SIT Graduate Institute TESOL Certificate

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  • Nisha AghaNisha Agha
    Nisha earned her MATESL in from the University of Illinois in 2009. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a minor in French from Mount Holyoke College.
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  • Susan BerrySusan Berry
    Susan Berry earned her Master of Arts in TESOL from the School for International Training. She is originally from Santa Cruz, CA and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara.
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  • David BoeschDavid Boesch
    After getting his Masters in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam in 2005, David traveled to Korea where he taught for five years. . 
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  • phot-Ellen-bradley-thumbEllen Bradley
    A graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program, Ellen Bradley has over 30 years' teaching and training experience in Asia and North America and lived and taught in Japan for four years.
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  • Ron BradleyRon Bradley
    Ron Bradley earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from SIT in 1971. He has taught and trained throughout Asia and North America during a 35-year career that has taken him to more than 35 countries.  He has done training in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Korea, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. 
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  • James Brawn
    James has over fifteen years of teaching experience, nearly ten years of experience with curriculum and materials development, and over five years of teacher-training experience. He started as a high school English teacher in Texas, but a sense of adventure pushed him to distant shores.
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  • Elias Castillo
    My life started sixty one years ago in a paradisiacal community of Ecuador surrounded by mountains and crossed by rivers. My education took me to different cities of my country. When I was twelve years old, I became in contact with languages: I studied Italian, Latin and Old Greek, then English and Quichua; also I took a short course in German.
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  • Autumn Clark
    Autumn Clark is from the Berkshires in western Massachusetts and has been living and working in NY for about 6 years. She has a Bachelor degree in Theater and Education and has been teaching English as a second language for 4 years (General English, TOEFL Preparation, and Basic Writing Composition).
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  • phot-clark-berniceBernice Clark
    Bernice Clark is Teacher Training Coordinator at the American Center in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).  She has lived and worked in Asia for 17 years, in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and now Myanmar. 
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  • Lynne CoetzerLynne Coetzer
    Lynne holds a BA in Development Administration from the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and a Bachelor of Law from the University of South Africa.
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  • Kate CookKate Cook
    Kate has Master's degrees in Literature and Information Science and earned her post-graduate certificate in TESOL from the University of Toronto, Ontario. 
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  • Rosane CorreiaRosane Correia
    Rosane Correia has a Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the State University of Campinas, Brazil. She's originally from Rio de Janeiro.
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  • Sara DavilaSara Davila
    Sara Davila has been teaching and training teachers for over ten years. She first started teaching as a volunteer with Americorps, working to develop arts programming in Chicago.
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  • David DonaldsonDavid Donaldson
    David Donaldson has been living and teaching English in Barcelona for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds the Cambridge DELTA Diploma.
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  • Gen DunlapGen Dunlap
    Gen Dunlap earned her Master of Arts degree in TESOL from the California State University at East Bay in 2009 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of San Diego in 1994.
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  • Tana EbaughTana Ebaugh
    Tana Ebaugh has been a teacher educator since 2001 working in Thailand, the United States and South Korea. She holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Electronics, and a Masters in the Art of Teaching.
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  • Mei Lan FrameMei Lan Frame
    Mei Lan has worked in the field of English language teaching for over 18 years as a teacher, consultant and teacher trainer. She holds an MA in Asian Religion from the University of Hawaii, as well as a TEFL diploma from the English Language Center in London.
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  • Caroline GearCaroline Gear
    Caroline Gear has been at the International Language Institute of Massachusetts located in Northampton, MA since 1986 as teacher, administrator and teacher trainer.
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  • Jennifer Gemma
    Jennifer Gemma earned her Master’s Degree in TESOL from St. Mary´s College of California. She has been teaching (Spanish and EFL/ESL) for over seven years and training for a year and a half.
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  • Kevin GiddensKevin Giddens
    Born and raised in North Carolina, Kevin’s passion for teaching and intercultural understanding led him to a BA in Anthropology and the MA in TESOL at SIT Graduate Institute.
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  • Debbie GoldmanDebbie Goldman
    Debbie has a BS in Spanish / Linguistics from Georgetown University, is a graduate of the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM) program and recently finished her Master’s Degree in TEFL.  She has trained teachers in the US, Brazil and Mexico. She is also co-author of two EFL textbooks.
