Ms. Elinor Amlen has been an adjunct in the Communications Skills department since 1994, and also briefly in the Humanities department. Ms. Amlen has also taught at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Ms. Amlen is a native New Yorker who has traveled all over the world to every continent on earth. She loves the diversity of the students at LaGuardia and has enjoyed the interchange of culture.
My name is Mayra Milagros Baez. I hold a Master in Protection Management=Emergency track from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A BS in Police Science also from John Jay. I have taught CSE / CSZ course for ELA dept from 2011. Before joining LaGuardia, I worked at John Jay College for more than 20 years under the Department: Communication and Theatre Arts ( previously Communication Skills): from reading tutor, secretary, basic skill instructor, testing proctor (Testing Office), Reading and Study Skills Lab technician (10 years). Presently, I am teaching Communication 113 ( Speech class) at John Jay and assisting Prof. Bettina Murray's class in com 128: justice and the outsider, Com 113 (speech) and Drama 110 (introduction to theatre) at John Jay college.
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Maxine Berger has been an adjunct lecturer in the Academic ESL Program since 2000. In addition, she teaches courses in the United Nations English Language Programme. She has a BA with a concentration in French from Bucknell University. She also holds an MA in French from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MA in TESOL from Hunter College. She is the co-author, with Martha Siegel, of the book New Land, New Language, published by New Readers Press in 2006 and the co-author, with Willie Mays, of the book Willie Mays,"Play Ball!" published by Simon & Schuster. She has an extensive background in the book publishing industry.
Mr. Oscar Carvalho-Neto is originally from Brazil, where he has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and he currently work as an adjunct lecturer in the Education and Language Acquisition department at LaGuardia Community College teaching ESL and ESA courses. In addition, Mr. Carvalho-Neto has worked as a tutor at LaGuardia's Writing Center and the ESL lab. He has experience teaching and tutoring for the ACT, CPE, the recently implemented CATW as well as college-level writing, grammar and ENG/ESL labs. Working with students whose native language is not English has allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of language acquisition and the common processes students go through in L2 development, regardless of background. Interests in the field include vocabulary acquisition, code switching as in-group identity marker, interlanguage and L1 influence in L2 acquisition. Mr. Carvalho-Neto has also worked as an assistant instructor of education courses to after-school workers developed by CUNY in partnership with The Center for After-School Excellence. Having been a part of the LaGuardia community for over five years, he is not only familiar with the college's culture of offering quality education, but he also respects and values LaGuardia Community College's commitment to personal and intellectual growth.
Yatsen Chan is a native of Brownsville, Texas, who has spent practically all of his adult life working in South Texas, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and New York as an ESL/EFL teacher and as a translator from Chinese to English and from Spanish to Chinese for Hong Kong-based film publications. He has taught at public schools in Texas, at Feng Chia University in Taiwan, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY, and at LaGuardia Community College. While a university instructor in Taiwan back in the late seventies, he co-authored, with Peter J. Gallery, an EFL text called The Way We Say It. He has also co-authored, with the Taiwanese writer Li Pu-er, a Chinese-language short story called "Those Cosmopolitan Liberals and the White Man's Burden."
YongJun Choi received his M.A. in comparative linguistics of the Korean and Japanese languages from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He spent 2001-2011 living in Japan, teaching the Korean language at private language schools in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. He is currently an adjunct Korean/Japanese language instructor at LaGuardia Community College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Korea Society and New York University, and works at Columbia University as a teaching associate. He has taught a wide range of Korean/Japanese levels, ranging from beginner to early-advanced.
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Lamees got the MA from Cairo University in 2008 from Department of English Language and Literature in Comparative Literature. She started her academic career in 2003. She worked with college level students in Egypt. She taught language and literature courses at The Faculty of Arts, Banha University, Egypt. In New York, she worked as a script writer for a well known Arabic weekly Show which is directed to the Arab American in the US & Canada Now she is teaching Arabic language and literature at both Laguardia CC and John Jay College."
