Intensive English Program

Faculty

Lily Anderson
Lecturer

Lily is a Virginia-raised language-lover who recently spent nine years teaching English language learners in China. She graduated from Huntington College in 2003 and in 2013 finished her masters at Indiana Wesleyan, both in education. She also studied media as an undergraduate, and received her CELTA certificate in 2005. In her spare time Lily enjoys cooking, knitting, reading, and playing soccer.

Caroline Borden
Senior Lecturer

Caroline is a Senior 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 languages.

Eric Eberly
Lecturer

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, at Ohio State University, at King Saud Univ. and other schools in Saudi Arabia,and at the University of the UAE. After working at JMU for a number of years, she now teaches full time in the Intensive English Program at EMU. 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.

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.

Cynthia McLendon
Lecturer

Cynthia teaches Grammar, Integrated Skills, and Listening, Speaking, and Vocabulary in the Intensive English Program. She has a BA in Anthropology from LSU, a JD from the University of Memphis School of Law, and an MA in TESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute. She loves animals and has two cats, Sashi and Sami, and two hamsters, Frodo Lebowski and Chibi Totoro.

Steve Shenk
Lecturer

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.

M Esther Showalter
Lecturer

Maria Esther has taught English as a Second Language and Spanish in both her native country Bolivia and the United States since 1993. She taught ESL at the Even Start Family Literacy program in Washington, DC. She earned her M.A. in Education from George Mason University in 2004. She was an ESL and Spanish instructor at Dayton Learning Center and has also taught Spanish at James Madison University. Aside from teaching she served as the Office Coordinator for the Intensive English Program at EMU. She taught for the Spanish Department for several years. She is currently a lecturer for the Intensive English Program and the Latino Student Alliance (LSA) advisor. Maria Esther, her husband Mark and son Jonathan live in Harrisonburg. She enjoys teaching and being part of this community.

Micah Shristi
Lecturer

In addition to teaching courses in the Intensive English Program, Micah Shristi provides services for international students in his role as International Student Adviser. 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. In his free time Micah enjoys spending time with his two young sons, solar energy projects, gardening and beekeeping.

James Smoot
Lecturer

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
Lecturer
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.
Jenny Wagner
Lecturer

Jenny graduated from EMU in 2006 with a degree in teaching ESL and grades K-6. She taught ESL in the Harrisonburg City Public Schools for a number of years and completed her masters in reading education in 2013. She enjoys reading, riding her bike, spending time with her family, and her involvement with Early Church.

Adjunct Faculty

Staff

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 15 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 Coord. of Admis/Reg & Off

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.

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