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Faculty & Staff
Patricia Juza is the Director of the International English Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. She was previously the Director of Global Programs at Baruch College, City University of New York. Patricia holds a Master of Arts in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University. Her areas of interest include program development, business writing and oral communication, second language reading and writing, academic preparation, instructional technology, curriculum and assessment, and teacher training. Additionally, Patricia has served on the NAFSA Region X team, the New York State TESOL Executive Board, and the EnglishUSA Board as Vice President for Advocacy.
Agnes has taught at the International English Center since 2009. She has instructed students in many of the Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in Colorado, and has taught English as a Foreign Language in Hungary and Thailand. She holds a Master’s Degree in TEFL from the University of Debrecen, Hungary, and a Bachelor’s in Teaching English and Russian as Foreign Languages from the Teacher Training College in Szeged, Hungary. Her areas of interest include business English and teacher training. Her passion is teaching English grammar and helping students apply their knowledge to speaking the language accurately. Agnes is currently a member of the Colorado TESOL Board and a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). She has also served as coordinator of the IEC’s Global Business Communication Program.
Amanda has taught at the IEC since 2003. She’s also taught ESL at the University of Denver, in France at Grenoble University, and aboard Japan’s Peace Boat. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from Indiana State University and a BA in English from Centre College. At the IEC, Amanda has been the coordinator of several short-term special programs, editor of the center's ESLevations Journal, electives program coordinator, and a designer of new curriculum. Amanda has presented on experiential learning at local and national conferences. She is a competitive athlete, triathlon/running coach and internationally published writer. Amanda’s passion for remaining connected with students has led her to visit them in Switzerland, Spain, Japan, and the Dominican Republic.
Amelia Tietsort HancsakLecturer
Amelia holds a Masters of Education in Secondary Education with a State of Colorado Secondary Education Teaching Licensure. She also holds a BA in History from Colorado State University with a Foundation TESOL Certificate. Amelia has taught English in Costa Rica and has lived and studied in both Cuernavaca, Mexico and Barcelona, Spain. She is fluent in Spanish. Her areas of interest include second language reading, writing, grammar, and advising. Amelia encourages students to enjoy Boulder through experiential learning, athletics and new activities outside of the classroom so they can maximize their full potential and broaden their outlook while abroad.
Barbara is an instructor and University Preparation curriculum coordinator for the International English Center. She has taught at the IEC since 2007 and has been a coordinator for the Global Business Communication Program. Barbara received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Foreign Language / TESL Education from the University of Texas in Austin, and her BA in French with a Political Science minor at Gonzaga University. Barbara focuses on teaching engaging lessons and helping students excel. She enjoys creating curriculum that incorporates service-learning and academic culture. Besides learning about languages and world cultures, Barbara loves hiking, cycling, skate skiing, and creating clay sculptures.
Chad completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Southeast Missouri State University with specialization in music, language and cultural studies. He received a Master of Arts in Linguistics - TESOL and a Certificate in Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011. He has taught English as a second language in Finland, China and Taiwan as well as in the U.S. Chad has received scholarships to study advanced level Mandarin Chinese in China and Taiwan and he maintains a deep interest in U.S. – China relations. He is active in the study of classical guitar, astronomy, photography and the practice of Aikido.
Connie received a B.S. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master of Arts in Multicultural/Bilingual and ESL Education from CU Boulder. Her professional work includes teacher training and teaching ESL in a variety of public and private settings in the US and abroad in the arenas of K12, community college, adult education, and intensive English. She is a recipient of the Virginia French Allen Award for Excellence in Teaching. Connie serves on the Colorado TESOL Board and is the chairperson for the TESL Advisory Board for Front Range Community College, Boulder. In keeping with her educational and cultural interests, Connie’s outside endeavors involve traveling, volunteering, and building relationships in Central and South America.
Jen holds a Masters in TESOL from University of Wollongong in Australia, a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Metropolitan State of Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from the University of Colorado. She previously taught English as a Second Language at Strathfield College in Sydney, Australia and Spanish at Telluride Middle/High School. Her interests include incorporating technology in the classroom, using games to enhance learning, and enhancing reading instruction.
Karen earned a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity with an emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado Boulder. At the IEC, she specializes in experiential learning and academic writing. She also serves as a primary advisor. She previously worked as an instructor at Truman College in Chicago, Illinois, and at ELS in Denver, Colorado. She also taught overseas in South Korea at the university level, and was a teacher for several years in Colorado public high schools. Karen has been a member of Colorado TESOL for many years and has presented at conferences. She enjoys hiking and fly-fishing in Colorado.
