Accomplished Academic Director with extensive experience in developing curriculum for English as a second language classes. Exceptional background in designing meaningful and effective coursework that engages students and expedites learning.
Creative learning strategies
Instructional theories knowledge
Patient and encouraging
Proficient at developing rapport
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Reading comprehension expertise
Exceptional interpersonal skills
Supervision and training
Calm under pressure
12 years of teaching ESL
Innovative teaching methods
Accomplished academic director
Excellent memory for faces and names
Hiring and retention
Training and development
Personnel records maintenance
New hire orientation
Complex problem solving
Reduced employee turnover by 80%.
People Management and Leadership
Hired qualified ESL instructors
Inspired the faculty members to continue their professional development by completing the CELTA program or the Master's in TESOL ( 7 completed their CELTA and 2 their MA in TESOL)
Motivated teachers to perform at a higher level
Recommended 6 instructors in the past 5 years for the ELS Language Centers Excellence in Teaching Award. 4 Instructors were recipients of this prestigious award.
Trained and mentored the academic staff members
Skillfully delegated academic and administrative tasks to instructional staff
June 2011 to February 2016
ELS Language CentersTeaneck, NJAcademic Director
Successfully managing and directing the instructional program in the past 5 years
Hiring, coaching and supervising the instructional staff ( 6- 24 teachers)
Successfully completing annual RAPs for all the faculty members
Testing and placing students (60- 250 students)
Providing academic orientation to new students
Creating customized individualized learning plans to assist struggling students
Providing monthly in service workshops for instructors
Assisting with college orientation and counseling as needed
Developed curricula for our center and for other special programs
Creating and administering Instructional and Center Surveys
Performing other duties related to the management of the academic program and the center in absence of CD
Teaching as required, depending on enrollment.
Directing strategic initiatives to achieve excellence in teaching
Recruited and interviewed 10 applicants per semester
Answered employee questions regarding benefits and payroll and resolved any issues.
Conducted new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward organizational objectives.
Identified staff vacancies and recruited, interviewed and selected applicants.
Served as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts and helping resolve work-related problems.
January 2010 to February 2016
IELTS USATeaneck, NJIELTS Examiner
Successfully examining to the IELTS standards for 6 years
Successful completing 3 re-certifications in the past 6 years
Conducting at least 10 IELTS interviews and 20 writing samples per day
July 2006 to June 2011
ELS Language CentersTeaneck, NJInstructional Specialist
Taught 30 hours a week of all skills and grammar to students from beginner to master levels
Assisted the Academic Director making the class, teacher's and student's schedule
Helped and trained new teachers
Employed kinesthetic, visual and auditory approaches to make lessons interesting and interactive.
Wrote curriculum for skills enhancement classes
Integrated technology as an instructional tool, including the Smartboard.
Attended and conducted professional development workshops focused on learning goals and classroom management.
Assisted the Center Director when necessary with managing the computer laboratory
Administered TOEFL exams when scheduled at our premises.
Planned and supervised class projects, field trips and guest speaker events as part of our Contact America project
Conducted small group and individual classroom activities based on differentiated learning needs. Completed ongoing staff training sessions.
June 2006 to November 2007
BerlitzRidgewood, NJLanguage Instructor
Taught English to speakers of other languages Taught Business English classes.
Created daily lesson plans for multi-level adult ESL classes.
Taught lessons encompassing a range of skill-building activities for speaking, writing, reading and listening.
Organized supplementary materials in English for all students.
Univeristy of Massachusetts Boston, MA, USAApplied Linguistics Master of Arts
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Ss Cyril and Methodius University Skopje, MacedoniaEnglish Language and Literature Bachelor of ArtsMinor in translation
December 2010 ELS Award for Excellence in Teaching
IELTS Examiner Re-Certification February 2016
Active Learning Techniques CEU/CPE January 2016
Dealing with Difficult Students CEU March 2015
Creative Ways to Motivate Employees CPE/CEU July 2014
Building Teamwork One Individual at a Time CEU/CPE/PDU July 2014
Fred Pryor on Leadership CEU July 2014
IELTS Examiner Re- Certification May 2014
IELTS Examiner Re- Certification April 2012
Dealing with Difficult Employees September 2012
IELTS Examiner Certification April 2010
CELTA January 2009
TOEFL Administrator Cetification July 2007
Berlitz Instructor Training June 2006
ESL Curriculum Development
ELS/NIKE Camp Curriculum Jan-May 2015
Chen Gong Gateway to a Successful Tomorrow (Fairleigh Dickinson University)
ELS Committee Member
AD Workload Committee 2015
TESOL Proposal Reviewer June 2014
Final Exam Reviewer Dec /Jan 2013
Class List Online Training Team Sept/Oct 2012
Academic Director Trainer
Trained the Academic Director at ELS Riverdale, Bronx, NY 2012
Trained the Acting Academic Director at ELS Teaneck, NJ 2013
Trained the Academic Director of the NIKE Camps, Boston, MA 2015