Intensive English Program
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Cindy is an office assistant for 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. Cindy appreciates the increasing international diversity at EMU and enjoys relating to the students at the IEP and the broader Harrisonburg community.
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.