Katie has taught in Albania, Germany, Thailand, and the United States. She earned her Master's in TESOL from Portland State University. She is interested in curriculum development, computer-assisted language learning, writing instruction, game-based learning, and English for specific purposes. Katie has presented internationally on these topics and has worked on large-scale curriculum projects, including an online business English product and an Xbox game. She previously served on Oregon TESOL 's Executive Board, TESOL's 2014 Convention Planning Committee, and TESOL's Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section.
Kim received her MA in Linguistics with a TESOL emphasis from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor of Arts from the same university, in both Japanese Language and Literature. Before starting at the IEC, she taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at a high school in Fukui Prefecture, Japan on the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Her areas of interest include advising, phonetics, teaching English pronunciation, and English for professionals in academic and non-academic settings. Kim has also presented at the 2015 Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages conference, an affiliate of the TESOL International Association.
Kirsten holds an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder, a TEFL Certificate from the Lado Institute in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware. She has taught business English in Germany and adult ESL in Pennsylvania, and has conducted teacher training in Chile. Kirsten’s interests include curriculum design and development, pedagogically sound technology integration in teaching, academic preparation, STEM, business English, and second language acquisition. Additionally, Kirsten has over eight years of non-profit experience in outreach, management, project development and coordination, fundraising, and event planning. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and traveling.
Larry FisherComputer Lab Instructor
Larry is the computer labs supervisor at the International English Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Arts in Near East Languages and Linguistics from the University of Michigan. He taught a number of years in Turkey, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as Director of the preparatory program at Robert College, Istanbul. His academic areas of interest include research writing and instructional technology. He is the Executive Secretary of Colorado TESOL.
Leigh Ann RussellLecturer
Leigh Ann holds a Master of Arts in Education/TESOL from United States International University in San Diego, California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, KY. Leigh Ann was previously the Academic Director of EC San Diego in San Diego, California. She has taught English and worked in the ESL field for 16 years, including two years as a Teacher Trainer with the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, West Africa. In addition to academic ESL, she has taught high school and community college, and developed extensive curricula and exams for global ESL programs. Leigh Ann loves the creativity and challenge of the classroom and also enjoys working with students from around the world.
Luke holds an MA in applied linguistics from Ohio University and an MA in Middle East studies from the American University in Cairo. While teaching ESL at Ohio University, Luke served as director of the Fulbright English for graduate studies orientation, business bridge coordinator, and reading coordinator. In addition to regularly reviewing manuscripts for TESOL Journal, Luke is a trained Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) site reviewer and has served on the TESOL CALL-IS steering committee. Luke’s areas of professional interest are Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), assessment, and vocabulary learning using corpora. Luke is a member of and has presented at TESOL and NAFSA international conferences. In addition to teaching, he enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.
Mark graduated with a BA in international relations/Latin American studies from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and hold a master's in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has 8 years of teaching and teacher training experience in the US and abroad. Mark trained teachers at TEFL International in Costa Rica and more recently served as an English language fellow training future Moroccan teachers in Casablanca, Morocco. He was also a health and sanitation advisor with the Peace Corps in El Salvador. His previous position was as an Education Coordinator at LCI Language Centers. Mark grew up in a military family and has lived all over the world. His other passions include soccer, surfing, swimming, hiking and biking. He speaks Spanish fluently, some French, and a little Arabic.
Matt received his Master’s in Applied Linguistics TESOL and his Bachelor’s in Anthropology (with a focus on Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology) from the University of South Florida. His areas of interest include curriculum and assessment design, English for Specific Purposes, TOEFL preparation, and academic writing. In 2014, Matt presented a curriculum of his design entitled Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence in Business English at the Oxford University Said Business School for the Oxford Intensive School of English conference on Teaching English as a Life Skill. He has also worked on multiple curriculum development projects in California and Colorado. In his free time, Matt enjoys studying other languages, enjoying Colorado’s outdoors, and playing the guitar.
Matthew has an MA in instructional systems design (TESOL) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has been teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language for more than twenty years. He has taught at English institutes at the University of Maryland, the University of Arizona, Oregon State University, and now at the University of Colorado Boulder. Matthew has lived and taught overseas in Japan, Mexico, Namibia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, and Thailand. Matthew is especially interested in developing English for Specific Purpose courses and has designed and taught English for business, nursing, engineering, and academic scholars. Matthew is an avid traveler and has visited over sixty countries. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, riding his motorcycle, and non-fiction books on philosophy, religion, history, and psychology.
Michael Vallee is a lecturer and primary advisor at the International English Center. He was previously an Adult ESL Instructor for Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Colorado. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Linguistics for TESOL Professionals from the University of Colorado Boulder, a TESOL Certificate from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Liberal Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. His areas of interest include second language reading and writing, classroom pedagogy, materials development, and instructional technology. Mike is also a frequent presenter at Colorado TESOL.
