Part-time Faculty

Mohamed Abdel-Rahman
Tel: 718-482-5640 | Room: B-234 | mabdelrahman1@fordham.edu
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Zoya Abramova
Tel: 718-482-5640 | Room: B-234 | NA
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Elinor Amlen
Tel: 718-482-5640 | Room: B-234 | eamlen@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Michelle Amos
Tel: 718-482-5640 | Room: B-234 | mamos@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Mayra Baez
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | mbaez@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Lislie Bell
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | lbell@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Maxine Berger
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | mberger@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Oscar D. Carvalho-Nato
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | ocarvalhoneto@lagcc.cuny.edu
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
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | ychan@lagcc.cuny.edu
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."

Valentina Ciaprazi
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | vclaprazi@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Winfield Cooper
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | NA
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Josephine Curatolo
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | jcuratolo@lagcc.cuny.edu
Josephine Curatolo is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition. She has taught Italian, Spanish and is currently teaching an ESL Writing Course. Ms. Curatolo holds a Master's Degree in TESOL from New York University.

Ruth Dewey
Tel: 718-482-5640 | Room: B-234 | rdewey@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Debby Diaz
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | NA
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Jacquelyn DiMitri
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | NA
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Susan Dorrington
Tel: 718-482-5644 | Room: B-234 | sdorrington@lagcc.cuny.edu
Susan Dorrington has been an ESL teacher at LaGuardia Community College since March 2008. Before that, she taught at Parsons The New School for Design, Bronx Community College and the Cope Institute.
She studied Graphic Design (BA) and Information Design (MA) at DeMontfort University in the UK and TESOL at The New School in New York City.
Before moving to New York City, she worked for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Longman publishers where she designed and produced textbooks for ESL students. She continues to design and evaluate ESL materials, both in print and on the Web.

Jennifer DuJat
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | jdujat@lagcc.cuny.edu
Jennifer DuJat has been teaching ESL inside and outside of the classroom since 2006. She has been an adjunct lecturer in the ELA department at LaGuardia since the Spring Semester 2009. Over the years, she has taught ESL/ESR 097,098,099 and ESA099. She holds a BA in English literature from Purchase College of SUNY, an MA in English literature from Queens College of CUNY, a TESOL certification, and is CATW certified. During the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010, she also taught at Columbia University. In fall 2013, she started teaching English 101 at Pace University. Other experience includes reading courses, CATW prep, and tutoring at CUNY City Tech for three semesters. From spring 2011 - fall 2013 she taught academic writing with the Developmental Skills department for BMCC. She recently joinedthe English Programme at The United Nations helping students to polish their professional English skills.

Gregory Dunn
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | gdunn@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Porsha Hope Esterene
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | pesterene@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Darcy Faro
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | dfaro@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Kimberly Farrar
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | NA
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Christine Fernandez
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | NA
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Mary Fjeldstad
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | NA
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Ester Flaim
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | eflaim@lagcc.cuny.edu
Ester has a B.A. in Intercultural sciences and methods from the University of Trieste (Italy) and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College Columbia University. At LaGuardia she teaches elementary Italian and ESL writing.

Kelsey Fox
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | kfox@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Miho Fujimori
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | mfujimori@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Richard Furlong (Weber)
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | rfurlong@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Frank Gerace
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | fgerace@lagcc.cuny.edu
Frank Gerace Ph.D (Communications, University of Texas at Austin, 1976). He has served in Latin America in UN and national Educational and Communication Projects, and has taught in Bolivian and Peruvian Universities. His book "Comunicación Horizontal: Ascenso de Masas y Movilización Social", Studium, Lima, 1975, was seminal in the emerging movement of Latin American Development Support Communications. He has been an adjunct in the Communications Skills Department since 2000, as well as maintaining a strong bilingual presence on the web. He provides guidance on accent reduction and the proper American English accent at http://www.GoodAccent.com. He also offers resources for Spanish Speaking learners of English at: http://www.InglesParaLatinos.com. At present he has his publications in English and Spanish available in various sites on the web.

