Dr. Plaisance fell in love with the world of TESOL during her undergraduate studies in Quito, Ecuador, and in Heredia, Costa Rica. Forced to eventually settle in one hemisphere, she pursued her MAT in TESL from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. After some years of experience as an ESL teacher in NC public schools, she returned to UNCC to pursue her doctorate in Urban Literacy, with a TESOL concentration. Dr. Plaisance joined Greensboro College in 2014 as the TESOL program director and is now a full professor of English/TESOL and the dean of the School of Humanities. She has worked to build the GC TESOL program into one of the most robust, rigorous, and dynamic TESOL degree programs in the country. Through a combination of innovative online curricula and traditional residential options, Dr. Plaisance has played an integral role in developing a uniquely comprehensive program of study with choices for every educator considering a career in teaching English to non-native speakers. She’s passionate about learning and life-long education, which makes her job in graduate studies one of her greatest pleasures.
Most recently, Dr. Plaisance has assumed the role of director of international partnerships at Greensboro College. In this position, she has enjoyed connecting and communicating with institutes of higher education around the world to develop innovative programs that expand international opportunities for students around the world.
This post was written by Tom Saitta