Meet our team of talented and experienced Riverside Language Program staff – the people who make it all happen!
Our teachers are all native English speakers with a minimum of a Master’s degree in TESOL or closely-related discipline. All of them have been with us for years – some for more than three decades.
The majority of our non-teaching staff are first generation immigrants and graduates of Riverside Language Program – they are the proof that our program really works. They don’t just talk the talk, they bring their empathy, compassion and experience of the resettlement process to their work, providing our students with a wealth of practical and emotional support. We could not be more proud of them!
Elizabeth lived and taught English as a Second Language in Japan, Washington, DC and Boston before relocating to New York in 2003.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training (S.I.T) in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Jennafer has been a teacher at RLP since 2003. She has also taught ESL at Columbia University, Pace University and Bronx Community College.
Jennafer received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University Teachers College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and French from Sarah Lawrence College.
Artyom came to USA from Uzbekistan in 2006. He began as a student at RLP and then started to volunteer in the computer lab soon after.
Since August 2008, Artyom has been the IT-Specialist at Riverside.
Imelda came to New York from El Salvador in 2001. She was a student at RLP in 2005 and since 2006, she has been a dedicated Riverside staff member.
Besides being able to relate to the students, Imelda loves working at RLP because she believes that English empowers new immigrants and leads them to succeed in America.
Sally has an BA in English Literature from Cambridge University in the UK and a post-graduate diploma in Technical and Specialized Translation in French, German and Polish from the University of Westminster in London.
An avid world traveler, Sally has visited 30 countries on all continents bar Australia. And Antarctica. A proud dual US/UK citizen, having immigrated in 2007, she is now 34 50ths towards her goal of visiting every state in the union.
Lindsay is the daughter of a Hungarian immigrant mother and an American father from the Far West. She grew up in a bilingual home, and has always loved languages.
She has studied French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hungarian and Mandarin, which experience helps her understand the challenges of language acquisition.
Lia is the Workshop Coordinator and also teaches TOEFL preparation classes at Riverside. She organizes English conversations every day between students and American volunteers.
Lia was born in Brooklyn of Italian descent. Her undergraduate degree was in Italian Language and Literature at Boston College and her Master's degree was in Language Education for Adult and College Learners, from New York University.
Sofya was a student at RLP in 2000 and since 2001 has been running our busy office.
She thinks that RLP is a unique place which, in addition to English, provides all kinds of help that new immigrants need.
Lane has been with RLP since October 1980, working primarily with beginning students and as a teacher-trainer and mentor for graduate students.
For 20 years Lane was General Coordinator for ESL classes offered by the New York Public Library, and was an ESL teacher for the New York City Board of Education.
A native of Taiwan and a former student at RLP, HuiFang first worked in the main office as a volunteer. Prior to joining the staff in 2012, her professional experience included 19 years of serving as a nurse in the ER in Taiwan.
HuiFang loves helping new immigrants because she understands the challenges that they face from first-hand experience. For her, Riverside is a second home that is very close to her heart.
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