Kim Melissa Greenaway
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | mgreenaway@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Lisset Martinez Herryman
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | lmartinez@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Darlene Intlekofer
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | dintlekofer@lagcc.cuny.edu
Darlene Intlekofer has been an adjunct instructor in the Education and Language Acquisition Department at LaGuardia Community College since Fall 2009. She teaches Introduction to Language and academic ESL writing courses; she 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 PhD student in linguistics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on Tagalog phonetics and phonology.

Givanni M. Ildefonso
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | Ildefonso@exchange.tc.columbia.edu
Givanni M. Ildefonso, Ph.D., is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia, where she teaches Foundations of American Education.
Dr. Ildefonso holds a doctorate from Columbia University, where she conducted research in the Program of Philosophy and Education. Her dissertation work, "Recovering Leisure: Otium as The Basis of Education", is a conceptual study which examines the educational benefits of what the ancients called otium: the time and freedom from overt action that allows people to think about the world and their reasons for being. This work lends itself as an occasion to examine the value of otium (leisure) in order to recover its original educational significance and to derive crucial implications for the theory and practice of teaching. It is grounded on the philosophy of Plato, Aristotle, Josef Pieper, and other contemporary writers and researchers in the fields of Philosophy and Philosophy and Education.
Dr. Ildefonso was Preceptor of Contemporary Civilization at Columbia University and has taught courses in philosophy of education at Hofstra University and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Rieko Ishibashi
Tel: 718-482-5640 | Room: B-234 | rhishibashi@gmail.com
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Neil Kernis
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | nkernis@lagcc.cuny.edu
Neil Kernis is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Communication Skills Program and a doctoral student in the Adult Learning and Leadership Program at Teachers College of Columbia University. He has been an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructor in Istanbul, Turkey, and has taught for the Writing Program at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey. Prior to joining LaGuardia, he was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the Universitatea de Vest in Timișoara, Romania, where he lectured in the Department of Letters, History and Theology. He holds a BS in Social Work from Skidmore College and an MA in International Affairs from the New School.

Dianne Kevielier-Smith
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | dsmith@lagcc.cuny.edu
Dianne Kevelier-Smith is an adjunct instructor in American Sign Language. She has worked in this capacity at LaGuardia for the past eight years. As a graduate of Queens College of CUNY, she received both her BS and MS degrees in education. She was a certified teacher with the New York City Board of Education, and is currently retired from the New York City Department of Correction. She graduated from the LaGuardia Interpreter Education Program in 2002 and is currently an American Sign Language interpreter at Middle College High School.

Carmen King
Tel: 718-482-5640 | Room: B-234 | OrganicASL@gmail.com
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David Levin
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | dlevin@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Irma Lynch-Patterson
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | ilynch-patterson@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Martha Martinez
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | martham@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Andrew McCormick
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | amccormick@lagcc.cuny.edu
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).

Ernest Menéndez-Conde
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | emenendez-conde@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Jeanne Michaels
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | jmicha@hunter.cuny.edu
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.

Maria Mieles
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | mmieles@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Beth Milner
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | emilner@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Angela Mora
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | amora@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Tomomi Moriwake
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | tmoriwake@lagcc.cuny.edu
Tomomi Moriwake is a trilingual language instructor, translator, interpreter, communications professional, and writer in English, Japanese, and French. She holds a BA in anthropology from New York University, an MA in anthropology from Columbia University, and an MA in TESOL from New York University. She has rich cross-cultural experience in Asia, North America, Western and Eastern Europe, and North Africa.

Lewis Ni
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | lni@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Maria Palau
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | mpalau@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Paolo Pellecchia
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | paolopellecchia.ge@gmail.com
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Chun-yi Peng
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | cpeng2@gc.cuny.edu
Chun-Yi Peng has been an adjunct instructor in Chinese (ELC 101 and 102) and linguistics (ELL 101) at LaGuardia Community College since 2013. He is also a doctoral student in the Linguistics Program at the Graduate Center of CUNY, where he is a research assistant for the LENS Assessment projects in the Second Language Acquisition Lab. His research interest includes second language acquisition and sociolinguistics, especially the syntactic variation among Chinese dialect. His current research is looking at the effect of media exposure on the grammaticality judgment of people who speak 'standard' Mandarin. He received his BA in International Business from National Taiwan University and MA in linguistics from Michigan State University.

