WTP staff members
Tessa Mearns (coordinator)
Tessa Mearns is a teacher educator on the World Teachers Programme and researcher at ICLON. Tessa trained as a teacher following her Modern Foreign Languages degree in the UK. Since relocating to the Netherlands, she has predominantly taught English in one of the country’s largest TTO schools, which she is now leaving to take up her position here.
In 2015, she completed her PhD, entitled ‘Chicken, egg or a bit of both? Motivation in bilingual education (TTO) in the Netherlands’, at the University of Aberdeen and Utrecht University.
Her main interests as a teacher and researcher are CLIL, the roles of language and subject teachers in bilingual education, curriculum development, and attitudes and motivation.
Errol Ertugruloglu is a teacher educator in the World Teacher Programme at ICLON. He also teaches Social Studies and Geography at Wolfert Tweetalig in Rotterdam. He became part of the WTP team in 2014 and is responsible for the seminars on CLIL and is the coordinator of the international internships.
Janneke Geursen (coordinator)
Janneke Geursen is a teacher educator in the World Teachers Programme at ICLON. She worked as a teacher of English at a secondary school before becoming a teacher educator and foreign language methodologist at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
During her 14 years at the VU she taught and trained both pre-service and inservice teachers at all career levels, focusing on the teaching of language- and thinking skills. She was involved in the development of a training programme for teacher educators and takes part in several national committees related to the teaching of English. She became part of the WTP team at ICLON at the start of 2014 and also participates in the Professional Learning Community for teachers of English in Bilingual Schools.
Alina Ilie worked as a teacher of English Literature and Argumentation at the University of Illinois, Carbondale, USA.
She received her Master of Arts in 2004 - her thesis was " Dance as a metaphor of sexuality in Jane Austen's novels". She did research on 18th century British Literature. Alina also wrote a thesis on Eugene O'Neill and the revival of tragedy.
Alina became a teacher of English as part of the International baccalaureate at Wolfert bilingual and very quickly was invited to become schoolbased teacher educator. Two years ago she was introduced to the WTP programme, which she helped implement at Wolfert van Borselen Bilingual.
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