EduCAN TESOL offers two branches of training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

First, our Trainer of Trainer (ToT) program prepares leaders who train others in the principles of TESOL. We offer a certificate to those who complete the requirements of the ToT program of study.

Second, our TESOL professional development program prepares teachers for the practical work of effectively teaching English to speakers of other languages.


Loretta Wideman, Ph.D., directs the TESOL program at EduCAN. She has a B.A. in English Education from East Central University and an M.A. in TESOL from Oklahoma City University. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL and Educational Learning Technologies from New Mexico State University. She has taught English in the United States, Senegal, Kenya, and Ethiopia. She currently resides in Kenya and conducts TESOL seminars internationally to prepare teachers to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Certified Trainers

The following individuals have earned EduCAN certification as trainers in TESOL.

Davida is an English teacher and TESOL trainer in Africa and has been working at an adult English center since 2014. Prior to that, she was an educator in the United States for several years. She is passionate about teaching, helping students learn, and equipping teachers to grow in their skills so they can be as effective as possible. Her goal is to help educators in Africa continue to learn how to be the best teachers they can be so that their students will succeed.

Erin has lived in Africa since 2010. She began teaching English to adult speakers of other languages in 2016. Erin enjoys interacting with her students and helping them have fun as they learn English. She is certified to teach English using the communicative method.

Estee earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.S. Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Leadership from Oklahoma State University. She served in the public education system for eighteen years as a fifth-grade teacher and assisted in middle and high school classes. Estee taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes for a year in China. She worked for the IT department at Oklahoma State University for ten years, teaching Microsoft Office classes, and retired in 2010. She taught a variety of classes at Pawnee Nation College for five years. She has taught TESOL training seminars in several countries in Africa since 2009.

Janet has a B.A. from Northeastern State University and experience in both child and adult education. She is certified to teach English as an additional language and has taught in the United States, Ethiopia, Kenya, and West Africa. When she is not teaching English courses, Janet conducts TESOL seminars to equip others who teach English to speakers of other languages. She currently lives in West Africa.

Karen has a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Communications from Southeastern University and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with concentrations in ESL and EFL alike. She has lived and taught extensively in both the United States and Africa, providing instruction in a range of contexts like American international schools, community colleges, and EFL Centers in Africa that she effectively developed and directed. Karen also provides assessment to teachers and English centers. She enjoys classroom instruction, directed conversation, content driven ESL/EFL, and teacher training. Having learned other languages herself, she understands the challenges in speaking another language and enjoys helping others speak English. She currently resides in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Melissa has an M.A. in TESOL from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. She has been teaching English in East Africa since January 2013. She taught English in Kenya to adult English learners for seven years and currently resides and teaches in Djibouti. Melissa conducts seminars to prepare educators to teach English to speakers of other languages.

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