Dr. Kimberly Niezgoda, Program Coordinator and Instructor
ESL 501: Approaches to Teaching Second Languages
Assistant Director for English as a Second Language (ESL)
Dr. Niezgoda established the Intensive English Program at Wilkes University in June 2006. She began coordinating the master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) in December 2009. She is currently working toward her doctorate in higher education administration at Wilkes University. In 1999, Kimberly earned her M.A. in English as a second language from the University of Hawaii. Her research, “Pragmatic and Grammatical Awareness: A Function of the Learning Environment?” was published by Cambridge University Press (2001). Kimberly obtained her B.A. in history from the College of Wooster, focusing her studies on medieval history and political science. She came to Wilkes after working in Japan, where she served as an assistant professor of English. Prior to attending the University of Hawaii, Kimberly served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Kimberly has also taught English as a foreign language (EFL) methodology courses at Palacky University’s Pedagogical Department in Olomouc.
ESL 507: Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition
Eduardo L. Antonetti holds a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Georgetown University, an M.S.T. in secondary education from New School University, and an M.S. in educational leadership from Wilkes University. He also completed a TESOL and bilingual education certificate program at Fordham University and has presented at professional conferences regarding the assessment of bilingual students and English language learners.
Eduardo has worked as a TESOL and bilingual educator with adolescent and adult immigrant students in New York City and also taught high school social studies in New York and Pennsylvania for fourteen years. As special assistant to Puerto Rico’s secretary of education, he supported the implementation of an English language education program in Puerto Rico’s public school system. Before joining the faculty at Wilkes University, Eduardo taught graduate TESOL courses at Misericordia University. He is currently the assistant principal of the Abington Heights Middle School.
Daniela DiGregorio, Ph.D., is originally from the Czech Republic, where she obtained B.A. and M.A. degrees in teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). She taught EFL to Czech high school students for four years and organized educational trips to London. After moving to the United States, Dr. DiGregorio pursued an M.A. degree and ESL certification at Marywood University. Dr. DiGregorio has been working as an ESL curriculum specialist and program coordinator at Northeast Intermediate Unit 19 for the past eight years. In December 2009, she obtained her Ph.D. in composition and teaching English to speakers of other languages from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focused on the second language acquisition of internationally adopted children from Russia. Dr. DiGregorio has presented at national and international conferences on topics of second language acquisition, assessment, ESL teaching methods and accommodations for English language learners. She is fluent in Czech and English and speaks Russian and Spanish at an intermediate level.
ESL 506: Teaching the Four Skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking ESL 509: Computer-Assisted Language Learning
Susan Featro earned B.A. in German and in music from Lycoming College and earned her M.Ed. in teaching and curriculum from Penn State University. Susan has also completed Penn State's ESL certificate program. She is certified to teach ESL, German and music in Pennsylvania and has taught all three subjects at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Susan teaches German to seventh grade students in the Pleasant Valley School District, where she serves on the school's Diversity Task Force and Accreditation for Growth committee. Susan is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership, specializing in instructional technology at Wilkes University. Susan has published a research study in The Teacher Trainer, and her writing has also been featured in the National Gallery of Writing.
Melissa Myers earned a B.S. in elementary education, with a concentration in reading, from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She completed the honors program by presenting her thesis on “Guided Reading, A Balanced Approach to Literacy Instruction”. She earned her M.S. in educational leadership from Wilkes University with K-12 principal certification and has completed an ESL certificate program at King’s College. Melissa was a student teacher at Essex Primary School, London, England, where there are over 40 languages or dialects spoken by students. She received the Colonial Intermediate Unit’s 2007 Excellence in Education Award for her efforts in co-establishing and sustaining an award winning ESL parent outreach program, ESL Home/School Connection. Melissa is the ESL Department Head for Pocono Mountain school district.