competent and well-trained professionals who have been carefully selected for their ability and dedication to the field of Teaching English as a Second Language. Most have lived and taught abroad and speak other languages. All the instructors have many years of experience teaching English. They are genuinely concerned about their students and are sensitive to the students’ cultural, academic, and personal needs. The instructors frequently meet with students outside of class for one-on-one tutoring. Because CELL instructors are friendly and caring, students often consult them on personal and other matters.

Liza Armstrong

Liza earned an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University. Before teaching at the Center for English Language Learning at the University of Missouri, Liza taught in other university intensive English programs in Arizona, Morocco, and Missouri, where she grew up and earned a B.S. in English-Linguistics from Truman State University. She enjoys teaching English to both beginning and advanced English language learners and is particularly interested in teaching composition, reading, and information literacy skills. She also likes traveling abroad and has been to countries in Europe, North Africa, and Central America.

Mary BrowningMary Browning

Mary’s first “real” job out of university in 1976 was in ESOL, and she’s continued in this rewarding profession ever since because of the motivation and diversity of the student population. Mary has a BA in Linguistics, a Graduate Diploma in TESOL, and an MA in Comparative Education/ESOL from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Having taught in a variety of educational settings in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, Mary especially enjoys working with adults in Intensive English, Bridge/Pathway, and Adult Education ESOL programs.  In addition to teaching, Mary has had a variety of administrative ESOL positions as well as teaching both face-to-face and online TESOL courses to future teachers. Professionally, Mary’s interests include teaching and scoring writing, including 10 years as a scorer for the Oregon Statewide Writing Assessment, and teaching reading, critical thinking, and a variety of electives.  After growing up in the Deep South, residing in Canada for a decade, and living in the West and Pacific Northwest for many years, Mary enjoys living in Missouri with its four distinct seasons and closer proximity to family.

Amy JammehAmy Jammeh

Amy Jammeh is currently an instructor in the Center for English Language Learning (CELL) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her B.A. in Spanish from Truman State University and her M.A. TESOL degree from University of Central Missouri. During 2014-2015, she was selected to participate in a U.S. State Department program (English Language Fellow) in Vinh, Vietnam. In this capacity, she taught English language learners at Vinh University and planned, organized, and assisted with teacher-training workshops and professional development projects throughout the country. Before her fellowship in Vietnam, she was a full-time instructor in the English Language Center at her alma mater, the University of Central Missouri. During her seven year career there, she served as the chair of student activities, was a member of the department’s curriculum committee, assisted in the CEA accreditation of UCM’s Intensive English Program, mentored new faculty, and recruited international students in various countries such as Japan, South Korea, Chile, and Mexico. She was also selected to be the faculty advisor for short-term service learning courses in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Poland, and India. She is a member of MIDTESOL and International TESOL. In addition to her professional commitments, Amy enjoys participating in community service activities sponsored by her local Rotary club, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and her adorable two cats.

Farrah Littlepage

Farrah LittlepageFarrah Littlepage was born and raised in mid-Missouri. Her second language is Spanish, and she completed both her bachelor’s degree in English Education and her Master’s Degree in TESOL at the University of Missouri. She spent a semester in Ecuador as an international student in 2005, and taught for a short time in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2011. She has taught English at the high school, adult education, and university level. Farrah enjoys working with students one-on-one to improve their pronunciation skills, and she incorporates collaborative learning into lessons on a daily basis. Farrah is interested in the use of technology to aid learning both inside and outside the classroom. She also enjoys dance, literature, volunteering with kids, and piano.


Katie McClinticKatie McClintic

Katie McClintic has a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri and an M.A.T. in TEFL from Webster University. She has taught English as a Second Language for more than 15 years in both the US and abroad.  Prior to teaching at MU, she taught ESL at the University of Kansas. She has also taught EFL in Spain and Japan.  In addition, she worked as an English Language Fellow with the US Department of State in Indonesia, where she conducted teacher training, developed outreach projects, and worked in curriculum development.  Her professional interests include the use of technology in teaching ESL/EFL, course and materials development, and teaching about American culture.  In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures, reading, and spending time with her family.

Debbie Parker

Debbie Parker
Debbie Parker’s ancestors on her father’s side of her family have lived in Missouri since before it became a state. One of her relatives helped to found Missouri University. Debbie has taught in the IEP for over 20 years. She enjoys helping students improve their: aural comprehension, communication, and reading. She likes to write and has had numerous works of poetry and prose (fiction and non-fiction) published. Debbie also coordinates two conversation partner programs where she matches IEP students with American students at MU and IEP students with volunteers at Lenoir, a retirement community. She loves meeting new students and learning about them and their cultures.


Nancy Price

Nancy has a B.A. in Foreign Language Teaching (French major, Spanish minor) from Illinois State University and a M.A. in TESL from the University of Illinois. She has been teachiNancy Priceng ESL at MU since 1981. Nancy studied abroad in France, and she has visited countries in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Nancy’s areas of interest are grammar and pronunciation. Nancy’s favorite pastimes outside of teaching are swimming, reading, sewing, and watching sports.

