Staff

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Catherine Barnhart, Executive Director, has a MS in Education Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. She has over 20 years experience working with international and minority students in higher education, and has directed numerous volunteers and students in non-profit education programs.

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Ahmad Zia Afzali, Citizenship Coordinator, has a BA in Law and Political Science from Kabul University in Afghanistan. He worked with several non-profit organizations in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2010. He is an Afghan immigrant, living in Utah since June 2010. He is fluent in Farsi and English.

Ahmad is involved with the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office of Diversity and Human Rights office. 

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 Jessica Hercules

Jessica Hercules, Humanitarian Center Coordinator, received a BA in Liberal Arts from Utah State University. She began teaching ESL as a volunteer classroom aid in an Adult Education program while pursuing a Master of Second Language Teaching. She has taught in a range of adult ESL programs throughout the state of Utah. Jessica enjoys exploring the diverse and beautiful scenery of Utah, and watching the Utah Jazz!

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 Elin

Elin Isakson, Workplace English Coordinator, has her BA in English from BYU and a MA in applied linguistics from the University of Utah. She has taught English to children, teenagers, and adults over the past 12 years. She has taught in various language programs in Utah and did a teaching internship in Ecuador. She is passionate about the outdoors, traveling, and cooking.

 

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 Jennifer

Jennifer MacNaught, Americorps VISTA Resource Development, has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education. She has taught classes in Chronic Disease Management, Fall Risk Prevention, and Arthritis for the Salt Lake County Department of Adult and Aging Services. In addition she has volunteered and trained with the American Red Cross in Mass Care and Client case work. She loves spending time with her family and her dog Ruby and enjoys reading.

 

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 Elizabeth

Elizabeth McAninch, Empowering Parents Coordinator, has her M.Ed with a focus in TESOL from Seattle University and her B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  She has worked as an ESL teacher in the U.S. as well as int he southern region of China.  Elizabeth is from a small town in California and enjoys going home to visit her family, good coffee, and her two black Labradors.


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 Kimberly

Kimberly Marshall, Administrative Assistant, has an Associate’s Degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University.  Her passion is her two children with whom she spends all her spare time with.  She enjoys meeting people from all over the world and listening to them speak their native language. One of her goals is to learn how to say “I love you” in all languages possible. She has run five half-marathons, and finds peace while running. She also enjoys cooking new recipes, listening to music, and reading books.

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 Sharah

Sharah Meservy, Small Group Coordinator, has taught ESL in China and in the United States. She was certified through Cambridge University’s CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) program and has a BA in Theatre Arts Studies from BYU.

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Hedy Miller, Citizenship Instructor, has a Master’s degree in Linguistics and a TESOL certificate from the University of California, Davis. She has taught ESL, citizenship preparation, and has managed ESL and adult literacy programs since 1981. She has lived in many states in the United States and in Turkey and in Germany.

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Pamela Silberman, Associate Director, holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Connecticut, Pamela has lived in Salt Lake City for 17 years. She has also studied and worked in New York City, Guatemala, Rome, London, Texas, & Vermont. She has 25 years of experience in ESL, non-profits, communications, & community engagement. Pamela also serves on several advisory boards in the community.



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 Sara

Sara Wolovick, Americorp VISTA Family Literacy, received her B.A. with honors in English Literature from the University of Chicago in 2014, and got her TESOL certification from the International TEFL Academy in Chicago. She has taught adult literacy and was an assistant teacher for an adult ESL program in New York. In addition to French and Spanish, she has studied Latin and Old English. Sara loves painting, medieval literature, and arguing on the internet.

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As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the English Skills Learning Center prohibits discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, or sexual orientation. ESL Center complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which protects qualified applicants and employees with disabilities from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, job training, fringe benefits, classification, and other aspects of employment on the basis of disability. If any person feels that she/he has experienced discrimination or needs an accommodation, they should submit their concern in writing to the Executive Director.

 

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