Venezuela Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is a non-profit organization aimed at English teachers in Venezuela. It exists thanks to volunteer work done by its members.
VenTESOLers are actively involved and committed to their mission, which is no other than to develop expertise in English language teaching and learning, as well as to empower the ELT community.
VenTESOL’s main objectives are to:
Meet the team that makes Venezuela TESOL possible
Jesús Sosa holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages from ULA. He is the Head of the Department of English at the School of Modern Languages from ULA Mérida, Managing Director at Academia Angloamericana and current VenTESOL President. His work focuses on the fields of Reading and writing, use of technology in EFL and teacher training.
Reina Ruiz holds a degree in English Language Teaching from UPEL Maturín, she has a Master’s degree in Higher Education, and she is a candidate to a Doctoral degree in Education. She has 14 years of experience in EFL. Her areas of research focus on ICTs, English teacher training, and Assessment. She directs the non-profit English Program for Talented Children.
Miguel Perez is a teacherpreneur. He is the founder and CEO of MFL Academy in San Felipe, Yaracuy. His main areas of interest are Learning Technologies in ELT and Global Citizenship. He has been running MFL Academy for almost 10 years developing English language and scholarship programs for kids, teens and adults. He has also been a speaker and organizer in regional, national and international conferences for English language teachers. He is also a U.S. Department of State Alumni.
Born and raised in Merida, his interest in foreign languages leaded him to study Education at ULA and UPEL. He currently works at a binational center in his hometown as Coordinator of Binational and Cultural Activities, and EFL instructor. He is committed to help teachers and students to fulfill their potential.
Jessica Rivas is an English teacher from Táchira. She holds a B.A. in Education major in Foreign Languages (ULA Táchira), a B.A. in Education major in Philosophy (IUESTA) and a diploma in ICT for Foreign Languages Teaching/Learning (ULA Mérida). She is studying a Master’s degree in Educational Innovation (UPEL). Currently, she is a professor at IUESTA and VenTESOL’s Communications Coordinator.
Gloria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in education majoring in English from Universidad de Carabobo. She has worked mostly with kids.. Currently, she’s working as a preschool teacher. She has been part of VenTESOL for the last 3 years, first as a Helping Hand, then as a State Representative and now she’s VenTESOL Communications Coordinator.
In order to not centralize the working area of VenTESOL, the country has been divided into seven different regions in which each one has its own coordinator who is encharged of promoting ELT activities.