Community ESL Faculty & Staff

Anne PettiAnne Petti
Director, Center for Adult Education and Community ESL
Petti has worked with refugees and immigrants since 1991 when she started her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Michigan State University. Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of different areas related to language learning and teaching. She taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for about seven years in community college and university settings in the U.S., as well as overseas in Hungary, Mexico, and Brazil. She has also worked as an ESL and Adult Education textbook writer and editor since 1999. From 2005-2010, Anne worked in refugee resettlement, both as a supervisor of refugee resettlement and employment, and as a developer and manager of education programs (ESL and vocational training). In her current position as director of the Center for Adult Education at the Community College of Aurora, she oversees the college’s High School Equivalency (GED), Community ESL, and Bridge programs.

 

Jackie Zvejnieks standing in front of a waterfallJackie Zvejnieks
Program Director, Community ESL Program
Jackie is the Program Director for the Community ESL program. She has been with CCA and the Community ESL Program since 2015 and has worked with immigrants and refugees in various capacities since 2009. Before joining CCA, she taught English to non-native speakers in Greece and in China and spent time traveling to experience different cultures and languages around the world. She has a BA in languages from the University of New Mexico and a MA in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Sussex in England.

 

 

 

Keenan Sweigart

Program Coordinator, Community ESL Program

Keenan has been with the Community ESL Program since the Summer 2019 as the Program Coordinator. Prior to his work at the Community College of Aurora, he was a teacher and researcher in the area of  ESL on the East Coast, where he worked with a variety of ESL learners at elementary and high schools, community colleges, and universities/graduate schools, as well as at businesses and professional organizations. He received a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) in the Department of Applied Linguistics and a B.A. in German Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the Pennsylvania State University. As a Bachelor student, Keenan lived and studied in Germany, and during his M.A. he held a lectureship in German at the Pennsylvania State University. 

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