Intensive English Program



Rebecca Andrade

After lofty dreams of being a Peace Corps doctor gave way to a love of reading and writing, Rebecca Andrade earned both a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a master's degree in Library Science from UCLA. Her M.A. in Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) is from CSUN. She has also taught information and media literacy at the high-school level and currently teaches Library Research workshops at community colleges. Since 2011, she has taught ESL at adult schools and community colleges as well as in CSUN's Intensive English program (IEP). Rebecca's hobbies include cross-country skiing and long-distance running. She likens the learning of academic English to an endurance sport: "It's difficult, even scary; but the more you practice and the more you train, the stronger your skills become."

Kimmerly Brady

Kimmerly, who works both for the IEP and CSUN's English department, joined the IEP over five years ago to teach a bridge program where students attend the IEP and her university classes. She has been very successful in helping students build their academic English skills while introducing them and exposing them to the challenges of university work.

Chere Berman

Chere joined the IEP program in 2010. She has extensive teaching experience, having taught English classes at the university level for ten years, as well as every grade level K-12. While earning her M.A. in Education-Reading, serving as a reading specialist and mentoring teachers as an instructional coach in both central and southern California, she has concentrated upon accelerating the reading levels of ESL students. Chere loves staying current with research into reading development and learning strategies and applying what she learns to her classes. She enjoys the unique potential of the IEP program here at CSUN to both inspire individuals to professional excellence as well as build a sense of global community, and loves working with such a diverse group of colleagues and students.

Gloria Cliffords

Gloria Cliffords has been teaching at CSUN in the IEP Program for over 25 years. She has taught parents and their children, as well as many siblings in the program. Before teaching at CSUN, she taught at every level from Montessori Preschool through high school, as well as at Berlitz Language School, business schools and corporations in need of English training for their employees. In addition, she does motivational workshops and seminars on positive thinking and is certified in hypnotherapy, N.L.P. (Neuro/Linguistic Programming) and Therapeutic Imagery. She hosted her own television show named "Mind Over Matter" for several years.

Corinne Cummings

Corinne began working in the Tseng College teaching accent reduction to international students employed by local businesses. She joined IEP over 10 years ago. Corinne is defined by her energy and her desire to raise her students' critical thinking skills. She likes to discuss a variety of topics with her students, especially American History, which she brings to life in her writing class. She plays the flute and loves pets. She owns a cat and dog who get along famously.

Piera Fumagalli

Piera Fumagalli has been teaching ESL for more than 25 years. She holds a master's degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California. Her bachelor's degree is in Italian from the University of Wisconsin. She spent a year studying at the Università di Bologna, Italy, the oldest university in the world. For her degree, she wrote research papers in Italian. Italian is a second language for her, so she knows what students are going through when they have to write research papers in their second language, English. She loves to write and would like to share this thrilling activity with students.

Helena Gaynor

Helena has been working at CSUN for over 20 years. She first worked in the IEP in the late 80s and returned in 2000. She loves challenging students and getting them to raise their critical thinking skills. She also spends a lot of time with her students getting them to improve their research and writing skills and reach the level of excellence required to succeed in the university. She is fond of American History and her enthusiasm shows in her content-based research paper writing class.

Kristin Jackson

Kristin Jackson has been teaching beginning and intermediate level IEP students since 2000. She has an undergraduate degree from UCLA and a Master's degree in linguistics. She asks her students to call her "Captain" because, she says, "I'm leading the troops in an uphill battle against English." Although her classes are very intensive, there is still room for comedy. She can tell students to pay attention, study hard, and "stop doing that!" in a dozen languages, so they are often surprised!

Arthur Maturo

Arthur Maturo grew up in Canoga Park, a city in the San Fernando Valley. From the age of 8 years old Arthur studied music, including clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone, euphonium, trombone, guitar, voice and piano. While studying music composition, he met two students from Japan: a filmmaker and a fellow composer. He decided to go to Japan, where he taught English because, he felt, language is power. Language can be used to promote peace and goodwill. He finished a B.M. in music composition and transferred to the linguistics department where he completed an M.A. in linguistics. He hopes that the language he teaches to students from around the world will be used to promote peace, unity and understanding of other cultures.

