International English Program

Instructional Staff

Kimberly Kester, Director

Kimberly Kester, DirectorKimberly Kester has ten years experience teaching secondary English and ESL inclusive classes.  This is her thrid year as the IEP director. She is originally from Oklahoma and has traveled and taught adult English classes in countries around the world. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Masters in Education in TESOL from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ. Currently, Kimberly is working on a presentation for TESOL International on the reading selections for Arab students which will facilitate the removal of affective filters and increase reading comprehension.  Her husband retired from the Army and they enjoy spending time with their children and visiting museums.  

Kaitlin Gram, Assistant Professor

Kaitlin GramKaitlin Gram has three years of experience teaching ESL at the university level. She has also instructed ESL at the high school level for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska and for the Adult Basic Education program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kaitlin has spent most of her career instructing in the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas, specializing in Speaking & Listening English courses and curriculum development. Now, at Missouri Southern State University, she teaches a variety of courses at many different levels. Kaitlin has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature & Music from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master's in Education, TESOL & Applied Linguistics, from the University of Kansas. Kaitlin is the speaking and listening coordinator in the IEP.  Currently, she is working on a comprehensive presentation curriculum to assist students in their transition from IEP to academic courses. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and close to her family. In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys camping, playing Frisbee golf, and watching the KU Jayhawks.

Aaron Carmichael, Assistant Professor

Aaron Carmichael, Assistant ProfessorAaron Carmichael has over seven years experience teaching English as a Second Language.  Most recently, Aaron taught English at Zhengzhou University in Henan Province, China.  He has a M.A. in TESOL from Wheaton College, Illinois.  In his spare time he likes to play guitar, cook and write short stories.  Aaron is the grammar and composition coordinator in the IEP.  Currently, he is working with the other faculty to develop a new curriculum for the four levels of grammar and composition classes.  This new curriculum will provide more cohesive goals and objectives across the levels and increase student progress throughout the program.