Kimberly Farrar has a BA in Poetry from the University of Arizona and an MA in TESOL from Hunter College. She taught ESL to high school students for many years in the New York City public schools. She also taught ESL to international music students at The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and BMCC. She has been an adjunct in the Communication Skills department at LaGuardia since 2007. She is a published poet and essayist.
Kelsey Fox received her MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from New York University and has a BA in English literature with a minor in writing from the University of Central Arkansas. She has been teaching reading, writing, and language through a mix of various internships, volunteer work, and in the classroom since 2009. She currently teaches English to speakers of other languages and particularly enjoys focusing on students' writing and reading skills.
Richard Furlong started his teaching career at a private language school in Istanbul in the summer of 1996. After a bit over three years in Turkey, he relocated to Japan, where for the next five years he taught EFL to primary, secondary, and tertiary students at Hiroshima University and affiliated elementary and junior high schools. While in Japan, he was the Hiroshima area coordinator of English Teachers in Japan and a member of the editorial board for its publications, The ETJ Journal and Snakes and Ladders. This was followed by a brief stint at the British Council in Tunis before joining the CUNY system, first at Hostos Community College, then at LaGuardia.
Furlong began his university education as a nuclear engineering major at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he transferred to City College to complete a BA in English literature. He was awarded an MA from the University of Leicester (UK), where he specialized in second language acquisition. Beside LaGuaardia Mr. Furlong also teach at BMCC and pace University.
Rui Huang is an graduate student in Computational Linguistics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She earned her undergraduate degree from Beijing International Studies University in Korean Studies, with a minor in Jurisprudence. Her research interests are language acquisition and machine learning in part of speech tagging.
Darlene Intlekofer has been an adjunct instructor in the Education and Language Acquisition Department at LaGuardia Community College since Fall 2009. She mainly teaches Intro to Language (ELL 101), but has also taught Intro to Bilingualism (ELN 101) and various academic ESL writing courses, and is certified in the Cuny Assessment Test for Writing (CATW). Previous teaching experience includes Spanish language courses in the Baltimore area to a wide range of age groups within diverse instructional settings, and adult ESL conversational and grammar courses in Philadelphia. Darlene earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Goucher College, MD, and a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a doctoral candidate in linguistics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests are in phonetics, laboratory phonology, and Austronesian languages, particularly Tagalog. For more information
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David Levin has been a City and State certified ESL teacher for the New York City Board of Education for 30 years. His licenses are in both elementary and secondary ESL. He has taught ESL from the kindergarten level through twelfth grade. He received his BA and MS degrees from Queens College, an MA in ESL from Adelphi University, and a doctorate from St. John's University. His specialty in the high schools is preparation of ESL students for the New York State Regents English Examination. At St. John's University, where he has taught since 1988, his expertise is teaching English to business majors. At LaGuardia, where he has been an adjunct since 1989, he has taught all ESL levels and presently specializes in preparing the ESL students for the ACT Examination..
MA 2006 University of Florence, Italy
Fields of Study:
Foreign Languages and Literature
Previous Teaching Experience:
Bronx Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Lisset Martínez Herryman holds a BA from the University of Havana and an MA from St. John's University. She is a Spanish teacher, art historian, and independent curator. She has written and lectured on Cuban and Latin American art, and curated numerous exhibitions throughout Cuba and the United States. She organizes the program "Spanish Through the Arts" for En Nueva York, a cultural organization that promotes the arts and culture in the city.
