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The faculty of the English language Institute are dedicated professionals in the field of language learning. All hold advanced degrees in English, linguistics or related fields and have considerable work experience in teaching English as a second language.


Amy Hoffman

  • M.Ed. Educational Technology, University of Hartford
  • TESOL/TEFL Certification, Oxford Seminars
  • B.A. English, Connecticut College
  • Personal interests include music, art and running


Scott Bennett

  • M.S. TESOL, Central Connecticut State University
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • Personal interests include cooking, computer programming, learning languages, hiking, learning how to do new things, and creating digital music

Fiona Eytan


  • M.A. TESOL, University of London
  • B.A. German Language and Literature, University of Manchester (U.K.)

Judy Lee


  • M.Ed. TESOL, Rhode Island College
  • B.A. English, California State University at Los Angeles
  • A.A. English, Pasadena City College
  • Personal interests include reading, online courses, languages, Sudoku puzzles, cooking/baking and traveling

Susan Shapiro


  • TESOL Graduate Coursework, Central Connecticut State University
  • Graduate Secondary English Education Certification, St. Joseph College
  • M.A. English, Trinity College
  • B.A. Psychology, Central Connecticut State University
  • Teaching Certification - Secondary English (015), TESOL(111)
  • Personal interests include reading, languages, crossword puzzles, golf, walking

Joana Yoo


  • M.A. TESOL, Fairfield University
  • B.A. International Studies, Russian Studies and Spanish, CCSU
  • Personal interests include sewing, photography, traveling, gardening and reading to her children