Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Brasilia, Brazil, 2005
M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of Brasilia, Brazil, 2001
B.A., Psychology, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, 1989
Dr. Julie Ciancio is the Dean for the College of Education at Westcliff University in Irvine, California, where she oversees the TESOL Master’s program and TESOL Certificate program, among others. Previously, she was the TESOL program administrator at California State University, San Bernardino, where she managed the TESOL master’s program, several TESOL certificate programs, and Intensive TESOL Teacher Training programs. She is adjunct faculty for the CSUSB College of Education, where she has taught and developed many courses. She has published numerous articles, conducted professional development workshops, and teacher training workshops on TESOL around the world.
She is an English Language Specialist for the US State Department, Bureau of Educational Affairs. She was a Senior English Language Fellow also for the US State Department, Bureau of Educational Affairs in Gujarat, India for two years, stationed at Ahmedabad Management Association, where she taught in the MBA program and led many workshops and lectures. During her time in India, she conducted teacher training workshops and led seminars in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Delhi. She was an EFL teacher, teacher trainer, university professor, and director of the language department at IESB University in Brasilia, Brazil while she lived in Brazil for 13 years.
She has a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil, where she conducted research on the influence of acculturation on second language acquisition. She also holds an MBA in International Business from California State University.
M.A. TESOL, Azusa Pacific University, 2015
B.A. French Literature/Linguistics, Ohio University, 2005
TEFL Certification, Ohio University, 2005
Jennifer Hirashiki started teaching EFL in France for the Ministry of Education assistant English teacher program in 2005. She then moved to Japan in 2006 to teach at an English language school for all ages. Upon her return to the US in 2011, she started at EF Language Centers in Redondo Beach. During her time at EF, she was a senior teacher and eventually became Academic Director. As Academic Director, she hired, trained, and managed teachers, developed curriculum, and ran the academic department of the school. Her interests include curriculum development, technology in the classroom, and action research.
Ed.D in Educational Leadership, University of Southern California, 2013
M.B.A, Keller Graduate School of Management, 2009
B.S. Behavioral Science, University of La Verne, 2006
A.A. Liberal Arts and Science, Chaffey College, 2004
Dr. Flores earned her Doctor of Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California in 2013, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration in 2009, a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science in 2006, and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Science in 2004. She is a leader and educator in the field of higher education, has held numerous management positions in the private and public sector, and previously served as the owner of a small business for over six years. She currently serves as an active evaluator and member for several higher education accrediting bodies, and travels across the United States, conducting seminars on at-risk student populations in higher education.
Currently, Dr. Flores is working on authoring and co-authoring books based on her research and experience in higher education. Dr. Flores’ teaching philosophy is to effectively teach her students, instill in them a love of learning, and strive to help them become life-long learners. She provides an exciting learning environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.
M.A., Education TESOL option, California State University San Bernardino, 2016
B.A., History, University of California Riverside, 2004
Sean Dailey holds a B.A. in History from the University of California Riverside and an M.A. in Education from the TESOL program at California State University San Bernardino. He has garnered a total of 11 years of experience teaching, including English at the middle school level in California and EFL at the elementary and middle school levels in South Korea. Sean currently resides in Seoul where he studies Korean as a second language and is an active member in the Korea TESOL organization (KOTESOL). He has experience training new EFL teachers, and his research interests include Computer Assisted Language Learning, particularly blended learning in the EFL tertiary context.
Ed.D., Educational Psychology, California Coast University, (dissertation review stage)
M.A., TESOL, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2008
TESL Certification, Sonoma State University, 2002
B.A., Global (International) Studies, French Language and Culture, Sonoma State University, 1999
Sheila Corwin has been involved with ESL/EFL for over 20 years. She has taught English language learners and trained new and already practicing language teachers from all over the world. Originally from California, she now lives in Italy where she works as an online instructor for the TESOL International Association and a TEFL certificate course based in London, England. In addition, she serves as an English teacher trainer for a teacher training organization in Mexico. In Florence, she developed and leads Weekend TEFL and other courses for teachers.
