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Meet the TESOL Center Team

Autumn Westphal: Head of Teacher Training

Autumn is from the Berkshires in western Massachusetts and has been living and working in NY for about 10 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Theater and Education and has been working in the ESOL field for 9 years teaching language learners, training teachers, managing programs and developing curricula. Autumn has spent a year abroad teaching in South Korea and loves learning about other languages and cultures. Besides ESOL teaching and training, she has also shared her expertise by presenting at the NYS TESOL Conference and the International TESOL Convention. When not teaching English, she also enjoys teaching young learners about fashion design, arts and crafts, jewelry making, set design and acting.

Chis Berry: Licensed SIT Teacher Trainer

Chris is from Tennessee and has lived in New York for almost ten years. He has taught English-as-a-Second language in various settings across the city including elementary school, high school and private classes. He has been teaching General English for over four years and has been working as a teacher trainer for the last two years. He is a graduate of the NYC Teaching Fellows program and received his Master of Art's in TESOL from City College. Chris also holds a BA in Anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University and a MA in Anthropology from the University of Florida. He enjoys traveling with his family and picking up languages along the way. He has had the good fortune to have found himself living in Madagascar for a year with his wife, Georgina, and was able to teach ESL in several high schools in the city of Maroantsetra. During this time he enjoyed providing free, extra-curricular English classes and sponsoring a local English-language radio program. Chris' Malagasy is just so-so. In his free time, Chris enjoys making up songs with his daughter, Hazel, and making a mess in the kitchen.

William Linn: Licensed SIT Teacher Trainer

William is from New York City and has been teaching ESL for about 8 years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and got his start in ESOL teaching with the SIT TESOL Certificate at Rennert in 2008 after spending some time tutoring in Bolivia. Since then he has primarily worked in New York teaching immigrants at community centers around the city. William received his M.A. In TESOL in 2011 and he has certificates in Skills and Principles of Language Teacher Training and Compassionate Communication for Educators. He became licensed as a teacher trainer by SIT in the spring of 2015. Of all his hobbies, William pays the most attention to his bike and his camping gear which he enjoys using and making.

Ralph Herdman: Teaching Business English Teacher Trainer

Ralph has lived and worked in New York for many years, with a few years spent in the Bay area. After completing an MBA in Finance, Ralph worked in the financial technology arena for over 15 years in different areas, including client services, product management and sales. He was very excited to enter the TESOL field in 2010, at which time he completed his TESOL training at Rennert. Ralph spent several years teaching English for Academic Purposes and Business English, and currently teaches in the Professional English Program at Rennert, where he leverages the combination of his varied business expertise and passion for language teaching. Additionally, Ralph works as a teacher trainer at Rennert, leading the Teaching Business English certificate course and driving changes to the curriculum. While Ralph loves New York, he has enjoyed traveling to many cities around the world, and is always open to suggestions for future adventures!

Selina Josephs: Teaching English to Young Learners Teacher Trainer

Selina is from Panama and has been living in New York for 10 years. She graduated from SUNY at Purchase College with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. Selina feels like she's always been a teacher. She has been teaching languages for 7 years and, before that, she taught arts and crafts to children for about 5 years. Ever since she was a child, Selina has always had a love for languages. Japanese was her first language taught by her mother, English was spoken between her parents at home and French and Spanish were taught at schools. Every now and again she brushes up on Japanese or French. When Selina's not teaching at Rennert, you can find her immersed in her art, playing the ukulele, visiting museums and galleries, or just simply enjoying this amazing city.




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