Jessica Coyle, Speech Consultant. Jessica received a BA in International Studies from The University of Dayton and a MA in TESOL from The New School University. After teaching English in France and Korea for several years, she has spend the past six years at universities here in the greatest city in the world. She is a passionate language-learner, fitness enthusiast, guinea pig mom, and improviser. She would love to travel to every country in the world, and her favorite phoneme is /s/. She updates the @tfcsbaruch Instagram account – send it a message and say hi!
DJ Dolack, Director. DJ earned a BFA in Writing from Emerson College, and an MFA from Vermont College, Union Institute and University. He came to Baruch in 2006 as a consultant in the College’s Writing Center, and has continued to help improve the communication skills of Baruch students as an adjunct lecturer in the English Department, the Writing and Communications Tutorial Coordinator at the Student Academic Consulting Center, and in his current position at TfCS. He enjoys working with talented students and staff to build an innovative student service like none other!
Kim Edmunds, Curriculum Specialist. Kim holds an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Linguistics and Creative Writing from Emory University. She has been working with ESL learners in various capacities for over 8 years, specializing in teaching speaking and pronunciation skills. At Baruch, she enjoys pursuing her interests in phonetics and phonology, working with English learners in higher education settings, and sharing her passion for finding a voice in a new language. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Hunter College MA TESOL program, The New School’s Certificate in Teaching English, and the NYU English Language Institute.
Nicole Gunn, Speech Consultant. Nicole received a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University and a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught English as a Second Language courses in conversation, listening, reading, vocabulary and business writing at Pace University for several years and previously taught integrated-skills courses at Columbia University. Prior to becoming a teacher, Nicole worked as a senior human resources professional for more than a decade, and she enjoys incorporating her business experience into her teaching when working with students to help them succeed.
Michelle Kaplan, Speech Consultant. Michelle holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland and an MA in TESOL from The New School. She has taught in programs in the New York area including The New School, Columbia University, and St. John’s University. She is also the co-host of an ESL podcast called All Ears English. Michelle has a background in media, theatre, music, and comedy, and often incorporates these passions into her classes!
Christina Kwon, Speech Consultant. Christina received a BA in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College and an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught ESL learners at Baruch College, Teachers College, the University of Maine, Seton Hall University, The New School, and at Kean University’s campus in Wenzhou, China. She enjoys learning about her students and finding the most beneficial tools for each of them in order to instill confidence in their English language abilities.
Carolyn Saylor-Lööf, Speech Consultant. Carolyn has been working in the ESL profession since 1991, primarily as a university lecturer, but also as a teacher-trainer and program coordinator. She has taught in Japan, the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, and Holland. After many years abroad she has recently returned to her hometown of New York and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the American Language Program at Columbia University. She holds a BA in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and an MA in TESL from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, along with a TESL Certificate from Seattle University. Her areas of interest are current pronunciation changes in English, culture-based conversation strategies, and intercultural communication.
Tristan Thorne, Associate Director. Tristan holds a BA in Language Studies from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has more than ten years of English teaching experience in Spain, Japan, and the United States. At TfCS, Tristan spearheads specialized cohort programming, assessment analysis and norming, and staff professional development. His interests include second language identity, pronunciation teaching practices, and assessment of second language speaking skills.
Andrea Tienan, Adjunct Instructor. Andrea teaches Speech Communication to both native and non-native speakers at Baruch College and Pace University. While specializing in Accent Reduction and all aspects of Speech Communication, for over 20 years she has taught Public Speaking, Voice and Diction, and English as a Second Language at New York University, and other colleges within the CUNY system. She has an M.A. in TESOL and an MFA in Theatre History and Criticism.
Fred Tsutagawa, Assessment Analyst. Fred is a current doctoral student of second language testing and assessment at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked on various research projects for the Educational Testing Service as a Doctoral Research Fellow for three years from 2013-2016 and has over 12 years of English teaching experience in Japan and the United States. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer at CUNY’s Hunter College School of Education for three years, and as an instructor and mentor for the TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University for two years. His interests include the instruction and assessment of pragmatic knowledge and ability, test development and validation, and humor.