Instructors & Staff
All instructors are experienced in culturally and linguistically diverse issues in education. Each demonstrates strengths in different areas of need for CLD students ranging throughout elementary, middle school and senior high school levels. Their experience includes both positions as ELL or ELD specialists and /or regular-education teachers in a variety of districts and situations statewide.
Vince Eberly, English Language Development and Russian Teacher at Central Valley School District Spokane,teaches EDU 362/562, ELL Methodology. Vince teaches high school ELD and Russian classes and coordinates the ELD program in the Central Valley district. He also advises mainstream teacher in teaching of ELD students, and coordinates the district's state mandated English language proficiency testing. He has served as an ESD 101 STEP*Star Network instructor, teaching a live, on-air interactive distance learning class called ESL at Work. Vince received his Bachelor's in Russian from the University of Washington, and his Master's from Lesley College. He also received post-graduate training in ESL from Eastern Washington University.
Natasha Gerasimchuk, K-5 ELD Specialist for Central Valley School District in Spokane, teaches EDU 561. A native of Ukraine, Natasha began her teaching career as an elementary bilingual teacher in Agawam, Massachusetts, where she participated in designing and implementing of Transitional Bilingual Program and Sheltered English Immersion Program for English Language Learners. Since 2005 Natasha serves as K-5 English Language Development specialist for Central Valley School District where she facilitates successful inclusion of ELLs into mainstream classrooms in fourteen elementary schools by providing professional development opportunities to staff on issues of second language acquisition, culture adaptation, and research- based strategies for educating ELLs. Natasha earned her Bachelor of Education Degree from Kiev State Pedagogical University in Ukraine and Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Elms College.
Mandy Manning teaches English Language Development at Ferris High School. Prior to coming to Spokane, Mandy taught in both Amarillo, Texas and Bronx, New York. She began her career teaching in the Peace Corps, as a TEFL volunteer in Armenia. She also spent two years teaching with the JET programme in Sapporo, Japan. Mandy truly believes that teaching is her calling, as she originally set out to be a filmmaker, but after getting a taste of the classroom in Armenia, she hasn't been able to stop for 14 years.
In addition to teaching, Mandy holds a Master's in Communications and a Master's of Fine Art in Fiction Writing, as well as National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood/English as a New Language. She makes as much time as she can for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys horror stories and young adult fiction (although, she'll pretty much devour any book she can get her hands on). She writes strange short fiction and YA novels. To make her life even more full, she has a beautiful two-year-old son, two awesome step kids, and a wonderful husband. Mandy loves to travel and experience new places and cultures. She is excited to join the faculty of Whitworth University.
Victorya Rouse, English Language Development Program Coordinator Spokane Public Schools District #81, teaches EDU 567. Victorya began her teaching career in the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa. Since returning to the USA, she has taught English Language Development to post-graduate international students and children of recent immigrants. Since 1992, she has served as the English Language Development instructor at Ferris High School in Spokane Public Schools, providing in-service training to faculty, and serving as liaison among the mainstream teachers, administrators and English Language Development program. In fall 2007, she became the instructor for the district's Newcomer Center. She holds a Bachelor's from Utah State University and Master's from Walden University.
Anne Wilcox, Director of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Studies, teaches EDU 562, EDU 563, and EDU 565. Anne is Whitworth University's Teacher in Residence. She is also the director of the university's on-campus and on-line English Language Learner programs. Her 18 years in K-12 classrooms have focused on English as a New Language Methodology in addition to Academic Language Instruction and Assessment. She has taught academic writing skills to CLD learners at the university level. Anne enjoys consulting for school districts concerning English Proficiency and Special Education plus CLD issues. She holds a Bachelor's in English and Master's in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University.
Gregg Brekke, director of English for international students, teaches EDU 561/361, Second Language Acquisition; EIS 106-108, English for International Students; EL 453, Introduction to Linguistics,; and Core 350, Language and Society. He is an assistant professor in the department of world languages and cultures.
Gregg enjoys linguistics, languages and culture. His 25 years in teaching began in a K-12 Christian School in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, where he also met his wife. Since returning to the U.S., he has taught at Fort Wright Institute, the Spokane branch of Mukogawa Women's University, and, for the past 15 years, at Whitworth University. Gregg holds a bachelor's degree in English from Whitworth , and a master's degree in linguistics from the University of Montana.