Sarah Gardenghi, M.A. has been in the field of international education for over fifteen years. In her current position as Director of the English Language Institute at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, she oversees an intensive English program that educates approximately 200 hundred international students yearly. She is a liaison within the university, bringing departments together for international initiatives with a focus on the student experience. She partners with international leaders and embassy officials to customize international professional development programs. Sarah previously managed student services at the English Language Institute and provided personal, academic, and immigration advising. She also teaches Speech Communication courses for the English Department and is a Career Advisor for the graduate students in the Instructional Systems Development program at UMBC. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communication from Concordia College, and her Master's degree in Communication from Colorado State University.
Josie Penn joined the ELI in 2000, after 12 years facilitating children’s development by owning and operating a licensed childcare facility in her home. She prides herself on helping others achieve their goals. In April 2007, she received UMBC's Employee of the Quarter award in recognition of her work. In addition to her work at the ELI, Josie has taught aerobics for UMBC. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities and traveling.
Ryan Sheldon began his career in ESOL in 2009 teaching young learners in South Korea and later Ecuador. Upon returning to the United States his studies brought him to Washington D.C. where he earned a CELTA and later would move up to Baltimore to pursue his M.A. TESOL at UMBC. While studying, Ryan worked as an instructor and graduate assistant at the ELI where he discovered his passion for program development. Since then, he has served as an Assistant Director at the ELI at Notre Dame of Maryland University where his work focused on testing and evaluation, curriculum development, marketing, student services and advising, and faculty support. Now back at UMBC, he is proud to support all ELI students as they continue to work towards reaching their own personal, academic and professional goals. Ryan also holds a degree in Electronic Media from Xavier University in Cincinnati and spent several years working in television news and cable media.
Sarita Foutz is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. She has a degree in accounting and a professional license in public accounting from the University of Benito Juarez of Oaxaca, Mexico, and an M.A. from UMBC in instructional systems development. Before pursuing her M.A., Sarita began her studies at the ELI! Sarita has worked at the ELI for nearly 10 years.
Dr. Yuliya Schmaltz has degrees in English language, education, and policy. She has worked in the field of higher education for over 15 years, part of which she worked in Kazakhstan and in Central Europe. Her professional experience includes EFL, ESL, and teacher training and she brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the field of TESOL. In her current role as Assistant Director for Academic Programs at the English Language Institute (ELI) at UMBC, Yuliya works with ELI faculty on developing and maintaining program and course curricula, implementing academic policies and procedures, and on ensuring quality of educational offerings. She oversees student testing, registration, academic advising and advocates for ESL students and instructors on campus and in the community. In addition to her current administrative responsibilities, Yuliya also teaches courses for the ELI and for the MA TESOL Program at UMBC. In her previous position as an non-credit ESOL coordinator for the Community College of Baltimore County, she oversaw course and program development, advising and registration, professional development, and a large instructional team.
Chris McKinnon began his career teaching English in Katowice, Poland where he spent six years teaching business English to adults. In 2007 he received a CELTA from the Lewis School of languages in Barcelona, Spain and began teaching young learners. After teaching children for another year in Spain, Chris returned to Eastern Europe to Prague, Czech Republic where he spent two more years teaching adults. Chris has a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MA TESOL. Chris speaks both Polish and English and has a great love for Polish culture.
Kati Milter holds a B.Ed. with an ESOL specialization and an M.A. in English from ELTE, Budapest, Hungary. Kati has more than 10 years' experience teaching English as a second language in her native country, and taught English literature and history at Janus Pannonius University in Pecs, Hungary before moving to the U.S. in 2000. Kati earned an M.A. in Telecommunications and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Ohio University, where she also taught undergraduate courses in advertising and communications. Specializations within her doctoral studies included adult education, applied technology, distance education, and blended learning. Kati resides in Catonsville with her husband, who teaches at Johns Hopkins University, and her two bilingual daughters.
Landy Andriamiarisoa is a certified teacher in her home country of Madagascar and has extensive experience in the ESOL field for over ten years. She has taught both English and French in many multicultural settings, such as Madagascar, South Africa, India, and currently is teaching in the U.S. (ELI UMBC). She received her first Master’s degree in English Education in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded a Fullbright scholarship to pursue her graduate school in the US where she earned her second Master’s in TESOL at UMBC. She chose teaching as her career because she is outgoing and loves to work interactively with people in different multicultural settings.
Ibrahim Er holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Bogazici University and Bilkent University, respectively, in his native country, Turkey. Having taught English at the tertiary level for 6 years in Turkey, he moved to the US where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the Language, Literacy and Culture program at UMBC. He has so far worked on studies involving the integration of critical thinking skill into foreign/second language education, and the practices of content-based instruction. He is fluent in Turkish and English and intermediate in Japanese.