Jessica Coyle received a BA in International Studies from The University of Dayton and a MA in TESOL from The New School University. After teaching English for several years in France and Korea, her heart found its home right here in NYC. She has taught classes in listening/speaking, pronunciation, writing, American culture, play-writing, and even an English through Fitness summer camp (just let her know if you want to do jumping jacks at any point). When not engaged in ESL-related endeavors, she can be found performing musical improvisation at The Magnet Theater, writing weekly events blogs, managing social media accounts for various institutions, and traveling this amazing world of ours.
DJ Dolack is the Director of Tools for Clear Speech. He 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, as well as 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 is a TfCS Curriculum Specialist. She 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 at the NYU School of Professional Studies American Language Institute, and in the Hunter College Master’s in TESOL program.
Nicole Gunn 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.
Alexandria Hadden holds an MA in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. She has taught and trained English teachers in both the United States and abroad in such diverse countries as Guatemala, Rwanda, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Her specialty is English pronunciation. Currently, she tutors international students in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Alex is looking forward to meeting and working with you!
Michelle Kaplan 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!
Julie Lee holds a BA in Psychology from UCLA and a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently teaches English as a Second Language courses at NYU and has previously taught at Columbia University, Pace University, Queens College, and LaGuardia Community College. Her interests include principles of second language acquisition, student-centered learning, developmental psychology, and cross-cultural perspectives.
Joyce Mandell has been passionately teaching speech and pronunciation skills to non-native speakers for nearly 20 years. She is a faculty member in the Communication Studies Department of Baruch College, where she teaches public speaking, conducts workshops in pronunciation for graduate and undergraduate students, and coaches individual students in the TfCS Speech Lab. Professor Mandell is also a faculty member at Pace University’s English for Professionals program and NYU’s American Language Institute, where she specializes in training business professionals in clear speech and presentation skills. She regularly gives workshops to the volunteer tutors at the English Speaking Union in NYC, and has recently conducted a train-the-trainer program in pronunciation for visiting Fulbright teachers from Brazil and Argentina at St. John’s University.
Carolyn Saylor-Lööf 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 is a TfCS Curriculum Specialist. He 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. In addition to having taught specialized pronunciation courses at Teachers College, Tristan is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s American Language Program. His areas of interest include phonology, second language identity, and technology in the classroom.
Andrea Tienan is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Baruch College and Pace University, where she teaches Speech Communication to both native and non-native speakers. 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.