Eddika Organista

Eddika has been an educator since 1999. She has worked mainly in the Los Angeles area where she taught world music, performance and language arts to elementary and junior high school students in the L.A. Unified School District. She also taught art workshops at the J. Paul Getty Museum for nine years. Eddika has a bachelor's degree in Ethnomusicology with a minor in Brazilian Portuguese from UCLA. She also has a master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from USC. Eddika joined CSUN's Intensive English Program (IEP) in March 2013. Because she grew up in a bilingual household (both parents are immigrants from Mexico City) and studied English as a Second Language (ESL) as a child, languages have always played a significant role in Eddika's life. She especially enjoys the diversity of her CSUN students, who make her position not only a dynamic teaching experience but also a learning experience about new generations, cultures and languages.

Andralena Panczenko

Andralena, who joined CSUN's IEP program in 2013, began teaching English and ESL in both public and private schools in 2005. In 2010, she focused on teaching ESL at private language schools, and in 2012 began teaching at the community college level. She holds a bachelor's degree from UCLA, a master's degree in Education from Mount St. Mary's College, and a TESL certificate. Andralena believes in creating a welcoming classroom environment where students can have fun and be active learners while working toward university standards. In her free time, Andralena enjoys traveling, watching horror movies, and writing for a fashion blog.

Monika Savic

Monika Savic has been teaching ESL since 1981, primarily in the Los Angeles area. She holds a master's degree in English literature from UCLA as well as a Certificate in TESL. She started her teaching at a small private English school, the English Language Center, in 1981. She later worked for UCLA in the library system before being offered an adjunct teaching position at Moorpark College in 1990, where she has been teaching both ESL and English composition courses ever since. She joined the faculty of the Intensive English Program at CSUN in 2006. Her own multicultural background is one reason for her interest in teaching English; her parents were immigrants to this country, and her husband came here from Europe as a child with his family.

Peter Schneider

Peter has been working in the Intensive English Program at CSUN since 1996. After working in Japan for 22 years as an English instructor and author, he returned to the US and received his Master's in Linguistics at CSUN. Peter's goal as an English instructor is to help students build their fluency in English and feel comfortable with the language. He loves teaching students vocabulary and grammar.

Sarah Sly

Sarah Sly has a master's in Linguistics-Teaching English as a Second Language from CSUN. She began tutoring and teaching activity classes for the IEP in 2011, while pursuing her degree, and joined the IEP teaching staff in 2012. Sarah's bachelor's degree is in Deaf Studies, and she has worked as a Sign Language interpreter at both CSUN and Moorpark College since 2007. Because of her background in working with a visual language (American Sign Language), Sarah takes a strongly visual approach to teaching English as a Second Language. She became interested in TESL as a career when she interviewed her grandmother, Georgie, about her experiences when she emigrated from England to America. Sarah always enjoys working with students and inspiring them to find ways of studying that match their individual learning styles.

Carol Swanson

Carol Swanson has been teaching English to non-native speakers since the early 1990's. She has a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University, and a master's degree in English and TESOL. Carol Swanson has taught all ages and levels of English Language learners. She is especially interested in the importance of sound and intonation, and loves to get a lively conversation going in her classroom. She also loves teaching the process of writing, and believes "if you can say it, you can write it." Swanson joined IEP in 2010 and is impressed with the opportunity the students have for international cultural communication.

Beth Wolfson

Before coming to the IEP over five years ago, Beth taught in a Japanese-based English language program for university students in Southern California and also coordinated a summer Intensive English program for European high school students. Beth is both casual and a perfectionist, trying to help students develop their English skills so that they can express themselves in both writing and speaking as accurately as possible while making them feel comfortable at the same time.

Anne York-Herjeczki

Anne York-Herjeczki has been teaching ESL since 1999 in a variety of locations, ranging from China (Chengdu and Harbin); India (Mahapalipurum); Thailand (Nakon Pathom) and Peru (Lima) to Irving, Texas; and California (Northridge and Glendale). She joined the faculty of CSUN's Intensive English Program in 2013. Anne is an active member of California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) and is an experienced presenter of ESL classroom research. She received her Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Biola University in La Mirada, California. She has also studied International Affairs and Asian Studies at Sichuan University and earned her B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Nevada, Reno. While teaching abroad, Anne traveled throughout Asia and Europe taking overland routes. She enjoys not only teaching English but also learning other languages and about other cultures. In her free time, Anne enjoys traveling and gardening with her husband.

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