Meet the ELMS Team!

The ELMS team has over thirty-five years of combined experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and conducting research in the field. The team provides opportunities for learning and teaching in the field of ESL through certification programs, professional development, and community-based learning support. Whether you are new to the field or a professional seeking additional certification or training, the ELMS team is here is to help!


Dr. Eleni Pappamihiel, ELMS Program Director

Watson College of Education, UNCW

Dr. Pappamihiel with her daughter in Greece

Dr. Eleni Pappamihiel has been with the ELMS Project since its inception in September, 2011. Dr. Pappamihiel began her teaching career in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in 1988 as a mainstream Spanish teacher. Several years later, she moved into the field of English as a Second Language, a fledgling field in North Carolina at that time. Since that time, she has taught ESL at every grade level, including adults. She has taught or conducted research in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Florida and internationally. Her main area of research focuses on improving academic outcomes for English language learners in the mainstream classroom and includes work in co-teaching and digital storytelling as an instructional strategy.

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Dr. Allen Lynn, Assistant Professor – ESL

Watson College of Education, UNCW

Dr. Lynn with his dog

Dr. Allen Lynn comes to us from South Georgia. Throughout the years he has been everything from a grave digger to a Peace Corps Volunteer. He is now an assistant professor of ESL at UNCW. In addition to preparing teachers of ESL, Dr. Lynn enjoys spending time with his wife and schnoodle. He is also fond of vegetable gardening and Brazilian jiu jitsu.

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Jean Snider, ELMS Project Coordinator

Mrs. Snider

Ms. Snider joined the ELMS project as the Project Coordinator in August 2012. She is responsible for ELMS program offerings, managing the budget, and overseeing instructional design of the ELMS professional development. Prior to joining the ELMS team, Jean worked in manufacturing, insurance, and financial industries as a technical writer and online help developer. Most recently she completed a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from UNCW. In her free time, Jean likes to tackle home improvement projects.

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Justin Barrett, Graduate Assistant

Master's in Instructional Technology

Jason Barrett playing the drums

Justin is a native of Graham, NC and is currently enrolled in the Master's in Instructional Technology program at UNCW. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Music Education. He has a passion for music and has performed with the UNCG University Band, UNCG Percussion Ensemble, and currently performs with the UNCW Wind Symphony. Justin’s ultimate goal is to earn a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education and teach at the collegiate level.

Matt Hilton, Graduate Assistant

M.Ed. Educational Studies: ESL

Matt Hilton with his girlfriend at Hawksbill, NC

Matt has been a student at UNCW since 2008 receiving his undergraduate degree in both Mathematics and Secondary Education. He is now pursuing a master's in ESL Studies as a recipient of the ELMS grant. Hailing from Keene, New Hampshire Matt’s desire to explore the world led him to discover a passion for people of other cultures. He has traveled to Montreal, Ottawa, Germany, Italy, and this summer to Costa Rica. Since starting UNCW Matt has worked with students from Latin America, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. Outside of teaching Matt is an active member of Lifepoint Church where he serves as a youth leader for middle school boys. Matt’s goal is to work in the public school setting, either as a Mathematics teacher or ESL teacher, catering to the English Language Learner (ELL) population.