Staff

  • Angie Harris

  • ESL to Go Co-Founder

Angela served as a high school English teacher in the US Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea from 1991-1993.  From the Pacific, she continued teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in South Korea. There she designed the ESL program for Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul and directed the program for 3.5 years. From 1998-1999, Angela was an ESL Instructor for the USIS American Language Center (ALC) in Kathmandu, Nepal. She then helped privatize ALC and became the Assistant Director for the school. Angela served as Director of ESL and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI) from 1999-2015. At TFLI she and her team developed the ESL and TESL Departments and the Taxi Pro Hospitality and Training Program for Nashville’s taxi drivers. Her most recent initiative is ESL to Go,  a program consisting of a mobile classroom bringing quality ESL classes to Nashville’s refugees. From 2010 -2012, Angela was Chairperson for the Nashville Task Force on Immigrants and Refugees, and from 2011-2015, she was a  member of the Mayor’s New Americans Advisory Council.  Angela serves on the Board of Directors for the TN Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (TNRPCVs), the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) and  the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). Angela earned a M.Ed. in Community Development from Peabody/Vanderbilt in 2009. Angela now works as the Director of International Programs at the Dollywood Foundation.

  • Leah Hashinger

  • Program Director, Co-Founder

After graduating from Goucher College in 2008, Leah moved to Kagawa, Japan to teach English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. After two years in Japan, she relocated to Nashville for an Americorps position at the Vanderbilt Coalition for Healthy Aging, where she filled the role of Refugee and Immigrant Health Outreach Coordinator. During her second Americorps term, she began volunteering at TFLI where she co-founded the ESL to Go program. Leah served as Vice-Chair of the Nashville Task Force for Refugees and Immigrants from 2012-2014 and is a current member of the Mayor’s New Americans Advisory Council. She is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Civic Leadership from Lipscomb University.

  • Erin Keafer

  • Education Coordinator

Erin graduated from Auburn University with a degree in International Business. After years of working as a legal assistant and volunteering as a literacy tutor and as a refugee mentor, Erin decided to transition into a career combining her loves of teaching and travel.  She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Republic of Georgia for two years teaching English at a public grade school, facilitating discussion courses for Tbilisi City Hall, and developing curriculum for English courses for children forced to flee their homes during a recent war.  Erin returned to Nashville to begin her dream career as an ESL teacher for resettled refugees.  Erin has been teaching with ESL to Go since the truck arrived in May 2013, and she now works as the Curriculum Coordinator.

  • Inyoung Kang

  • Summer 2014 Special Programs Intern, Vanderbilt

As a master’s candidate in International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt pursuing a Global Health Certificate, Inyoung is particularly interested in health education. As ESL to Go’s summer intern, she developed a health survey and health and nutrition education program for Burmese women and their families who attend ESL to Go classes. In South Korea, she worked as a journalist and covered social and education issues from 2006 to 2011. 

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