Project Team

Opportunity for Immigrants Through ESL

MaryAnn Florez

MaryAnn is the program Coordinator for Fairfax County (VA) Public School’s Adult ESOL Program. Previously, she was the Director of the Adult Education Professional Development Center of D.C. Learns, overseeing professional development for the District’s ABE, GED, and adult ESOL educators. MaryAnn also served as the lead ESL specialist at the Arlington Educational and Employment Program (REEP), and as the Assistant Director of the National Center for ESL Literacy Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics. She holds a master’s degree in adult education from George Mason University. MaryAnn authored the instructional materials for the literacy level of the Lifeprints adult ESL series from New Readers Press, and has been a series consultant for the Center Stage series and materials developer for the Futures series, both from Pearson. During 2007, she was chair of TESOL’s Adult Education Interest Section.

Betsy Parrish

Betsy is professor and coordinator of the Adult ESL and TEFL Certificate Programs in the School of Education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She established the TEFL Program in 1991 and the Adult Certificate Program in 1995. She is the author of the widely used textbook Teaching Adult ESL (McGraw Hill 2004), and the author of Four Point: Listening and Speaking Advanced (University of Michigan Press, 2009), an ESL text for academic listening and speaking. In addition to her work in the U.S. in adult ESL, she has worked as an ESL/EFL teacher, teacher educator, and consultant in France, South Asia, and Russia. Betsy frequently provides professional development workshops in adult ESL and community college programs throughout the country. She has represented adult ESL interests as co-chair of the MinneTESOL Adult Interest Section and on the TESOL Nominating Committee.

Barbara Allaire

Barbara is the director of the New American Horizons Foundation. She has a background in adult ESL with a TEFL certificate from Hamline University. Prior to her work with the Foundation, she was an editor and author of educational materials for adolescents at Saint Mary’s Press, Winona, Minnesota, and a training specialist at hospitals in Philadelphia. She has a master’s degree in Sociology from Temple University.

Federico Muchnik

Federico is a writer/director whose work has been shown at the Sundance, New York and Toronto film festivals. As producer of Destinos, a PBS/WGBH-TV series for learning Spanish, Federico traveled throughout Europe and South America filming this acclaimed series. He also wrote, produced, directed, and edited the videos for Thomson/Heinle’s ESL series, World Link (2005). Among his documentary films are Touching History: Harvard Square, The Bank and The Tasty Diner (2005) and One Brick At A Time: Building People At An Inner City Youth Center (2007). He is the writer/producer/director and editor of Interchange, a four-level ESL DVD series produced for Cambridge University Press. Federico has a BFA in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, and speaks four languages. Visit

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