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  • German GomezGerman Gomez
    German Gomez studied Economics at Tulane University in New Orleans and at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City. He also holds a TESOL certificate from the School for International Training (SIT). He has worked as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer over the past 12 years.
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  • Mike GriffinMike Griffin
    Michael Griffin is originally from Connecticut but hasn't lived in the States for 10 years. When he visits the US he divides his time between New York City and Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
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  • Dana HorsteinDana Horstein
    Dana Horstein worked as an English language instructor in Chicago for 8 years before moving to Mexico to teach EFL in 2010. 
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  • Kate Hyde
    Kate Hyde is a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program and has been teaching for almost 15 years.
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  • Alexis JohnsonAlexis Johnson
    Alexis is the Executive Director and co-founder of the International Language Institute of MA, Inc .
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  • Linda KozaLinda Koza
    Linda-Marie earned an MA in TESOL from the University of San Francisco and a TESOL certificate from SIT Graduate Institute. She also has an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BS in organizational behavior from USF.
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  • Brian LongBrian Long
    Brian Long is currently a full-time EdD student in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University.
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  • John KongsvikJohn Kongsvik
    John Kongsvik earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from SIT.
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  • Tanya KlymenkoTanya Klymenko
    Tanya Klymenko graduated with honors from Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine, where she received a Master’s Degree in TESOL.  She holds the IH Certificate in Teaching English to Adults and the IHCYL. 
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  • Viktoriya KovalevskaVictoriya Kovalevska
    A native of Berdyansk, Ukraine, Viktoriya Kovalevska has been teaching English to learners of various ages and levels since 2002. She is also an experienced Spanish and Russian instructor.
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  • Joshua KurzweilJoshua Kurzweil
    Josh began his teaching career in 1990. He has taught and trained in Japan, Spain, the Republic of Georgia, and the United States.
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  • Jacqui LückJacqui Lück
    Jacqui Lück is from South Africa and has over 20 years teaching experience. Eight years was spent teaching English at a high school and 15 years at a university.
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  • Shirley (Lewis) MantillaShirley (Lewis) Mantilla
    As a small town Kansas girl, Shirley Mantilla dreamed of living in the Andes on the equator.
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  • Joah McGeeJoah McGee
    Joah McGee was infected by the travel bug from a young age, when he was introduced to different parts of North America on family vacations.
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  • Michael McMillanMichael McMillan
    Michael McMillan is a graduate of SIT’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, and also has an MS from Columbia University in Urban Planning. A native of the US, Michael has lived in Thailand since 2003.
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  • Stuart McMullenStuart McMullen
    Stuart McMullen earned his Master of Education Med. in 2008 from the Open University in London. He currently lives and works in Thailand, and has been there since 2008. 
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  • Sergei Nesterenko
    Sergei is an affiliated faculty member with the SIT Graduate Institute of World Learning. He holds two Master degrees (in TESOL and Management) and has been a professional language teacher and teacher educator since 1990.
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  • Andy NoonanAndy Noonan
    Andy Noonan is from Portland, Oregon, but has no idea where home is or is going to be. He has taught for a total of 8 years in Japan in several different schools, including the JICA training center for volunteers about to work in developing countries.
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  • Annie PolatsekAnnie Polatsek
    Annie Polatsek graduated from SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program. After a stopover in Japan, she traveled the world as an English Language Fellow/Coordinator for the next 8 years in Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Bosnia, Albania, Indonesia & Croatia.
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  • Zhenya PolosatovaZhenya Polosatova
    Zhenya Polosatova holds two master’s degrees (in TESOL and psychology) and has been involved in the ELT field since 1998.
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  • Jeff PucciniJeff Puccini
    Originally from Chicago, Jeff received his BA from UW-Madison in English Lit. From SIT, he received his TESOL Certificate and Master of Arts in TESOL (go SMAT 27!).
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  • Ivan QuinterosIvan Quinteros
    Ivan Quinteros has been a teacher and a teacher trainer for over 12 years. During this time he has participated in several teacher training courses such as the Teacher Training Course and the SIT TESOL Certificate Course. He has also participated in several language teaching conferences in Guatemala.
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  • Roger RamirezRoger Ramirez
    Roger was born in Brooklyn New York and moved to Costa Rica at the age of 14 with his family. Roger received his BA from Universidad de Costa Rica in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
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  • David ReadDavid Read
    David Read holds an MSc in TESOL from Aston University, in addition to the Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL Diploma.
