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.

Doris Coleman

Doris Coleman began teaching English at the University of Southern California in 1983 while simultaneously earning her Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. Since her time at USC, she has taught English to international students at Glendale Community College, Southern California Indochina Chinese Association, and California State University, Northridge. She has also taught Spanish, French, and English at several private high schools. Doris loves getting to know her students by learning about their countries, cultures, and personal stories. In addition to teaching, Doris has also been involved in a wide variety of other instructional activities including curriculum development, textbook editing, and textbook development. Outside the world of academia, Doris has worked as both an acting coach and manager for her two children, who were child actors in Hollywood. In this and other capacities she has had the opportunity to travel widely, spending a significant amount of time in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Bulgaria, Canada, India, Guatemala, Mexico, Japan, and throughout Europe. In her spare time, Doris is writing a textbook about academic writing.

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.

Alixan Gorman

Alixan Gorman is a proud native of the San Fernando Valley and she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from CSUN. She joined the IEP program in 2012 as a tutor and activity class instructor and began teaching in the program in 2015. Alixan understands the challenges of studying a new language since she is a student of both Spanish and Italian.

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!

Joe Lima

Joe has taught in the IEP since October of 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from CSUN. Before coming to teach in the IEP, Joe taught English and Spanish at Berlitz in Los Angeles, English at Osaka Sangyo University in Los Angeles, and Adult ESL for several years through the Los Angeles Unified School District. Joe enjoys reading, music, and espresso coffee. He lives in Studio City with his wife, Alison, their daughter, and a very silly dog.

Mona Macki

Mona Macki has been teaching the in IEP since finishing her Master's degree here at CSUN. She has taught all levels and can help students with everything from paragraphs to essays, as well as pronunciation and TOEFL preparation. She taught TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in Iran and has more than 6 years of experience teaching ESL in the U.S to multicultural groups at various levels: elementary school, high school, college, and older adults. She took Arabic in high school and can read and write in Arabic. In addition, Mona teaches in the Linguistics Department at CSUN. She is a bilingual English and Farsi speaker and can tell you where to find the best Persian food in Los Angeles.

Kimzey McGrath

Kimzey McGrath specializes in teaching English to adults. Prior to coming to CSUN, her teaching engagements included a work-specific English program for the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, Spanish language literacy and beginning ESL for a nonprofit organization, and various volunteer commitments in the Los Angeles Public Library's ESL program. In addition to teaching the Intensive English Program core classes, she also teaches four-week intensive courses for college students from Mexico and a business English course primarily for students from Brazil. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she was an Executive Assistant at companies such as Bain Capital and Levi Strauss & Co. and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language.

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.

Mehrnaz Saadat

Mehrnaz Saadat first joined the IEP program as a tutor and activity class instructor in 2015 while completing her second Master’s degree at CSUN in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESL). She began teaching English as a Second Language in Iran while she was a graduate student studying Structural Geology. Working as a geologist, she still taught ESL to adults and children. Her passion for teaching led her to earn her second master’s degree in a field she was passionate about. She understands the challenges of learning English as a second language and the hard work required to obtain the desirable score in standardized tests such as TOEFL and IELTS. In addition to teaching in the IEP program, Mehrnaz teaches writing courses in the Linguistics Department at CSUN and runs an ESL program at a nonprofit organization for immigrants in LA. Mehrnaz enjoys classical music, herbal tea, cooking and sharing Persian food recipes.

Sean Saly

Sean Saly joined the Intensive English Program team as an instructor in 2015 after completing his Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language. Prior to pursuing his Master's degree, he taught in Spain and worked as a TESL tutor here at CSUN. He is a lover of culture and languages. Having learned as a second language himself, he has a unique understanding of what his students experience when learning a new language. Sean has been teaching English for Math among other classes and as a result he's able to combine both his math and linguistics skills to teach this special course.

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.

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.

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