Faculty and Staff


The Institute's faculty members are highly trained and experienced professionals who specialize in teaching English as a Second Language. Drawing from backgrounds in writing, curriculum development, national and international English instruction, and counseling, our teachers are extremely adept at providing top quality instruction using the most up-to-date teaching techniques and materials. To keep them on the cutting edge, the IEI provides instructors with a variety of professional development opportunities so that they continue to learn and utilize the latest techniques and technologies. Our ESL professionals have a world of training and education to draw on in addition to their own language-learning skills to provide highly interactive and effective lessons.

Our staff members keep the administrative side of the IEI running smoothly. Their years of experience with all aspects of student life provide an indispensable service to our students. Most importantly, they perform their jobs not only with professionalism but also with a friendliness that puts all students at ease.



Victoria Navarrete, Coordinator and Instructor
M.Ed. TESOL
CELTA 
BS Chemistry

Ms. Navarrete is in her fifteenth year of teaching English.  She has worked at private and university language schools in the U.S. and Mexico as an instructor, instructor-trainer, and academic director. In addition, she spent a year working at FAU’s Center for Excellence in Writing. Ms. Navarrete has presented at regional and state TESOL conferences: “Drawing Grammar: Using the Elements of Art to Teach English Grammar” (SETESOL, September 2010); “IWLE: Implementing an International Online English-Language Learning Program,” (SSTESOL, May 2012). She designed an online teaching program and published student, coach, and coach training manuals for a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching English online in the U.S. and the developing world. Her ESOL areas of interest include teaching writing and grammar. Her hobbies are street painting (pavement art) and learning foreign languages. 

 
Joelle Baudouin, Full-time Instructor 
M.A. in English 
B.A. in English
DEUG in English

Ms. Baudouin has taught at private and university intensive English programs in South Florida since 1989. She has taught English at the Universite de Pau in France and has taught both French and English at FAU. Ms. Baudouin’s hobbies include teaching French and learning Mandarin Chinese. In addition, she practices and teaches tai chi chuan, qigong, and Taoist philosophy; she has an advanced teaching certificate in Chen style tai chi chuan. 

 
James Ramirez, Full-time Instructor 
MS Varying Exceptionalities
BS Business Administration
Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Mr. James R. Ramirez has experience teaching ESL at both private and public language institutions including Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and FAU. Prior to teaching full-time as an Adjunct ESOL Professor, Mr. Ramirez worked almost 10 years as a Child Protection Investigator for the Florida Department of Children and Family. He is fluent in Spanish and has used his bilingual experience as an ad-hoc translator. Mr. Ramirez has been active tutoring students to pass the TOEFL iBT, and enjoys teaching Business English to foreign expats who have just arrived in the United States. 

 
Deborah White, Full-time Instructor
M Ed. in Multicultural Foundations, Florida Atlantic University
BA Journalism, Pepperdine University

Ms. White has over twenty years of ESOL experience both in the U.S. and in Lebanon. Fourteen of those years have been spent at the IEI. Her “great passion for this job and the knowledge that we do make a difference” enhance her academic skills in the classroom. Ms. White has presented on topics such as "Using Pictures in the ESOL Classroom" and "ESOL strategies with literacy students.” In her free time, she enjoys reading, butterfly gardening, and snorkeling.

 
Dr. Marta Garrido, Instructor 
Doctor of Education
M.Ed. – Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders

Dr. Marta Garrido has taught both Spanish and English at FAU for many years. She developed the graduate ESOL program at Nova Southeastern University, and also worked as a Spanish professor at Brooklands College in Weybridge, Surrey, England. Outside of language teaching, Dr. Garrido was the Vice-President of Marketing and Foreign Rights at Merit Publishing International, and was a regular contributor to the Journal of Industrial Pharmacy. Her interests include learning disabilities and multi-cultural awareness. She enjoys traveling, reading, teaching and learning languages. 

