Administration / Faculty

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    Nicholas Allanach
    Academic Director / PDSO / Faculty

    Nicholas Allanach is the Academic Director of Global ESL Academy. Nicholas holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern Maine. He also holds a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies, and a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from The New School. He has over ten years’ experience teaching English and over fifteen years’ of administrative experience working in New York City. Nicholas enjoys assisting and advising international students with their English language learning and academic goals.

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    Karolina Hodowaniec
    Academic Coordinator / Faculty

    Karolina has been an EFL teacher and Cambridge oral examiner for over eight years. She completed degrees in Cultural Studies and English Language and Literature in Poland and then moved to England, where she did her CELTA and taught English at various private schools and colleges for six years. Last year she lived in Saudi Arabia, where she taught EFL in a female college. In September 2015, she relocated to NYC and started working towards completing her DELTA. In her free time, she likes learning Spanish and traveling.

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    Kyung Kenny Lee
    Director of Operations / DSO

    Kenny Lee came to the United States from Korea over 29 years ago and has more than 24 years of experience working in ESL schools. He began working at the IELI at Hunter College while he was enrolled in ESL classes there and after he discovered his love of computers and technology-related work, he later majored in Network Administration at college. Kenny really enjoys helping international students because when he first came to the USA, a lot of people helped him to adjust to this new country and its culture.

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    Danielle Oyler

    Danielle has worked in the ESL field for 6 years. She has her Master’s degree in TESOL from Hunter College. She worked with college-bound students in improving their writing and reading skills at the BMCC CLIP program, and she also assisted in designing and implementing Binghamton University’s ESL tutoring program along with the English Language Institute. She had the opportunity to work with Japanese educators and administrators in Tokyo, Japan in a cultural and educational exchange program through Hunter College. In her free time, Danielle likes to be outside, write, and plan her next adventure.

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    Drew Golding

    Drew has been teaching ESL for over five years. After graduating from Lehigh University in 2011, he did his CELTA in Boston and then moved to Russia, where he taught at the British College of Banking and Finance in Moscow. He moved back to the United States in December 2016 to be closer to family and now lives in NYC. In addition to his native English, Drew is fluent in Russian and has also studied Arabic and French. When he isn’t teaching, he loves learning languages and reading about foreign cultures, and he also enjoys playing sports like baseball and basketball.

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    Jasmine Byrd

    Jasmine has a Master's Degree in TESOL from Hunter College, CUNY, and has been teaching and mentoring students for the past 5 years. Specifically, she has helped students ranging in age from 4 to 65 years old within various contexts such as early education phonics and fluency, at-risk youth mentoring, and assisting recent immigrants in acquiring social and academic English. As an NYC Teaching Fellow, Jasmine teaches full time for the NYC Department of Education. In her work, she emphasizes the importance of student-centered learning that is meaningful and engaging. Jasmine is fluent in Spanish and studied abroad in the Dominican Republic which was the initial inspiration for her continued travels, most recently to Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Turkey, and Italy. In addition to teaching, Jasmine enjoys painting, writing poetry, and exploring New York.

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    Margarita Shalina

    Margarita grew up in New York City. She attended Eugene Lang College where she completed her BA in Comparative Literature and then went on to study TESOL at the New School. She has taught at the University of Lower Silesia in Poland as well as both private language schools and community language programs in New York. She is a published writer and an accomplished translator of both contemporary and classical Russian literature. Her translations of Anton Chekhov have appeared in print and on stage.

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