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Jackie has been teaching English to multilingual learners for over two decades. First in Central America, then New York, and now in Delaware. She feels passionately about parental engagement programs and advocacy for ELs. Jackie joined DELLTA in 2015 when her family moved to Delaware.
Nigel Caplan (Treasurer) is an Associate Professor and Manager of Graduate Programs and Online Learning at the University of Delaware English Language Institute. Nigel teaches undergraduate and graduate ESL classes as well as courses in the MA TESL degree. He coordinates UD's Additional Certification in ESL/Bilingual (ACE) program and has facilitated the English Learner Summer Institute since 2012. Nigel is excited to be part of DELLTA's mission of promoting multilingualism across Delaware!
Brennan has been teaching multilingual learners for 10 years, first in Central America, Europe, and Asia and now here in Delaware. He has been involved in DELLTA since coming to Delaware
in 2016. Brennan feels passionately about supporting the academic success of multilingual learners and supporting their families in the community.
Executive Board 2022-2023
DELLTA's Advisory Council
Dr. Dianne Abrams
Dr. Dianne Abrams is a retired educator. She has a Ph. D. in Spanish rather than TESOL. However, she has dedicated most of her professional life to teaching TESOL.
She was the ESL Coordinator for Seaford SD for many years. In her retirement she works part-time for the ARTC program, coaching new language teachers. She also reads for Head Start students for the Read Aloud DE program. She believes in good education for all and supports initiatives to help our ELs of all ages to succeed.
Eileen DeGregoriis was the EL Coordinator for the Smyrna School District in Delaware for many years. For more than 20 years she taught French and ESL to grades K-12. She is an advocate for ELs and has served on many DDOE and state committees involving EL issues. Ms. DeGregoriis served as the President of DELLTA for four years. Under her leadership DELLTA urged State representatives to consider the need for additional funding for pre- K through 12th grade ELs in Delaware, advocated for a required ESL course for preservice general education teachers, and stressed the importance of protecting the rights of undocumented ELs and their families.
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