Brad Horn is the Regional English Language Officer (RELO) for the Southern Cone and is based at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. In the course of his career as a diplomator (a diplomat and educator), Brad has worked with teachers and students of English in Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, the United States, and, most recently, South America. He holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University. His main areas of professional interest and expertise are language policy, assessment, technology-enhanced language learning, and writing and literacy instruction.
Mathilde Verillaud grew up in Washington D.C., Santiago, Chile and Paris, France. She holds a bachelor´s degree and a master´s degree in American Studies from La Sorbonne University and a Certificate in Art History from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She is finishing her second Peace Corps tour as a TEFL volunteer in Ecuador, where she has been training high school English teachers in the Azuay province and implemented extracurricular clubs promoting leadership and communication skills for high school students. She has also been working on a literacy program for children at a women´s shelter. Previously, she taught French at Mount Holyoke College, worked as an assistant at the Paris-based Vassar Wesleyan Program, and served as a TEFL Peace Corps Volunteer (2009-2011) at Lanzhou University of Technology in Gansu, Northwest China, where she taught Oral English and Film courses. She also created an English library, a Photography/Writing club and ran a Film club and a cooking club. She is passionate about Art, cultural exchanges and world cuisines and always seeks to incorporate these in her teaching. Mathilde Verillaud is the English Language Fellow in Argentina, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Argentina. Her host institution is ARICANA the Binational Center in Rosario, for the ten month tenure in 2014.
Rita Aldorino is a former Fulbright Exchange teacher, and worked as an ESOL Instructor in the School District of Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A. during 2004- 2005. She taught courses on Special Didactics and Research in Education at university level, and Teaching Practicum at college in Argentina, as well as Spanish as a FL at university in the USA. At present, Ms Aldorino holds a tenured teaching position in Phonetics and English Language, and in EFL at high school level for all courses. Ms Aldorino regularly delivers lectures on ELT, classroom management strategies and the integration of Phonetics in the mainstream at seminars in Argentina, and at international conferences in Chile, Peru and USA. Her areas of interest are teacher training, ELT strategies, pronunciation, and foreign languages.
María Fernanda Rodriguez (B.A. in English) holds a Specialization in TEFL and a Master in Applied Linguistics. She is a Professor at the English Teaching Training College N° 5 J.E. Tello and a Professor and Researcher in the Universidad National de Jujuy. She was awarded the ‘Teacher Ambassador’ scholarship by the American Embassy. She is AJPI president.
Susana Tuero has a Master’s Degree in TESOL and a Ph. D. in English –Applied Linguistics from Michigan State University, USA. She is currently a full professor at the Departamento de Lenguas Modernas, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, and the director of the research group Cuestiones del Lenguaje; for the last six years she has been a visiting professor at Universidad de Malaga. As a speaker, she has actively participated in national and international conferences. Her research interests are in the areas of vocabulary learning, reading and writing, cognition.