In previous years, Sheila served as an English language instructor at a university in Oaxaca, Mexico; and in a private language school in her home state, California, USA. She has recently submitted her dissertation, which is currently under review. The title of her dissertation is: Toward the Development of a Model Program to Promote an Engaged, Student-Centered Classroom for English Language Teachers in Italy. Her interests in TESOL include the correlation between culture and language and the use of authentic materials in second and foreign language classrooms.
M.A., TESOL, Azusa Pacific University, Dec 2017
B.A., English Education: Language & Linguistics, California State University, Long Beach, May 2011
B.A., Journalism: Public Relations & Marketing, California State University, Long Beach, May 2011
Sabina Perezcarro began her teaching career in 2011 at EF International Language Centers in Redondo Beach, California. She transitioned into management and became the Academic Director, where she oversaw the academic department. This included hiring/training/managing a team of teachers, creating schedules, as well as doing program and curriculum design.
During the end of her employment at EF, she acted as both the Academic and School Director, overseeing school management and student welfare. Her core teaching belief is to teach with love and enthusiasm in a positive and inclusive environment, where students feel motivated to share and grow together.
M.B.A., Marketing, Argosy University
Prof. West is a native of Philadelphia, “The City of Brotherly Love.” She relocated to Southern California in 2008 after being recruited by the Art Institutes of California to chair two bachelor degree programs, one in Fashion Design and the other in Fashion Retail Management. In four years she grew the two start-up programs to be 3rd in the system up from its original 46th starting position.
Prior to her relocation to the west coast, Prof. West enjoyed many years creating apparel collections in the fashion industry as a fashion designer. She also found fulfillment as an entrepreneur and an educator. Upon earning her BFA in Fashion Design, Prof. West was recruited by a prestigious design company that she went on to grow from $50M to over $160M in under six years. Prof. West traveled to many developing nations with product development teams to further design and source production globally. While still on the east coast Prof. West taught courses as an adjunct for SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) as well as Drexel University.
It was Prof. West’s love for operations, leadership, and management that she pursued her MBA in Marketing from Argosy University graduating with honors.. Now she brings her skills, successes and expertise as an industry leader back to the classroom.
M.A. TESOL, California State University San Bernardino, 1995
M.B.A., Marketing, University of Phoenix, 2016
M.J. Outcault Hill received her Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in TESOL from California State University San Bernardino and a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing from University of Phoenix. She holds a California Multiple Subject Credential and a CLAD Credential. She has taught K-6 education, ESL with the American Language Institute, California State University Long Beach, university credential classes as well as supervised student teachers for several universities. She is working on a law degree with Concord University.
M.A. Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, California State University, San Bernardino, 2013
Advanced Certificate in TESOL, California State University, San Bernardino, 2012
B.A. Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, 2003
Kyle Van Horn comes to Westcliff University with a BA in English, a Master’s degree in TESOL, and over 10 years of experience teaching and training in the United States and Asia. He has experience training teachers both formally and informally, and he has worked with students at every level from preshool to university and beyond. He has been active locally, nationally, and internationally for several years in the TESOL Organization.
He currently resides in Yongin, South Korea where he is a faculty member of the English Department at Yongin Songdam College.
M.A., Education: Literacy and Learning, Walden University, 2006
B.A., English Language and Teaching, Marmara University, 1991
CLAD Certificate for Teaching for Diverse Environments, University of San Diego, 2006
Professor Inceoglu has been teaching English, ESL, ELD classes for over two decades. She started teaching English/ESL classes in Istanbul, Turkey before moving to Los Angeles in 1996. She worked at a private K-8 school in Los Angeles as an elementary school teacher. In 2001 Inceoglu moved to teaching at public school system. She worked from 2001 till 2007 at Compton Unified School District, where she taught ELD, English, Drama and AVID (Advancement via Individual Development) classes and coordinated ELD and AVID programs schoolwide.
After leaving the CUSD, Professor Inceoglu taught at an international language school teaching ESL classes. In 2012, she moved to teaching at National University. She taught academic English classes to students from around the world; moreover, also coordinated the English Language Program and trained teachers at National University. Inceoglu also taught academic writing classes at Humanities Department at UC Irvine, and has also recently taught ESL classes at UCI Division of Continuing Education.
