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MISSION

ASOCOPI is a non-profit professional organization whose mission is to contribute in the betterment of English Language Teaching in Colombia by means of promoting quality Educators.

ASOCOPI will be seen as a respectable representative of English teachers and English teaching in Colombia, and will play a leading role in the promotion of quality teaching, and social responsibility in our country and the region.

Identify and promote team work amongst English Language Teachers in Colombia. Strengthen the sense of belonging among the members of the profession.  READ ALL OBJECTIVES  

MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2020-2022  

Read their biodata and contact us!  

President    

Jairo Enrique Castañeda Trujillo    


I am Jairo Enrique Castañeda, B.A. in Spanish and English from UPN, Magister in Education from Universidad Externado de Colombia, and Ph.D. (c) in Education from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas.  Currently, I am a teacher educator and researcher at Universidad Surcolombiana (Neiva, Huila). I have been a member of ASOCOPI from 2008 and now I am honored to be the president (2021-2022)  


Vicepresident  

   Kaithie Ramírez   

   

Kaithie Ramírez-Correa holds a B.A in Bilingual Education from ÚNICA, a Specialization in Translation from Universidad del Rosario and a Master’s degree in Education and Technology from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She is currently the Educational Technology professor at ÚNICA and the managing editor of GiST Education and Learning Research Journal from the same institution. She has more than 8 years of experience as a professor.  


Secretary  

Adriana Marcela Sánchez   


I am Adriana Sanchez Beltrán, B.A in English and Spanish from UPN and Magister in Education from Universidad Externado de Colombia, certified as an ELE educator and Cambridge Examiner. Currently working for Colegio Nueva Granada Primary School, I also teach courses on Bilingual Ed at ÚNICA’s specialization program, and Language Learning Materials at Universidad Surcolombiana masters program. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to our teaching community as part of the Board of Directors. 


Treasurer  

Claudia María Uribe  

 

I am Claudia Maria Uribe H., a full-time faculty member from Licenciatura en Lenguas Extranjeras con Enfasis en Inglés, member of the research group Education, Childhood and Foreign Languages at Universidad Católica Luis Amigó (Medellin)  and Asocopi Children Language Learning SIG´s Facilitator. I have been a member of Asocopi from 2017 and now I feel honored to be part of our Association board of directors. 

  

Official spokesperson  

Eliana Alarcón Camacho  

       

I am Eliana Alarcón Camacho, I am an English Instructor at Universidad Surcolombiana. I hold a B.Ed in Humanities and English from Universidad Surcolombiana, an MA in Virtual Learning Environments from Universidad de Panama, and an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Leicester University, UK.  I have worked as a virtual and face-to-face tutor at the Colombian government agency for vocational training SENA, English language instructor at Universidad Surcolombiana, Tutor at Universidad de Santander Graduate School. I am currently working for the Office of Education at the Townhall -Neiva. I will be working as the spokesperson of our organization.  

Alternate member  

Yolanda Sámaca  


I am Yolanda Samacá Bohórquez, a full-time teacher educator and researcher at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. I belong to the research group Estudios Críticos de Política Educativa Colombiana (ESTUPOLI). I love my work, because I learn, relearn, and unlearn from and about the people I share within our contexts. I have been a member of Asocopi since 2011, and feel enthusiastic about supporting and contributing to our languages communities.


ASOCOPI'S  STAFF  


Administrative Manager

 Miriam Cristina Vera. 

 

I have been ASOCOPI's administrati ve  Manager since 2013. I hold a B.Ed in Philology and Languages from the National University of Colombia (2008), where I currently work as an English language teacher.



Edgar Lucero

HOW Journal  Editor

Edgar Lucero is a full-time teacher educator in the Education Sciences Faculty at Universidad de La Salle. He is a PhD (c) in Education, ELT Emphasis, at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogota. He holds an MA degree in Applied Linguistics for TEFL, a postgraduate specialization degree in Didactics of Languages, and a BA in Spanish, English, and French. His research interests are in Classroom interaction, and Language Teaching Didactics and Pedagogy.



José Da vid  Largo

HOW Journal Assistant Editor

I am José Largo. I hold a B.Ed. in Modern Languages from UPTC. Currently, I am pursuing my MA in Applied Linguistics at Universidad Distrital and belong to the research group ESTUPOLI. I am a full-time teacher at a private school in Bogotá. My research interests include culture and identity issues, English language teaching, and language policies.



Accountant  

   Sileny Villaveces.   

I graduated as an accountant from Universidad Externado de Colombia. I was the financial manager at Automercol S.A. for about 15 years. I also worked as accountant for the Serrezuela Country Club and for the  Gun Club in Bogotá. I am the  ASOCOPI's accountant.


FOUNDING MEMBERS


Yvonne Garrido,   Charles Genand,    Gabriel Gómez,    Anttoine Katah,    Helena de Reyes,    Humberto Trujillo,    Beatriz Castilla,    Peggy Drumgold,    Shuyler Hamilton,    Patricia de Morales,    W. Leland Northam,    Lino Betancourt,    Clare de Silva,    Hugo Acosta,    Ruth Romero,    Enrique Escobar,    Gustavo Troncoso.

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