Listee Features — Language

Peggy Edwards

PEGGY P. EDWARDS

A consummate educator, author and illustrator, Peggy P. Edwards taught at all levels, university through preschool, focusing on language — thus her fascination for storytelling and writing. She authored “Alfabeto Crossover Alphabet” and “Lalalandia” in addition to organizing the publication of six volumes of “Village Stories.” Her teaching career was launched at 7 in Mexico, teaching English to eager Spanish speakers. They, in turn, told her their stories. After graduating from a bilingual high school in Mexico City, her father, an American businessman, enrolled her at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Latin American affairs. Upon graduating, she flew for Braniff Airlines as a stewardess and met her first husband. They travelled north

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Rhoda Kayakjuak

RHODA KAYAKJUAK

Rhoda Kayakjuak is one of Canada’s most prominent Inuktitut interpreters and translators, and has earned distinction as an ambassador for Canadian Aboriginal culture. Growing up facing the tension of navigating both a traditional and a colonized lifestyle, she found that her language skills were a bridge between the two and a vessel to share her culture. In 1984, Ms. Kayakjuak completed coursework at Thebacha Campus, NWT, and has pursued additional study in translation and localization through Lionbridge. In 1990, Ms. Kayakjuak was welcomed to the Canadian government’s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, where she served as a communications officer and public engagement team leader until 1994. Between 1995 and 1999, she worked directly with the Nunavut Planning Commission as an

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Alicia Eller

ALICIA SUÁREZ ELLER

Growing up, Alicia Suárez Eller’s parents taught in the fields of music and agriculture in Chile. Eventually, she made the decision to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a teacher. Upon relocating to North Carolina during the early 1960s, she attended Louisburg College and earned an Associate of Arts in 1965. Soon thereafter, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish teaching, cum laude, from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1970. Ms. Eller began her career as a fourth grade teacher at Gold Sand Elementary School in Louisburg, North Carolina, between 1970 and 1974. She further assumed employment with Louisburg High School as a Spanish teacher from 1975 until her retirement in 2001. After retiring as a

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Josephine Hendin

JOSEPHINE GATTUSO HENDIN

Josephine Gattuso Hendin, PhD, is a tenured professor at New York University (NYU), who has been teaching on campus since 1979. An expert in American literature, American modernism, and contemporary and postmodern literature, her areas of interest also include psychology and literature, ethnicity and literature, and creative writing. During her tenure at NYU, she served as the Tiro A. Segno professor of Italian American studies between 2001 and 2010, chaired the English department between 1995 and 1999, and was director of the expository writing program during 1983. Considering her chairman role to be one of her greatest accomplishments, Dr. Hendin was able to create a curriculum for students, which was an honor. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, she was

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JACQUETTA ANDERSON DAVIS

Jacquetta Anderson Davis has accumulated more than 38 years in education as an English language educator and curriculum writer for English as a second language at the East Windsor Regional School District in Hightstown, New Jersey. Hired by the school district in 1981 just after completing a bachelor’s degree, she also spent 15 years as a missionary and evangelist at various churches throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey between 1975 and 1990. Additionally, she spent one year as a foreign missionary on the Fiji Islands through the United Missionary Fellowship Inc., in Sacramento, California, during 1978. Outside of her full-time commitments in the classroom, Ms. Davis was involved with the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages International Association, where

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Slavica Esnault-Pelterie

SLAVICA ESNAULT-PELTERIE

While she was living in Paris, Slavica Esnault-Pelterie met Evan Galebright, who was the U.S. ambassador in that city. He told her that he was looking for someone for American Express Bank, and that she was the perfect candidate for private banking because of the degrees she earned. She pursued a formal education at the University of Belgrade in Serbia, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature in 1973. She then matriculated at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where she attained a Master of Arts in economics, political science and law, with honors, in 1975. Ms. Esnault-Pelterie would like to continue to work in in private banking, and she has since opened new markets in Dubai, United Arab

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GINGER C. OPOCZENSKI WHITTINGTON

Working to support her four children, Virginia “Ginger” C. Opoczenski Whittington’s father immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1910 in order to avoid serving in the Russian Czar’s Army. Ironically, he became a citizen by volunteering as a member of the American Army Artillery and saw action in World War I. Her mother’s parents also immigrated from Poland in about 1900, before their marriage and her birth as the oldest child of nine in 1903 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Ms. Whittington was interested in teaching Spanish, which was her major, and it fit in with her children’s schedule with having summers off. Once she got into it, she learned to be an effective teacher and she could understand how

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Zema Jordan

ZEMA L. JORDAN

Ever since she was young, Dr. Zema L. Jordan has loved English, writing and language. She was driven to help others find that same passion, and found education to be the perfect way to do so. She understood everything the teacher was talking about through writing notes to be sure she would remember what the teacher said. She always knew she wanted to teach, and thinks that sometimes your elementary teachers inspire you in some way. Although you’re only 5 or 6 years old, they leave an impression on you for life. The youngest of eight children, Dr. Jordan grew up in a private school that was a part of a college, and she was always on campus with students

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Leslie Grainger-Haynes

LESLIE GRAINGER-HAYNES

Traveling often with her mother, the owner of Taos Travel Agency, in her youth, Leslie Grainger-Haynes wanted to learn different languages so that she could speak to other people in their language. Today, she attributes much of her success as an adult to her education at Kent School for Girls for giving inspiring her. Ms. Grainger-Haynes served two decades as the president of International Transition Services in Denver from 1990 to 2010, previously serving in the same role at International Translation Services in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1980 to 1986. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Grainger-Haynes provided translation services to the entertainment industry, U.S. Tobacco and Nissan Manufacturing in Tennessee. Likewise, she provided translation and interpretive services for the entertainment

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Elisabeth Wilton

ELISABETH S. WILTON

Adept in linguistics and psychology, Elisabeth S. Wilton, PhD, claims language is her first and greatest love because she likes words and why people speak the way they do. As president of her own company for 17 years, consulting at Wilton Associate, Inc. in McLean, Virginia, she worked with other contractors for the government. A couple of times Dr. Wilton contracted directly with the government. However, most of the time she was a sub-contractor to other contractors. She was doing training with the new employees that were hired. Prior to this role, Dr. Wilton began her career as a linguist, translating French, German, Spanish, and Romanian, for the U.S. government in Washington in 1959, remaining in this role for two

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