Level Four- Carolyn Elk
Carolyn has taught ESL for 9 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Kansas and her MA in TESOL from Teachers College Columbia University. She taught in Tokyo and Akita Japan, New York City, and at the University of Kansas. She and her cat, Ingrid, moved to New Jersey in 2015 to start working at the Educational Testing Service. She speaks Japanese, but not very well. In her free time she enjoys hiking and bicycling outdoors, shopping at thrift stores and antique stores, and reading books about history. This is her first semester teaching at The English School.
Level Three - Chris Lapinski
Christopher has been teaching at the English School for three years. He has a TESOL certificate and has taught English at Princeton High School. He currently works at Princeton University Press as a design coordinator, assisting book designers and production editors in publishing scholarly books. In his spare time, Chris enjoys reading classic literature, watching films, bike riding, and traveling.
Citizenship Class - Eileen Mannix
Eileen has been teaching ESL to adults for 10 years. She started with TES in 2008 as a volunteer tutor, conversation leader, and teaching assistant before teaching ESL Level 2 and Citizenship Preparation classes. Before coming to the TES, Eileen worked full time in adult education, training, curriculum development and quality assurance for the State of New Jersey’s Human Resource Development Institute. She earned a BS from The College of New Jersey, MAS from Fairleigh Dickinson University and ESL/EFL certification from ICAL (International College of Applied Linguistics). In addition to teaching at TES, Eileen has taught ESL for the Princeton YWCA and for the Group Conversation Program sponsored by the Friends of the Davis International Center at Princeton University. Eileen currently teaches ESL classes for Rowan University and Mercer Institute. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her 3 dogs, hiking, travelling, road and trail running, and competing in obstacle course races.
Teaching Director - Trina Duke
Trina Duke has taught English and led teacher-training workshops in a number of countries. She works at Educational Testing Service, developing tests of English language proficiency. Trina has a bachelors degree in psychology from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and a masters degree in English language teaching from the University of London in England. In her free time she enjoys walking, reading, shouting at the television, and sitting outside under a tree with a glass of wine. Trina has been teaching English at The English School since 2005.
Level Two - Seth Beatty
Seth has been an educator for almost 20 years. He taught ESL in Japan before teaching high school social studies in the United States. After earning a Masters of Education, he worked as a test developer at Educational Testing Service, where he worked on the TOEFL and TOEIC family of assessments. He now works full-time as a content developer at Pearson Publishing. In his free time, Seth likes long-distance backpacking and binge-watching bad TV. This is his second year at The English School.
Level One - Robin Levinson
A former journalist and author, Robin has been teaching ESL to adults for five years. She taught for three years at Princeton Adult School before working as a volunteer teaching assistant at The English School then teaching her own class last year. She is in her final semester of an MATESOL program at The New School in New York City. She works full-time as a test developer at Educational Testing Service, where she works on English language proficiency tests (TOEFL and TOEIC), which are administered around the world. In her "spare" time, Robin enjoys kayaking, tennis, hiking, skiing, aerobics, making jewelry, and reading spy novels.
Level Basic - Jean Yepes
Jean is a certified ESL teacher with over fifteen years of experience teaching English Language Learners. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Monterrey Instituted of Technology, Monterrey, Mexico. In addition, she completed the course work and comprehensive exams towards a doctorate in Foreign and Second Language Education at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. After retiring from her position as an assessment specialist at ETS in 2016, Jean now enjoys teaching adult ESL classes at both The English School and the Princeton Adult School. In her spare time she likes to go folk dancing, garden, read, and get together with friends and family.
Intermediate-Advance Reading Course - Emilie Pooler
Emilie has been teaching for over 20 years. She has a BA in English from Colgate University and an M.Ed. in international education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. At present, she works at Educational Testing Service (ETS). Emilie got her start in English language teaching as a volunteer for two years with World Teach in Poland. Since then, she has taught English in a variety of places including summer camps, universities, and local adult programs. Emilie speaks French and a little bit of Polish. She enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family. Emilie has been a teacher at the English School since Fall 2009.
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