Brianna Romero

Brianna RomeroBrianna Romero’s interest in other cultures and languages was cultivated at an early age, when her family lived in Germany, and she was exposed to the language and culture there. Brianna ultimately went on to complete her B.A. in German at the University of Arkansas, which included a yearlong study abroad program in Graz, Austria. Afterwards, she received the Fulbright Award to teach English in Austria. Following that year, she obtained her M.A. in German literature and then taught English and German in Thailand. Shifting her focus from German to ESL, Brianna received an M.A. in TESL and Linguistics from Oklahoma State University while teaching composition classes and tutoring students in writing. She has taught reading, writing and grammar, listening, speaking, and pronunciation courses of various levels in three different intensive English programs. Brianna enjoys the outdoors, salsa dancing, and spending time with her daughter.

Joe Scott

Joe ScottJoe Scott was born in Columbia, Missouri, and after teaching EFL in Taiwan and Poland, he has returned to Columbia, where he has been studying and teaching since 2003. He has a B.A. in English with a minor in French from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri; an M.Ed. from Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts; a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in twentieth-century American literature from the University of Missouri; and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL from the University of Missouri. He is particularly interested in teaching grammar and academic writing, and in his free time he enjoys hanging out with his cats, watching movies, baking homemade bread, and playing guitar.

Jason Shaver

Jason ShaverJason completed a B.A. in International Studies and International Communication with minors in Spanish, Russian, and German from Missouri Southern State University in his hometown, Joplin, MO. He earned an M.Ed. in TESOL from Grand Canyon University. Jason has experience studying, working, and volunteering abroad in Austria, Germany, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and the former Yugoslavia. He has been teaching ESL and EFL since 2003. He has taught ESL at Crowder College, Conception Seminary, and Northwest Missouri State University, all in Missouri. He has also taught Spanish and cultural studies. Two of his favorite areas of academic interest are metacognition and constructivist theory in language learning. In addition to travel, Jason loves to spend time with his family taking in the outdoor beauty of his native Ozarks.

Paula Snyder

Paula Snyder
After completing her B.A. in English Literature, traveling, and working abroad in England and Israel, Paula returned to the University of Illinois for her M.A. in TESL. She served as an English Teaching Fellow in Cuenca, Ecuador, and worked in Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt, where she taught EFL and trained local teachers. Her ESL experience includes teaching ESL to Department of Defense dependents in Butzbach and Bad Nauheim Elementary Schools in Germany, to adults in a Raleigh, North Carolina, public school parent program she coordinated, to students in community colleges in Raleigh and Champaign, Illinois, and now to students at the University of Missouri in both the IEP and ELSP programs. Professionally, she likes the challenge of teaching a variety of skills and levels.


Sara SulkoSara Sulko

Sara, originally from Wisconsin, received her B.A. in Communication and Spanish. She studied abroad in Spain while enjoying the architectural works of Gaudi. She received her M.A. TESOL from the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Her areas of interest include experiences of novice teachers, intercultural communication, and student self-evaluation. In her spare time, she enjoys indoor and outdoor container gardening, board games, and reading.

Carly Vogelsang

Carly went into the field of ESL teaching because she was inspired by the bravery of immigrants, refugees, and international students who have chosen to make the incredible journey of learning, working, and living in a new country.  She taught at a variety of universities in the Midwest including Indiana University, the University of Northern Iowa, and Kansas State University before landing back in her home-state of Missouri at MU.  In her free time, Carly enjoys spending time with her dog, working out, reading, and writing.  Professionally, her interests lean toward technology assisted learning, literacy skills, and technical communication for STEM students and professionals.

Patty WaylandPatty Wayland

Patty earned her master’s degree in reading and literacy from the University of Missouri, with additional study in second language acquisition. She worked in the public schools for 16 years before moving to the university level and now has 20 years of experience teaching international students. In her spare time, Patty is a mixed media artist. She enjoys using her creativity in the classroom to make language learning fun. Patty also enjoys gardening and white water rafting with her family.


Kaitlin WestbrookKaitlin Westbrook

Kaitlin Westbrook was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Music from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She completed her Master’s Degree in TESOL with an emphasis in Linguistics at the University of Kansas. Kaitlin spent a summer in Germany as an exchange student in 2006 and has dreams of traveling to Indonesia in the future. After instructing in the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas, Kaitlin went on to direct the Intensive English Program at Missouri Southern State University. Her Cherokee heritage has sparked an interest in language revitalization and she enjoys helping students develop a voice through oral instruction and training. In her spare time, Kaitlin loves to play Beethoven sonatas, try new eats, and read the latest crime novel.

Kris WingoKristian Wingo

Kris has a B.A. in English Literature and German from Beloit College in Wisconsin. He studied abroad in Germany in 2008. After earning his B.A., he taught abroad in South Korea. Later, he earned his M.A. TESL in his hometown of Champaign, Illinois at University of Illinois, where he also taught courses in listening and speaking, grammar, and pronunciation. He has tutored students in pronunciation, conversation, and writing; his students have ranged in age from 5 to over 50 years old.  He likes using technology in the classroom, incorporating students’ interests in his classes, and making learning fun.