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Our Team

Find out about the board of directors

Christine Baida
President

Retired Pedagogical Consultant and university internship supervisor

Board member since 2015

About

I love working with new teachers, and now that I am retired, I have found new victims to impart my wisdom on: TESL students. But I have a secret, I learn as much from them as they do from me. Learning is a lifelong process and SPEAQ provides me with many opportunities to pursue my passion for education.

Monique Mainella
Vice President

ESL teacher at the CEGEP level and university professor

Board member since 1997

About

I am passionate about teaching ESL by day and sharing pedagogical knowledge to pre-service teachers by night. I love learning and teaching about what I love - ESL, literature, pedagogy and cooking.

Teresa Capparelli
Treasurer

ESL Pedagogical Consultant, Centre de services scolaire de Montréal

Board member since 2009

About

Learn a new language, acquire a new soul. Through SPEAQ, I hope to share my passion for language learning and to encourage others to do the same for the ESL community in Quebec. #ILoveDictionaries

 

Bruno Gattuso
Secretary

Retired teacher since 2016, university internship supervisor and a SPEAQ member since 1977

Board member since 1992

About

As the majority of teachers, I didn’t join the profession for the money nor for the two months vacation. I became a teacher because I simply love teaching and learning.  Learning from my colleagues, students and all the SPEAQ members I have had the honour to encounter since my first convention back in 1977.

Voula Plagakis
Special Interest Groups

Pedagogical Consultant at Centre de Services scolaire de la Seigneurerie-des-Milles Iles and author

Board member since 2017

About

Everyone is good at something. Some people bake sinful brownies, and others decipher a wine note with just one sip. Me? I play with words. I like learning how to learn. SPEAQ is a great place to play and learn.

Heather Moores
Convention

Pedagogical Consultant, Centre de services scolaire des découvreurs

Board member since 2020

About

Coming from Newfoundland to Quebec, I quickly fell in love with the French language and Quebec culture. Learning a second language has opened so many doors along my path. As an  ESL teacher and a long-time member of the SPEAQ community,  it has been an absolute pleasure sharing this passion.

Gabriel Sperneac
Technologies

Intensive English teacher at Centre de services scolaire de Laval

Board member since 2019

About

Gandhi once said "Be the change you wish to see in the world". When I read it for the first time as a student, it gave me shivers and positive vibes that only come to me when my soccer team (Montreal FC) scores a goal. That is what I try to achieve as a teacher. I try to be the agent of change for young people. But for that, I also need to be in motion, current and relevant to enable me to be the change my students need.

Maria Corsetto
Administrative Assistant

Since

2017

About

In 2016, I had the opportunity to help out at the annual convention and I was instantly hooked!  I have encountered so many passionate and dedicated educators, from Board of Directors to members and beyond. They make this work so meaningful and rewarding. SPEAQ brings true meaning to one of my favorite quotes: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” 

Tanja Vaillancourt
Publications

UQAM, professor and internship coordinator & superviser

Board member since 2021

About

Tanja Vaillancourt teaches at UQAM and supervises internships. In the past, she worked as a Pedagogical Consultant for English and Spanish and also taught English at the secondary level. She is also the author of Express Yourself and Express Yourself Plus and You Have Mail. She loves to share her passion for teaching and second languages.

Are you interested in joining the board of directors?

Simply download this form, fill it out and send it to us before October 25, 2022.

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