Dr. Donita Grissom completed her undergraduate degree at Southeast Missouri State University, with a major in Elementary Education and specialization in Early Childhood Education. She obtained her Master’s Degree at the University of Florida through Project BEST, which was a teacher training preparation program for Bilingual Education. Thereafter, Dr. Grissom earned her Ph.D. in TESOL at the University of Central Florida. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Central Florida, teaching undergraduate and graduate TESOL Methods and Culture courses. She serves as the Course Lead for Theory & Practice of Teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages (TSL 4080). Also, she is the Ed. D. TESOL Specialization Advisor for the Ed. D. Curriculum & Instruction degree at UCF. Her areas of research include hope theory, SEL, tools for ELs, pre-service and in-service teacher education, and second language learning in content areas. She enjoys being a mentor, national and international professional consultant for teachers, encourager, Mom and Grammy.