 
Ms. Clare Archer, Instructor
B.Ed. In-service Degree with ESL and English qualifications
B.Ed. Degree and Teacher’s Certification
B.A. English
 

Ms. Clare Archer has 25 years of teaching experience in English and ESL in Canada, England, Bahrain, and the US, in diverse educational settings from elementary and secondary schools, international language schools, and management development services to university ESL programs. She has taught intermediate to advanced levels, including exam preparations in Cambridge FCE, CAE, and TOEFL. She has traveled extensively, visiting 28 countries and 25 US states. Her interests are art, dogs, travel, and period films.      

 
Jean Sims, Instructor
M.Ed. TESOL
BA English

Ms. Sims holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education with a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) major. She is the author of two textbooks on the subjects of TESOL reading and listening. Ms. Sims has over 30 years of teaching experience in Africa, Michigan, Colorado, California, and Florida. She has spent the past 11 years at FAU as a coordinator and TOEFL Preparation instructor at the Intensive English Institute.

 
Marci Senna, Instructor
BA Education with ESOL endorsement
Professional Educator’s Teaching Certificate

Ms. Senna has taught extensively in private and university intensive English programs. Her area of specialization involves preparing students to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a university requirement for non-native speaking students.  She enjoys helping students implement strategies for reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.  Ms. Senna loves to scuba dive, bike ride, and travel….anywhere!

 
Dana Fishkin, Substitute Instructor
MS Educational Administration
MA TESOL
BA Spanish

Mr. Fishkin holds a B.A. in Spanish from City College of New York, an M.A. in TESOL from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and an M.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Pace University. After retiring from a position as Language Department Supervisor at Taft High School in The Bronx, New York, and as an ESL instructor at Bergen Community College, Mr. Fishkin relocated to South Florida. Since living in the Sunshine State, he has taught at Palm Beach State College and at FAU. Currently, he is a substitue instructor at the Intensive English Institute. Mr. Fishkin spends his free time with his dogs and at theater performances all over South Florida.

 
Jerome Ruderman, Substitute Instructor
MA Educational Supervision
MA Education, Counseling, and Psychology
JD

Mr. Ruderman received his Juris Doctorate from New York University Law School and subsequently practiced law for several years. Later, he decided to move into the areas of teaching and counseling and gained an M.A. in Education, Counseling, and Psychology from Fordham University, and an M.A. in Educational Supervision from Pace University. Mr. Ruderman spent 27 years working in the New York City School System, gaining certification as both a Bilingual Teacher and Counselor. He began teaching ESL at the Embassy School in Ft. Lauderdale in 1999 and transferred to FAU in 2002. Now semi-retired, he works at the IEI as an instructor. He enjoys reading, traveling, and teaching English and American Culture to foreign students. 

 

Barbara Chapman
Program Assistant, Designated School Official (DSO)

Ms. Chapman has worked for FAU for 23 years in the service of foreign students; thirteen of those years have been spent at the IEI. She professionally and efficiently handles student registration and is an expert on student-related immigration issues. In fact, she is the lead DSO for our institute, issuing I-20’s for our students. In addition, Ms. Chapman assists students with a range of cultural and immigration aspects of their lives in the United States. In her free time, Ms. Chapman loves to spend time with her family and pets.

 
Thalia Stathopoulos 
Coordinator,
Designated School Official (DSO)
B.A. Economics

Ms. Stathopoulos has worked for FAU for 21 years. She has spent the last 13 years with us at the IEI. She expertly maintains all student registrations and departmental payroll, In addition, she is our second DSO and issues I-20's along with Ms. Chapman. Ms. Stathopoulos enjoys reading and traveling in her free time. 

 
Marta Guevara
Executive Secretary
B.A. Business Administration

Ms. Guevara provides invaluable support services to the teaching staff, facilitating delivery of education to IEI students. For the past 6 years, she has expertly handled IEI registration and administrative duties such as fielding telephone calls and handling inquiries regarding the IEI program. In addition, you can often find students and staff admiring the bulletin boards she continually updates with calendars, pictures, and announcements highlighting recent IEI activities and events.  In her free time, Ms. Guevara enjoys spending time with her two kids.  She also enjoys arts and crafts, reading, and listening to music. 

 

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