M.A. TESOL, Westcliff University, 2014
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Riverside, 2005
Professor Arbuthnott has been teaching since 2006 and found his passion for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in 2009. He also has international experience teaching English in South Korea. Upon returning to the U.S., he started teaching ESL classes at Hancock International College, Irvine CA. Moreover, Professor Arbuthnott holds an M.A. TESOL from Westcliff University and has been teaching for the university since he graduated. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside in 2005.
M.A. TESOL, CSUSB, San Bernardino, CA, 2016
B.A. Psychology, UCSD, San Diego, CA, 2007
Professor Banks started teaching English during her travels in Asia. She developed a deep interest in language learning and found the importance of learning English fascinating. She became involved in a summer English language immersion program in South Korea in 2008, and then moved to a rural part of Taiwan to teach English to students of all ages.
She then moved back to California and started teaching at Kaplan International in Santa Barbara in 2013 where she has taught a variety of levels and special courses. She is involved in creating and organizing programs and events for students as well as training staff. Her fondness for traveling to many countries and the constant exposure to diverse and dynamic backgrounds at Kaplan significantly impacts her teaching.
M.A. Applied Linguistics with a Certificate in TESOL, Biola University, 2014
B.A. Linguistics, University of California of Los Angeles, 2010
Shalom Bay obtained her B.A. in Linguistics and French at UCLA and earned her M.A. in Applied Linguistics with a Certificate in TESOL from Biola University. She started teaching ESL at California University of Management and Sciences in Anaheim, CA. She has taught in several Intensive English Programs for Japanese university students at University of California, Irvine, as well as Brazilian students at California State University, Fullerton. In addition, she has taught English Composition courses at Bethesda University and Biola University.
Her adult education experience comes from teaching at Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education. She spent her summer abroad teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. She is currently a member of CATESOL and TESOL and enjoys attending conferences and learning/teaching about language and culture.
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, University of Southern California, 2016
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Westcliff University, 2013
M.A. in International Studies, Concordia University, 2008
B.A. in International Studies, emphasis in Economics, University of California, San Diego, 2006
April Vuong received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration in 2016. Dr. Vuong also received her Master of Arts in TESOL from Westcliff University in 2013 and her Masters of Arts in International Studies from Concordia University in 2008.
She lived in Shanghai, China for 2 years teaching English as a foreign language and continues to travel abroad for leisure and business. Through her overseas experience, she found her passion working with international students to help them embark on a unique journey of cultural exchange.
As the Director TESOL Programs and International Affairs for Westcliff University, she works directly with faculty and students both domestically and internationally. She is currently developing study abroad programs for domestic and international students for Westcliff University.
Ed.D., Educational Leadership at University of Southern California
Administrative Credential- USC
M.A., Public Policy Administration- CSULB
General and Special Educational Credentials- CSULB
B.A., Liberal Arts – CSULB
Dr. Deanna Brady received her Ed.D in 2001 from the University of Southern California, her M.P.A in 1991 from Cal State Long Beach, and her BA in Liberal Studies in 1983. She holds three California credentials and is CLAD certified. She has served in a variety of education positions including K-6 teacher, Learning Specialist, Site Principal, Consultant, and Professor of Education at the University level. Much of Dr. Brady’s research and practice has been centered on best practice strategies and in promoting excellence in education for all students. Her areas of specialty, including workshops are focused on Reading and Language Arts, Classroom Management, Special Education, Practicum, and Communications.
M.A. English Composition: Applied Linguistics\TESL, CSU San Bernardino, 2009
M.A.Theology (in progress), Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH
B.A. Psychology\Minor in Russian language, CSU Fresno, 1993
Prof. Steve comes to Westcliff University with over 20 years of experience as an educator, having served in a wide variety of teaching situations from individual/small group tutoring responsibilities to full-size classes—in both professional and volunteer capacities (including courses in which English was not the primary language of instruction), with student ages ranging from infant to retired adult. Steve has lived and worked in Russia and Japan, and has extensive travel experience in Europe, Latin America, Asia & Australia.
