International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Linking, developing and supporting English Language Teaching professionals in Chile

The Executive Committee

Tom Connelly – President

Appointed President in 2011, Tom Connelly is the Senior Academic Advisor for the Books and Bits. He has an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT from Surrey University in the UK and recently obtained the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM) from Cambridge ESOL. Tom has 15 years experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, materials and syllabus writer, test designer and project manager in the area of English as a Foreign Language working in Spain, Mexico, Chile and the UK.

Since 2012, Tom has worked closely with the Chilean Ministry of Education (English Opens Doors Program) in the planning of projects that benefit English teachers and learners and in the state education system in Chile, an experience he describes as challenging but equally inspiring. One of the current projects he is coordinating for the British Council and the Ministry is the Initial University Teacher Training Seminars project, a “bottom-up” initiative for Heads of university English departments in Chilean universities to improve standards in pre-service EFL teaching.

Tom has taught General and Applied Linguistics for The British University and Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago as well as a local tutor for the University of London (Institute of Education) and is currently teaching on Universidad Los Andes’ MA TESOL program. His professional interests include EFL teacher CPD, public education policy, online language teaching and learning and the development of post methods curriculums In schools and universities.

He spends his summers fly-fishing and enjoying fine Chilean wine. He has no hobbies as he is the father of twins.

Laurie Henderson – Vice-President

The former IATEFL Chile President, Laurie is Head of Languages at INACAP. Originally trained as a primary school teacher in Scotland, she has been a teacher and head of section in Brazil, Spain, Colombia, Argentina and Chile.

She is a keen golfer and loves to travel.

Cecilia Gomez – Treasurer

Cecilia has been the Country Manager for Cambridge University Press in Chile for longer than she cares to remember. She is a firm favourite on the Latin American ELT conference circuit and is renowned for her one-woman war against illegal photocopying in Chile.

She teaches Lexical Grammar at Universidad Alberto Hurtado.

Jo Rivas – Coordinator

Jo is Bachelor in Education and a candidate to a MA in TEFL, with 20 years experience as a teacher and project manager in education in all levels. She is a highly experienced administrator who has worked for the British Council, the British & North American Institutes as Project Manager and for the Public System in the Municipalities of Maipú and Santiago as English Coordinator.

She is the Past President of the State Alumni Association in Chile.