BUILDING A FOUNDATION
Begin your education in the United States by developing the skills you need to be successful in the academic classroom. Western Carolina University's Intensive English Program is the place to start.
Jill Cargile is the Director of the Intensive English Program. Prior to coming to WCU in 2013, she served as the Director of Special Programs and as a faculty member at the University of Oregon where she developed grant-funded programs for international scholars and language teachers. Jill's major areas of work and research in the United States and for 20 years internationally in Egypt (The American Univ in Cairo), Turkey (Nat'l Coordinator of US Dept of State's English Language Fellows), Japan (Int'l Univ of Japan) and Kuwait (AMIDEAST) have focused on: program development and administration; teaching and assessment of academic writing and Business Communication; freshman composition; curriculum development for EAP and executive training programs; cross-cultural communication; and teacher training, development and evaluation. She received an MA in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She speaks and reads, to varying degrees, French, Turkish, and Arabic. Jill serves on the Board of Directors for the Consortium for Women Leaders in Public Service, a US/Peruvian non-profit organization that provides leadership training and mentoring to women in North and South America.
Ashlea Green is the Core Instructor in the Intensive English Program. Green has a B.A. in English with TESOL certification from Old Dominion University, graduate course work in Instructional Technology at Georgia State University, course work in British history and politics at Oxford University, and an M.A. in TESOL/Linguistics from Ohio University, where she was awarded outstanding teaching assistant of the year. In addition to teaching ESL in university and community college settings, her experiences as an educator have ranged from working with Vietnamese refugees to teaching undergraduate linguistics courses to conducting teacher-training seminars for ESL/EFL educators. Green's administrative experience includes directing USAID/IIE-funded programs for Egyptian EFL teachers and teacher-trainers, and, just prior to coming to Western Carolina University, overseeing a creative services office, where she received national recognition for her design work. Recently, she has had work published in several TESOL publications, including "New Ways of Classroom Assessment" (2013) and "Language Teaching: Insights from Other Fields" (2014), and is currently conducting a study of faculty reading, writing and assessment expectations. Green has taught in Western Carolina University's Intensive English Program since 2010.
Hilary Lindler is on the Admissions Specialist for the Intensive English Program. She has lived in Cullowhee for over a decade, and attended Western Carolina University as both an undergraduate and a graduate student. When she was an undergraduate, Hilary studied abroad in Rennes, France through WCU’s International Programs and Services Office (IPS). Before becoming the IEP Admissions Specialist, she volunteered with IPS for over seven years.
Jordan Parsons is an Instructor in the Intensive English Program. She graduated with honors with a B.S. in Communication and B.A. in Spanish ('09) from Western Carolina University. During that time she spent a semester in Monterry, Mexico studying Spanish, through WCU’s International Program’s and Services Office (IPS), and spent her final semester interning at WLOS-News13 in Asheville, NC. She completed her M.A.T. in TESOL also at WCU ('11), and taught two years of private elementary school before joining the IEP upon graduation in January of 2012. When she is not teaching, she spends her time raising her two future catamounts with her husband in Cullowhee. The Parsons are avid sports fans and are active members of the local community.
Jana Williams is an Instructor in the IEP. A native of Texas, Jana moved to Asheville with her husband in 1993, after having lived in Jordan and Yemen for 13 years doing medical microbiology. Prior to that, she had worked at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston for 5 years. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana (Geaux Cajuns!) with a B.S. in biology and M. S. in microbiology. Her education also includes stints at a seminary in New Orleans and classical Arabic study at Harvard. Upon returning from the Middle East, she and her husband became the proud parents of twin boys, now 21 years old. She earned the M.A. in T.E.S.O.L. from WCU and has been an instructor in the I.E.P since 2013.
Jennifer Gemma, Instructor in the IEP, has been an ESL instructor for 15 years and a teacher trainer for over 10. She hold a BA in Communications and Masters in TESOL from St. Mary's College in California. Originally from the Bay Area, Jennifer moved to the beautiful mountains of Asheville last spring. She has taught and trained in various countries such as Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Korea and Africa. She has experience in Intensive English programs and has also worked at the community college level. When she is not teaching ESL, she is working with her two business partners on other projects related to curriculum design and training in the field of adult education.