Having studied and used at least 3 languages other than his native English, Steve understands firsthand what L2 students—and their instructors—face as they work toward both linguistic fluency and cultural competence. He holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESL from CSUSB, is currently studying in a 2nd master’s program (theology), and hopes to continue toward a terminal degree in the field of education/linguistics in the near future. Steve currently resides in Riverside, approx. 35 miles from the main Westcliff campus, with his wife and 3 young daughters.
M.A., Education, California State University San Bernardino, 2016
B.A., Liberal Studies, California State University San Bernardino, 2013
A.S., Education Paraprofessional, Chaffey Community College
Born in Ghana, West Africa, Mina Donkor has always had a passion for teaching and inspiring others on the importance of empowering themselves through education. She attended Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, where she received her A.S as an Education Paraprofessional. In 2008, she was on the Dean’s Honor list at Chaffey College. She then transferred to California State University, San Bernardino where she completed her B.A in Liberal Studies with a focus on Humanities and a minor in Education in 2014.
Her love for travel, diversity, and higher education led her to pursue her M.A in Education in the field of TESOL in 2016. Her experience in Education ranges from tutoring at different levels, teaching at a kindergarten in Germany, and instructing foreign students in the English Language Program at California State University, San Bernardino. She is also currently a member of the CATESOL organization.
Her aspirations are to help students attain their diverse educational goals as well as to obtain a Doctorate and publish works concerning the different areas and research associated in the field Education.
M.A., Education, Ashford University, 2013
M.A., TESOL, California State University, Los Angeles, 2003
B.A., Liberal Studies, California State University, Los Angeles, 1999
Deborah Ebersold has taught ESL for Pacoima Skills Center, American International University, and Rinaldi Adult School. She is also an experienced tutor, having worked with students of all ages and backgrounds at the Learning is Fun Center and Academic Advantage and at Woori Tutor.Professor Ebersold recently graduated from Ashford University with her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in special education.
M. A., Education – TESOL, California State University, San Bernardino, 2012
B.M., Music Composition, California State University, Northridge, 2001
Jacob Ludwig started teaching EFL in Taiwan in 2002. In Taiwan, Mr. Ludwig taught preschool, elementary and middle school students, developed EFL curriculum, trained teachers in EFL instruction and wrote children songs to be used in the EFL classroom. In 2012, Mr. Ludwig received a MA in Education with an emphasis in TESOL from CSU San Bernardino. He has taught in extension programs at UC Riverside and CSU San Bernardino. He is currently faculty in the ESL department at Fullerton College and in the Academic English department at UC Irvine. His research interests include student identity, and critical discourse analysis.
M.A. Education – TESOL, California State University at San Bernardino, 2009
B.S. Business Management, University of Phoenix, 1999
Professor Myers earned a Masters in Education, concentrating on TESOL at CSUSB.
She taught English to foreign students at the College of Extended Learning, CSUSB for five years. Subsequently, she has taught at ELS at University of LaVerne, and is currently teaching at CalBaptist University in Riverside.
Ph.D., Educational Administration, Education Leadership and Policy Studies, University of California Riverside, 2011
MATESOL, California State University San Bernardino, 2002
B.A., French, University of California Berkeley, 1994
Dr. Selin Yildiz Nielsen, has worked in international education for the last 25 years as a director, professor, coordinator, manager, instructor and consultant. She has worked in the field of TESOL both overseas and nationwide. She has taught classes in Washington DC, Des Moines Iowa, Gaziantep, Turkey and Riverside, California in both undergraduate and graduate level.
Throughout her career, she has published articles and book chapters related to international education. Selin received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of California at Riverside. Her dissertation emphasized globalization of education in graduate school. She has a master’s degree in Education (TESOL) from California State University, San Bernardino, and also holds a TESOL Certificate from UCR Extension. She has a Bachelor’s degree in French from University of California, Berkeley. She is the co-founder of Glocally Connected, a non-profit organization that promotes community building in order to help the refugee population.