Andrew McCormick has instructed writing courses for the English Department (primarily ENG 099 and ENG 101) since 2007, and, more recently, ESA 099 for the ELA Department, since the spring of 2012. Prior to teaching at LaGuardia, Andrew was a tutor in the English Writing Center (from 2004 to 2008), where his interests in literature, linguistics, and especially teaching writing and ESL were set into motion. Currently, Andrew's pedagogical interests include the development of literacy skills in English language learners, the influence of genre on students' writing skills, and the issue of text simplification for ESL writers. Having taught writing at the college level as well as to advanced ESL students, Andrew is particularly interested in students' transition from ESL programs into college composition courses and might like to formally research and write about this issue at some point. Andrew recently began working on a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. Some of his research interests in the field include functional grammar, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics. He received his M.A. in English Literature from Queens College (2012) and his M.S. in TESOL from City College (2009). His B.A. in English Literature is from Adelphi University (2007).
"Jonathan Elí Melgar received both his B.A. (2013) and M.A. (2016) in Spanish from The City College of New York, CUNY. His research focuses on 20th - 21st Century Central American literature and sexuality studies. Please
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Jeanne Michaels graduated from SUNY at Purchase College in 2001 with a BA in Anthropology and a BFA in Dance Performance. She spent 2003-2004 living in Tokyo, working with a Japanese sports club chain, helping them to develop a Pilates’ training program. She fell in love with the culture and people, and was inspired to seriously pursue Japanese studies after returning to the US. Through her studies she was able to pass level two of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and receive a ranking of Advanced- Low on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ OPI. She is currently pursuing a MA in TESOL from Hunter College’s School of Education, and expects to graduate with honors in the Spring of 2014. She was honored to receive the Critical Language Scholarship in Japanese from the US State Department, in the spring of 2013. She completed the two-month intensive language training program in August of this year. In addition to teaching elementary Japanese at LaGuardia, she is also an adjunct lecturer in Japanese at Hunter College. After completing her MA from Hunter, she plans to pursue a PhD in either Applied Linguistics or Japanese Pedagogy. She is interested in research topics related to sociolinguistics, and native language interference in acquisition of a second language.
Hiroko Miyashita received her BA in Linguistics from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, and holds a certificate for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from Waseda University. She is currently an adjunct Japanese Language Instructor at LaGuardia Community College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Baruch College; and served as the former Editor-in-Chief of Y’s Publishing from 2007 to 2012. Her research interests are second language acquisition and sociolinguistics. In addition, she has a strong interest in studying “Japanese pop culture and Japanese language”. Therefore, she is currently pursuing a MA in Liberal Studies from School for Graduate Studies, Empire State College, SUNY. She has a deep appreciation of Japanese traditional culture as well. She has learned shodo (Japanese calligraphy), playing koto (Japanese harp) and shamisen (Japanese banjo) for over ten years since she was three years old.
Lewis Ni has been teaching academic ESL at LaGuardia since 1990. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the Foreign Language Institute in Luyang, China and a Certificate of ESL Service from Baruch College, CUNY. He also has a Bilingual Certificate of English and Chinese for the New York City Public Schools. Before coming here, he was an English instructor at Shanghai University, China, where he taught a full range of EFL courses and provided complete interpreting and translating services to visiting US delegations. He worked as an interpreter for the Sino-American Conference on Education, CUNY, in 1995 and 2004. His publications include Meiguo Fengqing Lu, which is a Chinese translation of the book Miscellaneous Scenes of America, and articles in Chinese periodicals based on Voice of America broadcasts.
Peter Purchia holds a BA from Fordham University and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a long-time adjunct in ESL, teaching writing, mostly at the ESL098 and ESL099 levels. He also has some experience teaching the Humanities Pair. His strong interests are travel and the arts, and he is also active as a photographer for a stock photo agency.
Zena Ruskai received her MA in Bilingual Eduation from Teachers College-Columbia University in 2007 and her BA in Spanish/Puerto Rican Studies from Rutgers University in 2003. Zena Ruskai has a wide range of expeirience in teaching bilingual children, but also in teaching Spanish to students of all ages in the United States and in other parts of the world. She also has served as a Student Teacher Field Supervisor of Foreign Language at York College-CUNY. Zena aims to promote the langauage of Spanish, the importance of being multilingual in society, and the necesity to educate her fellow teachers on best practices in teaching Spanish as a second language to their students.