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  • Susan RenaudSusan Renaud
    Susan earned her post-graduate certificate in TESL from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada.  She began teaching as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, Africa in 1968, and has been teaching on and off ever since. 
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  • Betsy RiderBetsy Rider
    Betsy taught in the Intensive English Language Institute at Worcester State University for two years, and has taught Intensive English, TOEFL Preparation, English for Immigrants and Refugees, and the TESOL Certificate course, all at the International Language Institute of Massachusetts in Northampton, MA. 
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  • Micah RisherMicah Risher
    I have an M.Ed. in International Education and a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology.  My enthusiasm for education has led me to be a project manager in Afghanistan, an English Language Fellow in Bangladesh, a college student in India, a workshop presenter in Nepal, and a classroom teacher in Poland, Ukraine and South Korea. 
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  • Karine Roesch
    Karine Roesch is International Language Institute (ILI) of Massachusetts TESOL Training Program Coordinator. Since joining the school in 1992, she has taught ESOL and French, as well as trained and supervised teachers in various ILI programs.
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  • Andriy RuzhynskiyAndriy Ruzhynskiy
    Andriy Ruzhynskiy is a Senior Teacher and Teacher Trainer at International House Language Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 1984 he graduated with honors from Kharkiv State University, and in 1990 obtained his PhD in teaching. Since then he has taught English and Russian to students from all over the world.
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  • Mary SchollMary Scholl
    Mary Scholl, a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program, has been teaching for 15 years. She has taught in both public and private settings in Asia, North America and South America.
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  • Maristela SilvaMaristela Silva
    Maristela Silva earned her Master of Arts in American Studies from Washington State University and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Amazonas Federal University in Manaus, Brazil. 
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  • Helen SmithHelen Smith
    Helen Smith, a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program (MAT 27), hails from the UK but immigrated to Australia in 2001. An EFL teacher since 1987, she has taught in many countries including Turkey, Italy, Japan and the Czech Republic.
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  • James StakenbergJames Stakenberg
    James comes from Australia but is currently living and training in New York. He has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in TESOL.
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  • Steven TaitSteven Tait
    Steve earned his M.Ed in TESOL from the University of Wollongong in Australia. As well as overseeing administration and training for SIT TESOL courses, he works as the Supervisor responsible for Teacher Development at AUA Language Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
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  • Philip ThompsonPhilip Thompson
    Philip Thompson hails from Sheffield, England and has an MA as well as a CELTA from his hometown University. 
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  • Gina ThurstonGina Thurston
    Gina Thurston earned her Master's of Arts in Teaching from SIT in 1997. Over the past 12 years she has been involved in teaching, teacher training and program administration in Japan, the United States, Mexico and the Czech Republic.
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  • Thomas TophamThomas Topham
    Tom has a BA in Philosophy, as well as the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA teaching certificates. He has been teaching since the mid 90s, and training teachers since 1999.
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  • Justin TrullingerJustin Trullinger
    Justin Trullinger is a language teacher, teacher trainer, and student of languages with experience in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He is currently living in Seoul, South Korea, and has recently worked in Korea, Myanmar, Ecuador, and the US.
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  • Burcu TüğenBurcu Tüğen
    Burcu Tüğen is a teacher, manager and supervisor with ten years of experience in English Language Teaching.
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  • visiliu-thumbIsabela Vasiliu
    Isabela’s joyful career in teaching all began with a passion for learning the English language itself. After six years teaching English majors at the Stefan cel Mare University of Suceya in Romania, her homeland, she joined the AUA Language Center in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2006.
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  • Wagner VeillardWagner Veillard
    Wagner Veillard is a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program. A native of Brazil, he has taught and trained in South America, North America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Eastern Europe for 18 years.
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  • Dawn WinkDawn Wink
    Dawn Wink received a BA in International Relations, an MA in Bilingual/Cross-cultural Leadership, and has lived in Mexico, Spain, and Germany. Co-author of the book, “Teaching Passionately: What’s Love Got To Do With It?”, her articles and essays about multicultural and multilingual education have appeared in numerous journals and books.
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  • James WuJames Wu
    James Wu was born in Taiwan and moved to North America with family at the age of 9.  He has taught English in Japan, Costa Rica, Switzerland, the United States and on the Internet. 
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