Michelle holds a Master’s degree in TESL from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder. She previously taught ESL to Japanese exchange students at Arete Preparatory Academy in Santa Monica, CA. Michelle has presented at various conferences on topics such as integrating technology in the classroom, creating personal praxis, and fossilization in second language acquisition. She has served on the Colorado TESOL board for 3 years as the Adult Education SIG co-chair and Secondary Education SIG co-chair. Michelle became a published writer at the age of seventeen, writing articles for Seventeen Magazine. She is a classically trained pianist and is interested in music, curriculum development and writing.
Mike received his M.A. in TESOL from Alliant International University in San Diego, with membership in Pi Lambda Theta, and a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He started his teaching career at the English Language Institute at UCSD, where he also trained future ESL teachers enrolled in the TEFL Professional Certificate Program. In 2012, he started teaching for the International English Center. In addition to teaching ESL, Mike has worked in video production, using his creative writing skills and fluent Spanish to write text for documentaries while filming in South America. Mike regularly presents at regional workshops and conferences on the use of video, drama, and music in teaching ESL.
Nick is instructor and technology coordinator at the International English Center. Nick received a Masters of English Education with a TESOL endorsement from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Indiana University. His areas of interest include instructional technology, distance learning, technical writing for the sciences, website design & management, and content-based language curriculum design. Nick has been published in peer-reviewed publications as well as online magazines and journals for his work with technology in education. He has also participated in panels, led workshops, and presented research at numerous regional and international conferences for his work in game design and instructional technology integration for second language learning.
Olivia Livneh is an instructor and assessment coordinator at the International English Center. She previously taught Academic English at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou China and at the International English Language Program at the University of Washington. She has also taught a short course in Japan, and English as a foreign language in Mexico. She holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Seattle University. Olivia has presented on topics such as language assessment and materials development at both TESOL and Colorado TESOL conferences. She serves on the Colorado TESOL Board and is a member of TESOL. Olivia’s professional interests include assessment, curriculum design and materials development.
Parmelee Welsh is a lecturer and primary advisor at the International English Center. She has previously taught at other Intensive English Programs in Colorado and in the United Kingdom; moreover, she has prior university level teaching experience from the University of Akron, Ohio, and Educational Counselor and Test Examiner experience from Central Texas College. Parmelee holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, TESOL, in addition to a Cambridge ESOL, CELTA and a Bachelor of Arts in English, American Literature. Her areas of interest are advising, academic preparation, assessment, classroom management, experiential learning and test preparation. Parmelee has presented at faculty in-service trainings and Colorado TESOL conventions.
Sarah is originally from the Washington, D.C. area, where she grew up around people from other countries. In college, she majored in English literature while studying Spanish and French. She had a semester abroad in Spain, then fell in love with teaching English while volunteering in the Dominican Republic. Sarah received her M.A. in Linguistics for TESOL from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2012, then taught for three years in Xi'an, China. She has travelled throughout Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and yoga.
Steven holds a B.A. and an M.A., both in Sociology, from Roosevelt University. Steven taught sociology for several years prior to receiving a Fellowship from UCLA to study social theory at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. He taught TOEFL as well as GRE and GMAT verbal and writing sections for over 17 years in the Los Angeles area. Steven has for many years instructed international graduate students and professionals in academic writing; in addition, he worked as manuscript editor for international researchers at UCAR/NCAR. An active member of CoTESOL, Steven is committed to facilitating international students’ acquisition of strong written communication skills. His areas of interest include writing as social construction of meaning, authorial identity, and textualization (encoding meaning within text).
Summer Webb is a lecturer and the textbook coordinator at the IEC. She graduated from Trinity Western University (TWU) near Vancouver, BC with a bachelor's in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and a master's from the University of Colorado Boulder in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. Summer spent two and a half years teaching English and serving as the academic director at TWU's intensive English program in China. She subsequently returned to Colorado for her graduate work. Her research focused on the struggles of undergraduate international students. Summer's areas of interest include international student adjustment, curriculum and program development, textbook selection and review, task-based instruction, and supporting students with disabilities.
Sylvie’s ESL career at CU Boulder spans over 30 years with various programs and departments, including 18 years at the IEC. At the IEC, she specializes in experiential learning, special programs, university preparatory classes, community-based interactive learning, and advising. As a primary advisor, Sylvie supports students’ academic progress and plans, as well as their integration into the community of Boulder. Her international experience includes living in the Philippines and working in Germany. She received an M.A. in religious studies from CU Boulder and holds a TESL certification. She is also a certified health and nutrition coach and enjoys incorporating nutrition and fitness education into supporting students’ success while studying abroad.
Tom is a lecturer and primary advisor at the International English Center. Tom earned his MA TESOL degree from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, and his Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Tom began his teaching career in 1995 in Tokyo, Japan, and has since taught at intensive English programs in the Denver-Boulder area. His areas of interest include peer mentoring, feedback, vocabulary building strategies, and both task-based and project-based learning to facilitate authentic communication in the classroom. Tom is actively involved in CoTESOL and currently serves as 2nd Vice President on the executive board of the organization. He has presented at CoTESOL and continues to build on his graduate research which applied principles of systems theory to the context of language learning.
David LandersAdministrative Assistant
David serves as the primary point of contact for students and visitors to the IEC. He can answer many questions relating to the application process, program descriptions, and services offered at the IEC. His duties include processing applications, creating certified letters, and facilitating course registration. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, exploring the local area, and playing video games.
George ZamarripaMarketing, Recruitment, and Communications Coordinator
George was born and raised in Colorado, and lived in New York and Honolulu prior to moving back to Denver in 2008. He received a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College. His professional background is in marketing and advertising, as well as English as a Second Language administration. At the IEC, George is responsible for developing and executing the strategic marketing and recruitment plan for the center. This includes tracking student enrollment and retention, managing internal and external communications such as the IEC website and social media presence, managing international agent relationships, as well as participating in international student recruiting events. In addition, George coordinates and hosts the student showcase each session. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, attending concerts and plays, and experiencing all the exciting entertainment and nightlife that Denver has to offer.
Heather TitlandCoordinator of Operations
Every day I get the chance to interact with students from all over the world! Hi, my name is Heather and part of my position at the IEC is assisting in the application process and doing the data entry that is needed. That is the technical part of my job, but the part I love about what I do is the ability to talk with students, get to know them, and help them get used to life in America. I lived in South Korea for a year and taught English there, so I have some understanding about how confusing it can be when going to a new country where you don’t speak the language well. Come to the IEC for an exceptional education and cultural experiences!
My life outside the IEC is also busy! I have a daughter and son that keep me busy in their active lives. Colorado is a great place for action, and relaxation!
Holly Woodsome SroymalaiAcademic Programs Manager
Holly always loved languages, so she started studying German when she was a child. Later, Holly was fortunate enough to study abroad in Germany and take German language classes prior to enrolling in regular University courses. She had an amazing teacher, who helped her see how exciting and rewarding teaching languages could be. When she came back from Germany, Holly decided to pursue a career in teaching English as a Second Language. She completed an M.A. in Linguistics and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She has been teaching ESL since 1998, and she has lived and taught in both Germany and Thailand. She absolutely loves teaching international students and learning about different cultures and languages. Holly enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family, including her Thai husband and her Ukrainian daughter.
Rene YanoskyProgram Accounting Manager
When Rene was a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, she began working for Continuing Education Accounting. After receiving her degree in English, she remained a University employee. Rene's role at the IEC includes all things accounting—from paying bills to collecting tuition. She also assist students with insurance questions, and works with student sponsors so that our student body can focus on the important task of studying English.
Ruth MooreAssistant Director for Faculty Services and Curriculum
Ruth has over eighteen years of ESL experience in high school, adult, and higher education. As the Assistant Director for Faculty Services and Curriculum, she has developed and implemented programs to supervise and support IEC faculty members. Ruth has been involved in teacher training, developing and presenting workshops at faculty in-services and conferences. Ruth has also taught graduate courses for CU-Boulder’s Linguistics Department, and have served as a faculty mentor to MA TESOL students completing their practicum assignments. At the IEC, she played a key role in curriculum development and program assessment and has taught in both the Intensive and Non-intensive Academic & Professional English programs. Ruth holds an MA in Instructional Systems Development with a TESL concentration from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Shing Kit (Jackie) WongCoordinator of Student Services
As the Coordinator of Student Services, Jackie is responsible for providing a variety of support services to IEC students, specifically immigration advising, admissions, enrollment, records/file creation and maintenance. He is a Designated School Official (DSO), responsible for issuing immigration documents for F-1 and J-1 visa holders and their dependents. Jackie works closely with the Office of Admissions to coordinate the matriculation process for ESL Academic Bridge Program students. In addition, he is responsible for compiling data on prospective, current, and former students. Prior to joining the IEC, Jackie worked as a Program Associate for International Student and Scholar Support at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, International Studies, and Japanese, and a master's degree in International Affairs from Pennsylvania State University. Jackie is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and proficient in Japanese. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and attending sporting events.
Susan FoutsAssistant Director for Student Services and Program Development
Susan has been an ESL professional since 1995. She was first attracted to the profession by a love for travel and interaction with people from different cultures. Teaching English abroad in Mexico and Chile gave her important insights into what it's like to live in another country and how to make yourself understood in a foreign language. Outside of the IEC, Susan enjoys spending time with her Swedish husband and my two children, volunteering at their school, and practicing Kundalini yoga.