Fritzy Sannon-Brown, life-long educator, joined the Communications Skills Department at Laguardia Community College in Spring of 2000. She holds an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from York College, CUNY, a Masters in Special Education from Adelphi University and a post-master*s certificate in School administration & supervision from Queens College, CUNY. Her 20 plus years of experience working in public and private institutions, have enabled her to expand her knowledge in various pedagogical models to increase student outcomes. In addition to her many years at Laguardia, Fritzy has taught graduate courses in Special Education and Educational Foundations to students in teacher preparation programs and has over 13 years experience as an administrator in the public schools. Lastly, her experiences teaching students from birth through college including students with Autism and behavioral challenges have allowed Fritzy to further continue her studies, conducting research in Educational Leadership as a doctoral candidate.
Martha Siegel has been an adjunct lecturer at LGCC since 1999. She has an MSW from Columbia University and an MA in TESOL from Hunter College. She is the co-author, with Maxine Berger, of the book, New Land, New Language, an ESL workbook based on true immigrant stories of past residents of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, published by New Readers Press in 2006. Prior to teaching ESL, she worked as a psychiatric social worker, specializing in children and families. Later, she had her own business of representing fabric designers to the fashion and home furnishings trade. She has taught in several departments at LGCC: TELC, English, Communication Skills, and currently in ELA, and has taught courses in many ESL skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary.) She loves working with the diverse student body of LAGCC.
Dr. Sandra Stern is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College. She holds a Ph.D. and M. Phil. in Spanish Literatures and Languages from the CUNY Graduate Center, an MA Spanish, from CUNY City College and a BSW from Temple University. She teaches courses in Spanish acquisition, urban studies, bilingual education and heritage language. Her areas of interest are the Puerto Rican short story and novel, minority languages and cultures in the Caribbean, English-language Latino writers in the U.S.A. and mural art. She is also the founder and editor of a small book publishing company.
Paula Teitelbaum holds a BA in Spanish and Russian from SUNY at Buffalo and an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She first taught ESL at TELC 1980-1991. She also taught ESL and Spanish as a foreign language as well as a heritage language for the NYC DOE at the secondary level. She returned to LaGuardia to teach ESL in the ELA department in 2010. Paula’s other languages are Polish, Yiddish and Hebrew. In addition to teaching ESL she is also well known as a Yiddish teacher in New York City and beyond.
Kyoko M. Toyama, a native of Tokyo, Japan, teachers all levels of Japanese in the ELA Department. She is also an Associate Professor in the department of Counseling at LaGuardia and has been teaching and counseling students in the College Discovery program and serving as supervisor for graduate students in counseling for more than twenty years. She has conducted training workshops in the areas of cross-cultural counseling and her research interests are college students' retention and persistence and women’s psychological development, particularly related to Asian/Asian American women. She has an MA and MEd from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD from New York University, both in Counseling Psychology. Kyoko is an Executive Board member of Asian American Research Institute of CUNY. When not working, she is a drummer and an instructor or taiko (Japanese drum).
illiam Valdes-Diaz holds a BA in Spanish from Montclair State University, and an MA and PhD in Spanish language and literature from New York University. She started her professional teaching career at LaGuardia Community College, where she taught Spanish for over six years in the Department of Humanities and the School of Continuing Education.
Dr. Valdes-Diaz has over 25 years of experience in adult education, working at the AT&T and Bell Labs learning organizations. There, she partnered with the American Council on Education and with Stevens Institute of Technology to obtain graduate and undergraduate credits for many of the AT&T and Bell Labs courses.
Dr. Valdes-Diaz served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Montclair State University for over 12 years. She worked as a Spanish interpreter and consultant for the Special Services Department of the Lodi School District in New Jersey, and has taught English as a Second Language as part of the Literacy Volunteers of America. She is now back at LaGuardia, teaching Spanish in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition.