Jonell Pacyga, M.A.

Jonell Pacyga, M.A.

Assistant Professor English as a Second Language Licensure Program Coordinator Spanish Education Licensure Program Coordinator

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Hamline University, MN (in progress)

Licenses in ESL K–12 and Reading Specialist K–12
M.A. in English as a Second Language from Hamline University, MN
B.A. in English as a Second Language Education from University of Northwestern – St. Paul


Nazareth Hall, N3032
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113



Specialty Areas

ESL Education, Oral Skill Development in Second Language Learning, Motivation in Language Learning, Child and Adult Literacy and Reading Development and Assessment, Drama in Language Learning, Support for S.L.I.F.E (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education).


Professional Accomplishments

  • Capstone: Affecting L2 Motivation and Attitude Through Drama, Hamline University, 2009
  • “Creation and Performance: Drama to Increase Motivation” presented at the MinneTESOL Fall Regional Conference, Minn., November 9, Minneapolis, Minn. 2009
  • “Creation and Performance: Drama to Increase Motivation” presented at the Arts for All Conference, St. Paul Public Schools, March 19, St. Paul, Minn. 2009
  • Certified MN WIDA Standards and Assessment Facilitator
  • MinneTESOL grant recepient “Inspire to Write: Book Arts for Pre-Service ESL Educators” (2011)
  • Collaborated with student Eagle Scholar Honors Recipients (2015, 2018) regarding Book Arts integration in pedagogical practice
  • Co-presented with UNW Pre-Service Teachers at MinneTESOL/MELEd Regional Professional Conference “Differentiating Academic Language”
  • Member of ELSIG: MN Department of Education English Learner Stakeholder Input Group (2016-2019)