After seven years in various roles at a private language school in Boston, Jen Lacano was eager for a new opportunity to develop her career as a teacher educator. She also looked forward to working abroad again after teaching in Kyrgyzstan for three years before receiving her MA TESOL.
At her school, Lacano’s roles included teaching university preparation courses, presenting professional development workshops, and mentoring teachers, including classroom observation and facilitating reflection. Lacano also presented at regional conferences and taught TESOL methodology classes to preservice teachers.
As an English Language Fellow in Turkey, Lacano worked with future English teachers at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, where every class was an opportunity to model best practices in TESOL methodology, an ideal application of her combined experience. In her secondary projects, Lacano participated in an innovative training program called “e-Teacher Unplugged,” developed a workshop series for a local university, was the closing speaker at a regional conference, and contributed to a colleague’s book. Lacano is returning for a second year as a Fellow, eager for new opportunities to develop as a professional and to contribute to English language teaching in Turkey.