Peter Purchia
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | ppurchia@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Jeremy Rafal
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | jrafal@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Amalia Rechtman
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | arechtman@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Silvia Reyes
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | silviare@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Fanny Rodriguez
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | fannrod@hotmail.com
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Paula Rosa-Gerstein
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | prose-gerstein@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Mercedes del Rosario
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | mdelrosario@lagcc.cuny.edu
Mercedes del Rosario has an Ed.D. in International Education Development with a concentration on International Education Policy and an EdM in International Education Development with concentration on Language, Literacy and Technology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also has an MA in Instructional Technology from San Francisco State University. Currently, she is the Director of the ePortfolio Initiative at LaGuardia Community College. Dr. del Rosario has many years of professional experience in instructional design and technology training for teachers, both local and international. She has taught in the Philippines, Costa Rica and the US. She has also conducted professional development training for inservice teachers in Mongolia.
Her scholarly interests and educational research experience focuses on the use of ICT in national development and educational reform through innovation. She has also conducted international research on drop-out issues in post-socialist countries. Click here (you need to log in e-Portofolio to see this page) and here for more information about Dr. del Rosario.

Mary Teresa Ryan
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | mryan@gc.cuny.edu
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Fritzy Sannon-Brown
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | fsannon-brown@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Jennifer Scully
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | jscully@lagcc.cuny.edu
Jennifer Scully has been teaching ESL since 1993, when she earned her MA in TESOL from Hunter College, CUNY. She has worked with English learners from Kindergarten to college and has taught college level ESL at numerous institutions in New York City. In 2007, she earned her doctorate in Multilingual/Multicultural Studies from NYU; her research and publications focus on best practices in working with English language learners in various educational settings. She joined the faculty of the ELA Department in January 2012.

Ahmed Shamim
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | ashamim@lagcc.cuny.edu
Ahmed Shamim has an MA in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York and is now working toward completing his doctoral degree in Linguistics there. His research interests include language policies and ideologies, endangered language documentation, and the descriptive grammar of Bangla. He also holds an MA in English literature from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.
Mr. Shamim has taught a range of courses, including linguistics, Bangla language, and English literature at several universities in Bangladesh. He has been teaching linguistics at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, New York since 2011. He also teaches Bangla languages at the South Asian Summer Language Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Rick Shur
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | rshur@lagcc.cuny.edu
Rick Shur has a BA in psycholinguistics from Columbia College and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has been teaching ESL at LaGuardia since 1979. His area of specialization is computer-assisted learning, and he has written software games for practicing grammar including GuessWhat! and Concentration. He has written a grammar and vocabulary manual for ESL students and has also designed quizzes and games for use with Blackboard courseware. His personal Web site is http://www.ESLprof.com.

Martha Siegel
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | msiegel@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Rita Marcia Da Silva
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | rdasilva@lagcc.cuny.edu
Rita Da Silva is an adjunct instructor in Portuguese. She holds an MA in TESOL from the City College of New York, and an MA in school administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She is a native of Brazil who is interested in helping others to learn and enjoy her native language and culture.

Sandra Stern
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | NA
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Rebekah Smith
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | resmith@lagcc.cuny.edu
Rebekah Smith has taught in the Academic ESL department since 2009. She has also taught ESL at Kingsborough Community College, as well as in the Czech Republic and Russia. She has an M.A. in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center (CUNY), and loves both learning and teaching languages.

Paula Teitelbaum
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | pteitelbaum@lagcc.cuny.edu
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.

Nancy Torres-Nolasco
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | ntorres-nolasco@lagcc.cuny.edu
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George Tsouris
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | georgetsouris@gmail.com
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Lilliam Valdez-Diaz
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | lvaldes-diaz@lagcc.cuny.edu
Lilliam 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.

Andrew Willimetz
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | awillimetz@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Nora Yood
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | nyood@lagcc.cuny.edu
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Rong Zhang
Tel: 718-482-5460 | Room: B-234 | rzhang@lagcc.cuny.edu
Rong Zhang has been teaching ESL reading and writing at LaGuardia Community College since 1992. He is also an administrator of literacy programs at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. He has a Master's degree in liberal arts with an emphasis on teaching English as a Second Language.