IELP Faculty


Sheri Decker
Spokane Community College
Spokane Falls Community College

M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Idaho, 1993

B.A in Anthropology, Western Washington University, 1981

Sheri Decker
My passion in life is preparing English language learners for success in community college classes. My reward is standing proudly as my former ESL students graduate with their degrees and transfer to universities. I lived and taught in the United Arab Emirates and in the Kingdom of Nepal, and I have traveled in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. I have always been curious about the languages and cultures of the world, so I am happiest when I learn something new from my students. Welcome to the IELP! I look forward to meeting you.


Sylva Lamb
Spokane Falls Community College

B.A. in Education with a minor in English, University of Alaska, Anchorage, 1989

Sylva Lamb
Since arriving here from Saigon, South Vietnam in 1968, I have taken every opportunity to travel and explore this great country. So far I have traveled, worked, and lived in forty-five out of fifty of these United States. I started teaching English as a Second Language for the Community Colleges of Spokane in 1991. I have also worked as a medical and legal interpreter that put me in more doctors and lawyers offices, hospitals and courthouses than most people would like to admit. Besides languages, I love gardening and my grandchildren.


Ayuko Momono
Spokane Falls Community College

MA, Teaching English as a Second Language, Gonzaga University 2006

BA, Danish Languages and Linguistics, Osaka University 2003

Ayuko_Momono
I have been teaching for more than 13 years. I know Japanese and English and I have studied Danish, Chinese and Russian. I graduated from Osaka University, majoring in the Danish language and Linguistics. I have lived in the US for a long time and have found the joys and intricacies of living abroad challenging but mostly rewarding. These experiences enhance my perspectives as I teach in the classroom. I have also presented on socio-cultural linguistics as it pertains to ESL pedagogy. I love teaching and have great compassion and understanding in what it is like to learn English as another language and wish to pass on the key to success to all those who wish to excel and master English.


Ana Poliakova
Spokane Falls Community College

M.A. in English Language and Literature with Certification in TESL and Intercultural Studies and with minors in Public Relations and Political Science, Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia), 1996

Ana Poliakova
I am a determined dreamer, living one day at a time with a fresh baked cookie. Being a mother and teaching are my two biggest passions, so I don’t feel like I’ve worked a day in my life! I spent my childhood in Africa, lived and studied in Russia, and settled in America 16 years ago. Having been a teacher for many years, I am addicted to the exchange of energy in my classroom; I teach from my heart, promote creativity, passion, and debate. There is no such thing as “I can’t” in my vocabulary: I set the bar high for both myself and my students, truly believe in success, and celebrate achievements.


Alyona Ryan
Spokane Community College
Spokane Falls Community College

M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, Gonzaga University, 2011

B.A in Teaching English and German Languages with a Major in Philology, Kamchatskiy State Pedagogical University, 2002

Alyona Ryan
I was born in Siberia and lived most of my life in Kamchatka, Russia. While receiving my BA, I was working as an English teacher teaching mainly academic English to college-bound students. I was also working as an English-Russian interpreter for hunting and fishing camps. In 2003, I immigrated to the United States. While I was completing the MATESL program at Gonzaga University, I was also employed there as an ESL instructor. I have taught ESL now for about 6 years and can say without exaggeration that being in the classroom with my students is truly the most rewarding experience for me.


Pei-Ju-Wong
Spokane Falls Community College

M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, Gonzaga University, 2011

B.A 
in Public Relations and a minor in General Business. Gonzaga University. 1989

Pei-Ju Wong
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest, especially to Spokane!  I started teaching ESL while I was completing my MA/TESL at Gonzaga University since 2009. Teaching English as a second or foreign language is my passion.  I was born in Taiwan, grew up in Thailand, and obtained my bachelor and master degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane.  In addition to English,  I speak Mandarin, Taiwanese, Thai and have studied French and Japanese.  Having lived in 3 countries and visited 14 other countries, language and cultural diversity intrigue me.   It has been such a fulfilling experience to teach students from the Middle East, Asia, Southeast Asia, and European countries because of the different perspectives they brought into the classroom.  I’m always looking forward to sharing and exchanging language and cultural insights with my students every semester. Being an international person is so much fun!!