American Language Institute

Faculty & Staff




Alexander Wrege, M.A.
Alexander Wrege holds M.A. degrees in English Literature, German Literature, and Applied Linguistics/ESL. His doctoral work is focused on developmental reading, especially focusing on experiential education and how it can assist students in reaching a higher proficiency in Reading and Writing. His other areas of work are instructional design, computer-assisted language learning, as well as developmental reading and writing.

Michael Klug, M.A.

Michael Graves Klug's career has made what he might describe as "an aerial 360."  After completing his graduate studies in Teaching English as a Second Language and working as a part-time English instructor (including a temporary assignment at the A.L.I. in the late 1990's), Michael moved to Japan for nine years where he met his wife, Chihiro.  In Japan, he taught ESL & College Composition, and most recently worked as EAP Program Supervisor at NIC International College in Tokyo.  Michael began his second stint at the UT A.L.I. in August of 2008.  When not engaged in professional pursuits, Michael enjoys travel, playing guitar & singing, snowboarding, scuba diving and watching team sports.


Pam Clines Pam Clines, M.A.
Pam Clines graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in International Studies, focusing on the Middle East and the Turkish language. On a Fulbright scholarship, she completed an intensive Turkish program in Istanbul. She earned an M.A. in TESOL from Ohio State, as well. Pam developed and taught an ESL program for Penta County Vocational School in the late 1980’s and has taught at Toledo’s International Institute, The American School for Women and Children and the American Language Institute. She has also taught her four children kindergarten through 12th grade in their home school. At the A.L.I., Pam teaches intermediate listening and speaking and assists with curriculum development. She thoroughly enjoys getting to know each of her students and helping them adjust to their new home at U.T.
Daniel Current Daniel Current, M.A.
Daniel Current holds a Master Degree in English with a focus on teaching English as a second language as well as Bachelor Degrees in Anthropology and in Religious Studies. This academic background enables him to not only teach English but to also engage the students with a deep understanding of their respective cultural backgrounds. He is currently employed as a part time ESL Specialist here at the ALI. In his spare time Daniel volunteers as the CEO of a local charity and creates sculptures for display in various galleries in the Greater Toledo Area. His current research interests include creating virtual interactive environments to facilitate realistic long distance interaction and virtual reality language acquisition. 


  Matthew Krull, M.A.
Matthew received a Master’s in TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Indiana University Bloomington in 2008; for several years, he has taught literacy, oracy, and syntax in Intensive English Programs at both Indiana and Ohio universities. Professional interests include Content-Based Instruction, Language Assessment, and X-Bar Theory.
  Deena Ohana, M.A., M.Ed.
Deena Ohana received her undergraduate degree in philosophy in her hometown at the University of Toledo. She has two graduate degrees. One is from U.T.'s Department of English Language and Literature, and the other is from its College of Education in Social Foundations of Education. Mrs. Ohana has been at the American Language Institute as an E.S.L. Specialist teaching at at every level in every skill area. She has been the director and coordinator of many special programs and developed the curricula for these and other courses of study. She began teaching English here in 1984 and thoroughly enjoys working with international students.
  Kathleen Reaume, M.A.
Kathleen Reaume has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Creative and Technical Writing from Wayne State University and a Masters degree in Library and Information Science with a focus on Research and Knowledge Management. In addition, she has a Masters degree in English with a concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL). Kathleen has taught ESL for the past three years at the University of Toledo. She was also a Writing Center tutor, at the University of Toledo, for two years. She has published several academic articles and is working on a novel and screenplay in her free time.
  Pam Rice, M.A.
Pam received her Bachelors degree in Spanish and her Masters degree in TESL, both from The University of Toledo.  She has taught many levels, from basic to graduate level, of English, ESL and Spanish classes for the English, Developmental Education, and Foreign Language Departments at many schools throughout the Northwest Ohio area for many years.  She has also tutored ESL and American students in grammar, composition, reading and pronunciation at the learning centers of the University of Toledo and Owens Community College, and help with administration and scoring the TOEFL at UT.  In addition, she has taught and helped with the administration of the May and Schutz Container Programs for the A.L.I., was supervisor of the A.L.I. Computer Lab for 2 years and helped with the administration of the summer language program for Toledo Sister Cities.  She has presented at the Conference on Language Learning and Teaching Practices (1995 & 1996), the East Central Writing Centers Association Conference (1996 & 1997), and Conference on Communicating in a Second/Foreign Language (2007).
Sherris Schwind Sherris Anne Schwind, M.A. []
Sherris Anne Schwind holds degrees in Language and Literature, Creative Writing, and Leadership Studies with a minor focus in Anthropology. She’s a published academic, journalist, and poet who has presented her work at conferences, community forums, and informal venues. Sherris has taught and developed curricula for various programs including Toledo Sister Cities’ International Youth Academy and the University of Toledo’s EXCEL Intensive. She specializes in advanced level electives and focuses her ESL instruction around experiential learning projects (documentary films, fundraisers, public speaking), critical skills integration, and community engagement with an emphasis on social responsibility and peace-keeping dialogues. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and sits on local boards in her community serving the arts and the homeless. When Sherris isn’t teaching at the A.L.I. she enjoys traveling with her two children, Jacobai and Daisy, training her horses, and growing her company, Authentik.
Ronald T. Zallocco Ronald T. Zallocco, M.A.
Ronald Thomas Zallocco received his M.A. in English as a Second Language at the University of Toledo. He has taught ESL college composition, tutored in pronunciation, and edited various scholarly articlesHis book, Communication and Language Learning, is available in stores. He has presented at conferences for the East Central Writing Center Association (2011) and the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (2011). His professional interests include argumentative writing, communicative learning, and English for Practical Purposes.


Last Updated: 8/25/15