All of our teachers are certified by the New York State Department of Education and start working here after extensive ESL experience and/or ESL teaching certification training. All our instructors are highly experienced, and each must complete a thorough orientation prior to teaching with NYLC. Additionally, instructors are observed frequently by a supervisor to ensure their effectiveness.

Dara Madnick

  • M.A. in TESOL, Long Island Univerity at CW Post
  • B.A. in Sociology, SUNY Albany
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I have my Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Long Island University at CW Post, and I am an experienced New York State certified English as a Second Language instructor. I began my career as a teacher in 1995, working for the New York City Department of Education in an elementary school in Queens, and remained teaching there for nine years. I have also been fortunate enough to teach English to adults at New York Language Center for almost two years. I have had the great opportunity to work with many students of diverse nationalities and cultures. As a result, I have the experience and dedication needed to teach English language learners the skills to become proficient in English.
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Joe Yu

  • Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri - Columbia
  • B.A. in Russian, University of Missouri
  • TESOL Certification, Global TESOL College
I love the world of languages and writing, and I enjoy helping students reach personal and professional goals as they become more proficient in English. I believe that learning a language should be enjoyable but progressing to a higher level, especially in a short period of time, requires dedication, and students who balance fun with a good dose of hard work are the most successful.
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Kim Hutchinson

Mia F. Della Pietra

  • BFA in Dramatic Writing with Honors, Concentration in Television Writing, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
  • 1 year of teaching experience in Thailand
  • TEFL/TESOL Certification, TEFLPlus
I try to keep my classes fun and engaging. English has so many exceptions and can be so non-sensical that I think finding the humor in that helps my students relax and enjoy themselves. My favorite part of teaching is being exposed to all the different cultures and backgrounds of my students and learning about their countries' and customs. It's like traveling around the world every day!
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Paras Ghelani

  • B.A. in English, University College, London
  • M.S. in Social Anthropology, English, University College, London
  • 4 years teaching experience in Spain
  • 3 years of teaching experience in Vietnam
  • 2 years of teaching experience in London
  • 1 year of teaching experience in Japan
  • TESOL Certification, Cambridge CELTA
After ten years teaching in Japan, Vietnam, Spain and Peru, I moved to NYC to settle down and impart my skills to the wonderful international groups that I have the opportunity to teach here. I am also a high school English Literature teacher and have extensive experience teaching Business Communication and exam preparation classes. My main interests are in the evolution of language, and as a keen student and speaker of six languages myself, I hope to learn as much as I teach!
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Ivan Brave

  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
  • TESOL Certified, SIT World Learning
The best part about teaching is when a great instructor and a great student meet to accomplish their objectives. My goal at NYLC is to help you accomplish yours. Part-time teacher, part-time student, my passions include Learning, Writing, Languages and Philosophy. Hope to see you soon in a classroom. Let\'s learn together.
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Jessica Gallagher

  • B.A. English Literature & Rhetoric, Catholic University of America
  • 2 years teaching experience in Prague
  • 1 year teaching experience in Australia
  • TEFL Certification, from TEFL Worldwide Prague

Jonathan Reed

  • B.A. Philosophy and Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • 8 years of teaching experience in Prague
  • 1 year of teaching experience in Japan
  • 7 years of teaching experience in USA
  • TESOL Certification from Lingua Edge

Ariane Torres

  • B.A. in Biochemistry, SUNY Oneonta
  • 3 years of teaching in Korea
  • TEFL Certification, from ITTT

Benjamin Sanford

  • B.A. Government, Cornell University
  • 1 year teaching experience in Japan
  • TEFL Certification, i-to-i

Brendan Gahan

  • B.A. English Literature/Writing, Marist College
  • 1 year teaching experience in Prague
  • TEFL Certification, The Language House, Prague

Christina Appel

  • B.A. Sociology, Vassar College
  • 5 year of teaching experience in Chile
  • TEFL Certification, Bridge Linguatec

Kai Peronard

  • B.A. Communications, CUNY Hunter College
  • 4 years teaching experience in Chile
  • TESL Certification

Harris Spencer

  • B.S. Psychology, Northeastern University
  • 1 year teaching experience in Vietnam
  • CELTA, Teaching Housing, New York
  • TOEIC Teacher Training, Vietnam