American Language Institute

ALI Administration


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Main Campus
Snyder Memorial

2801 W. Bancroft Street 

Mail Stop 122

Phone: (419) 530-4702

Fax: (419) 530-4600

Faculty & Staff


 Sara Clark, M.A. - Director 



Brandon K. Shigematsu, Ph.D - Associate Director

Brandon K. Shigematsu is an ESL instructor, researcher, and administrator with experience in the program and curriculum development. He holds a M. Ed. and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis of TESOL from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Cognitive aspects of second language learning and processing are his research interest areas. 



 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, as well as developmental reading and writing.



Pam Clines, M.A.

Pamela Clines earned a B.A. in International Studies and a Master of Arts in Education/TESOL from The Ohio State University. She has more than twenty years of teaching experience. Pam currently teaches basic speaking, listening, and grammar, and always enjoys tutoring students at every level.


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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. 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. 



 Michael Klug, M.A. 

Michael G. Klug is an instructor with 13 years of experience in IEP Programs, with additional experience as an Adjunct Professor, ALT, and GTA.   During nine years overseas, Michael had the valuable experience of teaching English in Tokyo, Japan.  Michael's professional interests include educational technology, testing, and localized experiential learning.  


 Tera Terra Myers, M.A.

Terra Myers graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language. She has taught ESL for over five years including a semester teaching at a university in China. Currently, she is working on her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. 


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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 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.



 Julian N. Branch, M.A.

Julian Branch earned is B.A. in Business Management an M.A. in Education from Hiroshima University where he spent over two years. In the past he has taught in South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and The Philippines. He has worked with students from multiple backgrounds and enjoys a conversation about cultural difference.



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.


ting Ting Li, M.A.           

Ting Li holds two graduate degrees, one in TESOL, and the other in Educational Psychology. She is currently a Ph.D candidate majored in Educational Leadership at Miami University. For the past years, she has been working with second language learners from multiple counties in North America, South & East Asia, and Middle East. She serves as the division chair and a member of executive board for the Mid-west Educational Research Association (MWERA). She has published several articles on cross-cultural comparison of learning efficacy. 

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Anne Bennett is from Michigan.  She has a BA in English and French, a MS in Education, and a MA-TESOL.  She has taught in middle schools, high schools, and colleges in Detroit, Lansing, Los Angeles, and Marshall Islands.  She came to Toledo in January 2015.  Anne teaches all levels and subjects of English.  


Last Updated: 10/5/15