The Canadian College of Educators prides itself in the quality of its faculty and brings countless of combined years of education and experience to its programs and administration.

Carmen Valero, Dean

Ms. Valero is a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) with the Canadian Society for Training and Development, an Ontario Certified English Language Teacher (OCELT) and Certified TESL Trainer. Ms. Valero holds degrees in Linguistics, Modern Languages, and Translation from McMaster University and the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation of the University of Ottawa.

Ms. Valero is the Co-founder and Dean of Canadian College of Educators since 2001. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, Terminologist & Translator for the Translation Bureau of Public Works and Government Services Canada, and taught high school and university English, French, and Spanish. Much of her work in the field of terminology and translation has been published by the Canadian Federal Government in more than 50,000 terminological records in TERMIUM®, our government’s linguistic databank. She also has over 25 years of experience in both the public and private secondary and post-secondary education system in Ontario.

Ms. Valero has been very involved in educational leadership in the TESL training field and the post-secondary education private sector for the past 20 years where her focus has been on Adult Education Program Standards, Accreditation, and Government Relations. Since 2006 she has served on the TESL Ontario TESL Training Institutions Directors Panel and has held a Board of Director’s position for Career Colleges Ontario for the past 12 years. She is currently the Vice Board Chair of Career Colleges Ontario and was elected in 2020 to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Career Colleges to represent the province of Ontario.

Jana Smith, Director of Studies and Online Education

Ms. Smith holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Toronto, BA in Psychology  from York University, and a B.Ed in Adult Education from Brock University. Ms. Smith served as both ESL Teacher and Program Officer for the Toronto District School Board for over 25 years and has been with Canadian College of Educators since 2004. Ms. Smith is recognized in the TESL field as contributing writer for “LINC Curriculum Guidelines” and her expertise in training and development of the Canadian Language Benchmarks. She has a passion for new technologies in teaching and learning and is the Founder and President of EduPros, a leading Canadian educational provider of e-learning solutions.

Sheila Baker, TESL Academic Coordinator

Sheila Baker is an Ontario-Certified English Language Teacher (OCELT), TESL-Ontario-Accredited Academic Coordinator, mentor teacher, and TESL Trainer. Ms. Baker holds a Master’s in TESL and a Bachelor’s in Education (Teaching Computer Skills, Tech. Ed.), both degrees from the University of Alberta. Ms. Baker joined the Faculty of Canadian College of Educators in 2020. She has two decades of ESL and TESL experience, including teacher training and teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes) at MacEwan University along with LINC. She enjoys including technology in the classroom, especially CALL or Computer-Assisted Language Learning strategies and using concordances. In addition, she is also an examiner for language exams, measuring the English-language proficiency of immigrants, internationally educated health-care workers (CELBAN and CLB), and prospective students for living, working, or studying in Canada or other English-speaking countries.

TESL Diploma Training Faculty:

Sheila Baker, OCELT, Certified TESL Trainer

Anjum Karimi, OCELT, Certified TESL Trainer

Mary MacKeracher, OCELT, Certified TESL Trainer

Carmen Valero, OCELT, Certified TESL Trainer