Candidates for TESL Ontario Board positions


Jennifer Allore

Jennifer AlloreJennifer Allore has been involved in ESL teaching since 2002 in a variety of contexts, from a conversation school in Japan to an English immersion program in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border, to a Canadian university EAP classroom. She also has experience in the development, implementation, and management of educational programming. In recent years, her teaching has centred around both credit and non-credit EAP and communication courses in the post-secondary context.

Jennifer has a Master of Education from Ontario Tech University, where she focused on education and digital technologies in the ESL adult learning context. She is currently working with faculty from Ontario Tech’s Faculty of Education to research how past experiences affect English language acquisition and acculturation in learners with refugee experience, and she recently presented the preliminary data at the 2019 Canadian Association for Applied Linguistics (ACLA-CAAL) conference.

Jennifer also co-founded and served as a Board Member for a registered Canadian children’s charity, Room to Grow Children’s Foundation, which operated out of Thailand between 2007 and 2018. She provided strategic planning and fundraising support from Canada. She is excited to work with the TESL Ontario Board and to both extend her support to TESL professionals and the Board, as well as continue to learn from her professional community.


Alexander Harchenko

Alexander Harchenko

Alexander Harchenko possesses a wide range of experience in the field of ESL, LINC, ELT and OSLT in Canada and the USA. Alexander has taught and held leadership roles at colleges and universities across North America. He participated in the development and implementation of a number of innovative IRCC-funded programs in Ontario, such as ELT Your Way - the first online ELT program in Ontario. Alexander has served as a TESL Ontario Board Member from 2016 until 2019.

Alexander has been consistently committed to his TESL PHE Affiliate for eight years, as a Chair of the Board and Membership Services Committee and currently as President. During the last eight years as the Affiliate Executive, Alexander has implemented a number of innovative approaches to assist members of the Affiliate. Alexander’s extensive experience in executive positions with other Boards, along with excellent knowledge of governance in Canada, is a strong contributing factor to his current role.

Alexander is passionate about providing better support for foreign-trained ESL teachers working in Ontario. Alexander is actively engaged in the research of government-funded programs and communicates about benefits and improvements to these programs to his students; he continuously provides guidance to newcomers and students regarding various issues affecting the community.

In addition to his teaching experience, Alexander's involvement goes beyond the ESL sector. As a Certified Settlement Professional, Alexander is actively involved in the issues that affect newcomers and refugees today. He is particularly interested in the issues of minorities.

Alexander Harchenko is an honours graduate in International Relations and Political Science from Cleveland State University in the USA. He has obtained post-graduate certifications in settlement and immigration practice in Canada. Alexander is a winner of the Close Up Foundation Scholarship.


Paula Ogg

Paula OggPaula Ogg, Language, Theory, and Methodology Instructor, has been a TESL Ontario member since 2001. She holds a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, Technology; a TESL Certificate; and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. For over twenty years, she has taught English language arts and academic skills from pre-college entry prep to post-doctoral fellows and mentored educators from pre-inservice teacher to tenured professor. At her current institution, she has governance experience as Chair of the Academic Policy Committee Sub-Committee; Senator on Senate Academic Council; Steward on the Local Executive Council; and a former member on Academic Quality Assurance. In addition, she has a great deal of experience navigating governing bodies and initiatives such MTCU, PEQAB, OCQAS, CVS, OUC, HEQCO, IRCC, CLB, PBLA, LINC, CEFR, CELTA, and TESL. Paula believes that leadership is about active listening, building relationships, and strategic visioning. In her experiences, in colleges and universities in Canada and abroad, she has consulted with educators on curriculum, instruction, technology; led workshops and authored resource documentation; conducted design-based research through institutional grants; and facilitated interdisciplinary teams using design thinking, creative problem solving, and process theory techniques. Her career interests include instructional design, curriculum development, distance education, grant writing, health education, travel and tourism, intercultural communication, and language arts.