Contact Information

 Dr. Pierce

 724-327-5456 extension 2122. I am in the ESL Resource Center, in room 122 at the Middle School.  You can email me at:

My background:  
I grew up in the Pittsburgh area and except for a short time when I lived and taught in Maryland, I have lived in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh most of my life.

2009-Ph.D.  in English: Composition & TESOL
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
2002- PA ESL Specialist Certificate
1998-M. Ed  in English, Language Arts, Communication
University of Pittsburgh
1976-BS  in Elementary Education and French Education
Slippery Rock University

Work Experience: 
I have taught ESL for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and worked in advertising and writing as a newspaper reporter, editor and freelance writer.  In 1991 I started teaching ESL for Franklin Regional School District.  Since then, there have been over 211 English Language Learners from over 52 different countries in the program in grades K-12.  In the Spring of 2008 I was elected President of Three Rivers TESOL, the western PA affiliate to the International TESOL organization. I remained on the Three Rivers TESOL board for 7 years. In 2011 I was elected to the International TESOL Affiliate Leadership Council. I served on that board for 5 years.  I have also designed and taught the ESL Certification courses for Intermediate Unit 1 and 7. I was recently nominated and selected to be a member of the International TESOL Publishing Press Committee as an adviser for books and resources for the K-12 ESL/EFL audience. I am also a reader for the Argentina TESOL Journal and a judge for the Virginia French Allen TESOL Scholarship.

Pierce, J.L. (In press). Lesson plans for Teaching Speaking to ELs.TESOL Press: New Alexandria, VA.

Pierce, J.L. (2012). Webcast video discussion of TESL-EJ vol. 16 article. October, 2012 at

Pierce, J.L. (2012). "Using Geosemiotic Analysis to Explore Power and Interaction in ESL Classrooms." In TESL-EJ vol. 16.

Pierce, J. L. (2009) A Co-construction of space trilogy: Examining how ESL teachers, English language learners and classroom designs interact. UMI. 3362439. ProQuest LLC.

Pierce, J.L. (2008). Weaving meaning into ESOL curriculum using thematic matrices.
Revitalizing a  curriculum for school-age learners. Eds. K. Graves,  D. Hayes & J. Sharkey. TESOL: New Alexandria, VA.

Pierce, J. L. (2008). People, place and space or the considerations of a conference coordinator.  Composition & TESOL Students Spotlight.
IUP C&T Program online community.

Pierce, J.L. (2007). Jugglers and jockeys: Identity and power in the ESL classroom. Working Papers in Composition & TESOL, Vol. 2, Issue 1 Indiana University of

I like to read, write and sing. I also like to work with arts and crafts, and knit.  I enjoy doing things with my husband, two sons their families and my extended family, one of whom is my twin sister.