Rebecca "Becky" Challenger
M.A. TESOL (West Chester University)
B.S. Special Education (Millersville University)
Areas of Professional Interest
Given my educational background and experience in Special Education and ESL, I have done a fair amount of work and study in that cross-section. I am also very interested in ESL materials development, culturally sensitive pedagogy, inter-cultural communication and teacher training.
I was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. After my undergraduate studies, I moved to an area outside of Philadelphia where I spent 11 years. During that time, I worked for an Intermediate Unit (which is a “hub” for all school districts in each county in Pennsylvania), working with teachers and staff of a very diverse, urban, low-income pre-school program. My work with teachers focused mainly on the special education process, but when I began my graduate studies in TESOL, I was able to work on professional development for teachers working with ESL students as well as helping them to discern the difference between ESL and special education support. In addition, I have had the opportunity to teach a class of adult ELL’s who were mostly migrant workers from Mexico.
I have been so fortunate to have also had the opportunity to both teach and study internationally. I have studied Spanish in Guatemala and taught English at a University in China.
I love to travel! Some of the places I have visited are France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Holland, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala and China.
I am very excited to teach and learn at OPIE!
Spring 2008– “Preparing teachers for ELLs: Practical applications and strategies for the classroom”; West Chester University TALFL (TESOL/Applied Linguistics/Foreign Language) Conference
Spring 2008 – “Environmental Sustainability in the ESL Classroom”; Penn TESOL
Feb. 21, 2009 – “Teaching English and American Culture in Wuhan, China”; West Chester University TALFL (TESOL/Applied Linguistics/Foreign Language) Conference