Ricardo Roman Jr. is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He is a retired Army veteran who has been teaching English and business courses for universities in Panama, i.e., UIP, LATINA University, and Quality Leadership University (QLU), for the past 20+ years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in LACS from Florida State University, an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, and a Master of Arts in (TESOL) from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. He has been teaching English at QLU-EPS since 2002. has obtained a «Diplomado en Docencia Superior» (QLU). He has conducted research on motivational factors that influence ELL in Panama and has published research on the motivational factors of ELL students in Panama that has been published in JLTR (Journal of Language Teaching and Research) 2020. With his zeal for learning, he continues research studies in Spanish and English, and English-bilingual perception of their own code-switching. He also served on the Board of Directors for American Society and was a Navy League Past President.
I love language because it carries beauty and thought, and language is where the action is. While the study of languages seems monotonous and meticulous to many people, to me it is an opportunity to discover. My initiation into serving on this prestigious Panama TESOL board originated from my years of exposure and contribution to the same. Considering the present English teaching conditions in Panama, finding ways for students to effectively study and learn English is a motivation and interest for me. To achieve that end, for a person like me, I am determined to be the best ambassador for Panama TESOL and its vital importance to language teaching theory and methodology in this region. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this platform for the prosperity of English teaching and learning in Panama.