Intensive English Program


Caroline Borden

Caroline is a lecturer and assessment coordinator at the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University. She has taught English at the university, in high school, and at an adult detention center. In 2012, she completed her MA with EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She loves learning and teaching other people languages. This summer she will be teaching Intensive English for Peacebuilders for the third year with the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

IEP Instructor

Since joining IEP in January 2014, Molly has been teaching reading and writing and grammar courses. Molly studied Music and English at Goshen College. After graduating in 2007, she worked at Rosetta Stone for 3 years in content development. At Rosetta Stone, she led the translation projects for Spanish and Greek and built grammar content for Japanese and Italian. From 2010 to 2013, Molly taught English in China with MCC. During her last year in China, she also volunteered at a counseling center, doing Chinese to English translation and helping with English communications.

Cindy Byler

Cindy teaches Grammar and Reading, Writing and Research in the Intensive English Program.
She has a degree in education from Bluffton University with thirteen years of experience teaching international and cross-cultural students in U.S. settings and eight years of international experience in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. She and her husband have returned to Harrisonburg following the completion of a six year term as representatives in the Middle East for Mennonite Central Committee. Cindy appreciates the increasing international diversity at EMU and enjoys relating to the students at the IEP and the broader Harrisonburg community.

Eric Eberly

Eric has taught English as a Foreign Language in China and South Korea for nearly 10 years. He holds an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Azuza Pacific University in Azuza, California and enjoys working at the intersection where language teaching and peacemaking meet. His hobbies include mountain biking, reading and finding ways to stay connected with Chinese people and issues.

Kathy Fisher
Senior Lecturer

Kathy is a graduate of EMU and of Temple University. She has taught mostly ESL (or EFL) at EMU and Ohio State Univ. in the US, and at King Saud Univ. and the Institute for Public Admin in Saudi Arabia,and at the University of the UAE. She was the Supplemental Instruction Director at JMU for a number of years, but has now returned to EMU to teach a class in the IEP and a college writng course. After living abroad for so many years, she also believes that the Shenandoah Valley may be one of the best places to live in the world.
She thanks her husband, Al Keim (no longer living) for bringing her here.

Dave Graybill
Senior Lecturer

Dave Graybill teaches Intermediate and Advanced courses in the Intensive English Program. Dave holds a B.A. from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., and a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. From 2002 to the end of 2004, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, where he taught English and U.S. Country Studies at Izmail State Liberal Arts University. Dave also has extensive experience as a writer, editor, and software content developer.

David Jost

David Jost teaches reading and speaking courses at the IEP. He studied education and history at Goshen College and has taught English short-term in Peru and Albania.

Dwight Martin
Senior Lecturer

Dwight Martin teaches a variety of courses at the IEP. His experience includes teaching English in numerous settings for over fifteen years. He recently completed a M.A. in Education at EMU. Dwight is married to Pam Martin. They have two children, Dara and Rachelle. Dwight also performs professionally as a guitarist and vocalist in restaurants and for special events.

Laura Polk

Laura teaches listening and speaking, grammar, and integrated skills with the Intensive English Program. She has lived abroad in Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, and most recently, Ecuador. She is a 2000 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with a BA in Psychology, and a 2008 graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a master’s in Applied Anthropology. In her free time she enjoys people-watching, concerts, and hanging out in bookstores and museums.

Lauren Powell

Lauren came to EMU in August 2011 as the Admissions Counselor for international students and transfer nursing applicants. She also coordinated and supervised the Telecounseling program in the Admissions Office. In August of 2013 she became an instructor for the Intensive English Program. Lauren is a 2006 graduate of Messiah College with a BA in Psychology and received her MS in International and Global Education from Drexel University in March 2011. After graduating college, she spent a year teaching English in Ecuador, South America. She has also spent time in Mexico, studying indigenous groups in Alaska, and has made trips to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

Steve Shenk

Steve primarily teaches intermediate listening and speaking at IEP. His previous English-teaching experience was in Japan, where he grew up in a missionary family. A history education graduate of EMU, Steve spent most of his career in writing, editing and marketing. For 11 years he was EMU’s director of communications.

Micah Shristi

In addition to teaching courses in the Intensive English Program, Micah Shristi provides services for international students in his role as International Student Advisor. He served in Nepal with Mennonite Central Committee (2008-20012) and in Colombia with Mennonite Mission Network (2003-2005). His ESL teaching experience includes teaching positions in Kathmandu, Nepal; Bogotá, Colombia and Washington DC. Micah graduated from EMU in 2000 with a degree in English and he went on to complete a masters in Industrial Technology at Appalachian State University.

James Smoot

James Smoot teaches integrated skills and reading, writing, and research courses in the IEP. He has taught English for more than twenty years in China, Poland, Slovenia, Syria, Turkey and several other countries. In 2010 he completed his Ph.D. in Cultural and Religious Studies at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. James speaks Turkish and some Spanish and Slovene. He has also worked as a journalist and carpenter. His passions are bicycles, squash, and wandering the forests looking for mushrooms.

Esther Stenson
Esther Yoder Stenson grew up in Stuarts Draft, Virginia but spent eight years of her life outside the United States. She taught in El Salvador from 1974-77 and taught English in China for five non-consecutive years (‘84-’85, ‘90-’92, and ’93 to ’95). China introduced her to her Minnesota husband, David. From 1995 to the present, Esther worked at JMU in the Writing Center, the English Dept. and Writing/Rhetoric Dept. She is the author of a collection of poetry, Miracle Temple (published by Cascadia Press), a booklet on Simple Amish Gardening (being published by Publications International) as well as other self-published documents. She continues to enjoy creative writing and family history, as well as gardening.


Kathleen Roth
Director, Department Head

Kathleen Roth is the director for the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University. She has 20 years of experience teaching and ten years of experience in educational administration and organizational consulting. She has her bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California and her master’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She and her family served with Mennonite Central Committee in Botswana, Africa.

Joyce Gingerich
IEP Office Coordinator

Joyce grew up in the multi-cultural city of Youngstown, Ohio. She attended Eastern Mennonite College where she studied Elementary Education. She married Paul Gingerich, a graduate of EMC. They lived in Kidron, Ohio for over 30 years, relating to students at Central Christian High School. She moved to the Harrisonburg, VA community in December of 2011 to be near her two grown children, both graduates of EMU. Joyce is thrilled to be working at the Intensive English Program. She greatly enjoys relating to the International students who study at the IEP.

Jered Lyons

Jered Lyons teaches a section of the Speaking, Listening, & Critical Thinking course in the Intensive English Program. In 2008 he graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a degree in Communications. After graduating he spent two years teaching English in South Korea. He also received a master’s degree in Post-Secondary Education from Salisbury University in 2013. Aside from instructing in the IEP Department he serves as a Multicultural Student Advisor, Assistant Fitness Coordinator, and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at EMU. He enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures while sharing his own. He also enjoys conversing with friends and family while cooking and eating.

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