Master’s Degree in Education (TESOL option), California State University, San Bernardino, 2011
TESOL Certificate, Trinity College London, 1995
Julien Sanghyo Park is one of the top online English instructors in Korea with many successful online lectures including Grammar in Use series at ybmsisa.com and has over 20 years of a broad spectrum of experience in English education for both young learners and adults.
Her career includes curriculum & content development for different courses; authoring books including ‘Easy Speaking and Writing Guide for Basic Grammar by Cambridge University Press; and stint teacher training at different sites, one of which was Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education. She previously taught at Hansei University in Korea and most recently has been working with G-TELP Korea, an approved agency by International Testing Services Center (ITSC). She earned Trinity College London TESOL Certificate in 1996 and holds a Master’s degree in education with an emphasis in TESOL from California State University San Bernardino.
Ph.D., Second Language Studies, Michigan State University (2011)
M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Northern Arizona University (2004, “With Distinction”)
B.A., Spanish, Northern Arizona University (2002, magna cum laude)
Luke Plonsky (PhD, Michigan State University) specializes three areas of applied linguistics and TESOL: second language acquisition, research methods, and language pedagogy. Recent and forthcoming publications in these and other areas appear in virtually all major journals, including Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Modern Language Journal, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition and in edited volumes published by Routledge, Cambridge University Press, Wiley Blackwell, and de Gruyter.
In addition, Luke has written and edited several textbooks. He has taught teachers as well as learners of English and Spanish in the US, Puerto Rico, Spain, and The Netherlands. Luke is Associated Editor of Studies in Second Language Acquisition and Managing Editor of Foreign Language Annals.
Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction, ELL Focus
Capella University, 2011
M.A. Education, Grand Canyon University, 2001
B.A. Education, Speech, Drama, Whitworth University, 1972
Judy Williams comes to Westcliff University with 35+ years in the educational field. She has taught grades Kindergarten – 12, and is currently an adjunct professor for Azusa Pacific University teaching in the undergrad and graduate educational programs. She holds a California Life Teaching Credential, has certification in CLAD, Bridges to Understanding the English Language Learner, GLAD, English Language Development Institute, and written research on the Dual Immersion Classroom for English/Spanish Students. Dr. Williams also does professional development and seminars for California Science Teachers Association, National Science Teachers Association, California Math Council, Discovery Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers offering sessions in ELL, reading, math and science with a focus on integrating technology.
M.A., Applied Linguistics, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2013
B.A., International Development Studies, UCLA, 2010
Sarah Seong received her master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. During her time in NY, she was actively involved in NYS TESOL organization where she worked as the membership and operations manager and publicity chair for the 34th Annual Applied Linguistics Winter Conference. Upon receiving her degree, she taught multiple level ESL to young immigrant students, adults, and senior citizens in the Bronx. In order to gain a wider scope of teaching experience, she spent one academic year in South Korea where she taught academic and conversation English at Baekseok University.
M.A., English, California State University, Dominguez-Hills, 2000
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Dominguez-Hills, 1996
Professor Davis received her Master of Arts in English with an emphasis on TESOL and her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from California State University, Dominguez-Hills, Carson. She is credentialed to teach adult education in English, ESL and Communications.
Professor Davis has taught TESOL abroad and in the U.S. She is a technical writer and continues to develop instructional material for the distance learning community.
Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, California State University, Northridge, 2012
M.A., Sociology, California State University, Northridge, 1998
B.A., Social Sciences, Tehran University, 1993
Professor Mitra Hoshiar holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University Northridge. The focus of her doctoral program line of inquiry was on distance education. She also holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from California State University Northridge and a Bachelor’s degree is in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Tehran University.
For the past fifteen years, Dr. Hoshiar has been teaching a wide variety of courses in different platforms such as onsite, online, hybrid, and web-enhanced. Throughout her career, she has worked with special cohort programs such as the Honors Program and the Program for Accelerated College Education (PACE), non-credit, and outreach.
Dr. Hoshiar’s passion centers on learning and valuing education, student access and success, excellence, integrity, accountability, respecting diversity, and valuing community and collaborative relationships.