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Teaching Assistant

Anna Brown

Office: Faner 3321

Anna received her bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Liberty University in 2016. After two years of working in public education as an ESL teacher for elementary and junior high students, she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Linguistics here at SIU. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, bike, kayak, or go camping- anything outdoors.



Sarah Chang

Office: Faner 3235
Phone: (618) 453-2265

Sarah Chang joined the CESL faculty in August 2011 after teaching at Southeast Missouri State University's Intensive English Program. She also has taught ESL at the University of Delaware and taught at CESL both as a teaching assistant and an adjunct instructor during and after her graduate studies. She earned both of her Master degrees from SIU; one is in Workforce Education and Development while the other is in TESOL. She lived and worked in Okinawa Japan, for three years while serving in the United States Air Force. Her academic interests include teacher training and mentoring, pronunciation correction, and teaching her students the academic skills they must have in order to be successful college students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, traveling, cooking and eating foods from around the world, and hanging out with her friends from different countries. She also collects anything “Hello Kitty” and looks forward to traveling to Taiwan once a year to visit her husband's family.


Graduate Teaching Assistant

Leah Gray

Office: Faner 3321

Leah Gray is a graduate teaching assistant at CESL pursuing a master's degree in linguistics. She received her bachelor's degree in linguistics from the University of Oklahoma in 2015, then went on to teach English to elementary and junior high school students in Japan for three years with the JET Program. In her free time she enjoys traveling, writing, and studying other languages.


Graduate Teaching Assistant

Abdulsamad Humaidan

Office: Faner 3225

Abdulsamad Yahya Humaidan is a graduate teaching assistant at CESL and a doctoral student majoring in Language, Literacies and Culture/TESOL in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU). In 2012, he was awarded Fulbright Foreign Student scholarship by the U.S. Department of State to pursue an MA/TESOL at SIU. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Translation from the University of Science and Technology-Yemen in 2007. He taught English language courses at a college level for four academic years at the University of Science and Technology and Lebanese International University - Yemen. Humaidan’s research interests include ESL and EFL assessment, English for Academic Purposes, Corpus Linguistics, Literacy, Adult Literacy, teacher education, and language teaching and learning with technology.


Graduate Teaching Assistant

Guillermo Hurtado

Office: Faner 3333

Guillermo Hurtado is finishing his doctorate in education with specialization in teacher leadership in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He holds a master’s degree in TESOL from SIU. He has over 20 years of experience in teaching English as a foreign/second Language. He was the treasurer of the Nicaraguan Association of Teachers of English (ANPI) in Nicaragua for six years and a national presenter for ANPI before coming to the United States to pursue graduate studies. He participated in the training program “Books in the Box,” sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. Guillermo taught English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Communicative English for over ten years at UCA in Managua, Nicaragua. At SIU, Guillermo worked as a graduate assistant at the Hispanic Resource Center, where he tutored freshman Latino/Hispanic students and coordinated the “Poquito a Poquito” (little by little) Conversation Program in Spanish. His research interests include teacher supervision, student evaluation and assessment, and vocabulary learning through visuals.



Stacie Lawley

Office: Faner 3223
Phone: (618) 453-2265

Stacie Lawley earned her TESOL master’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and her bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science at SIU. She has taught for more than 30 years, both in the U.S. and abroad in Korea and Mexico. She was a participant in the Fulbright Seminars Abroad program in Pakistan, and spent two years in Sierra Leone, West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Stacie has presented at TESOL conferences at both the state and regional levels. Her research interests include second language reading and writing.


Teaching Assistant

Tatiana Lunina

Office: Faner 3333

Tatiana earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and French Linguistics at N.I. Lobachevsky State University in Russia. She is currently a teaching assistant at CESL and a graduate student at the Department of Linguistics at SIU. She taught English to undergraduate students at her alma mater, and she was an English tutor during and after her studies. Tatiana’s academic interests include second language acquisition, bilingualism and TESOL.



Susan G. McFalls

Office: Faner 3334
Phone: (618) 453-2265


Susan G. McFalls received her bachelor’s degree in speech education and her master’s degree in English as a foreign language, both from Southern Illinois University. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience in intensive language programs and was the director of curriculum at both the ELS at Eckerd College and the CELL at Maryville College. She has also presented workshops at state, regional and national TESOL conventions.



Kathryn Mutchnick

Office: Faner 3231
Phone: (618) 453-2265

Kathryn Mutchnick holds an master’s degree in TESL from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has taught and tutored ESL and EFL in the United States and in Mexico in both the ESL and IEP settings. Her areas of interest include second language acquisition in the areas of communication and writing. She is currently spending her free time pursuing her doctorate in curriculum and instruction.



Colin Robinson

Office: Faner 3331
Phone: (618) 453-2265

Colin Robinson has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a reading and language studies focus from SIU. His dissertation was a mixed methods longitudinal study on Spanish-English code-switching patterns in bilingual boy-girl twins. He holds a master’s degree in foreign languages and literatures (Spanish). His thesis was on the training of teaching assistants regarding rude and disruptive behavior in the classes they teach. He also completed a master’s degree in linguistics at SIU. His thesis examined linguistic freedom in the Catalan Language Law of 1998. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of California – Riverside. His interests include family language planning, bilingual children, heritage languages, and teacher mentoring. He has taught at four different Intensive English Programs in the United States, published articles in peer-refereed journals and presented at multiple professional ESL and foreign language conferences. Robinson has taught at CESL full-time since 2005.


Teaching Assistant

Paula Rolim

Office: Faner 3333

Paula Rolim started her PhD at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at SIU this Fall/2018 and is a graduate teaching assistant at CESL. Prior to that, she has taught ESL at Southeast Missouri State University, where she has also completed her Master's in TESOL and Professional Writing; and taught EFL in Brazil, her home country. Her research interests include autonomy and motivation, writing styles, and extensive reading. In her free time, she loves to learn different languages, listen to music, read, or make brigadeiros.