ELTA Faculty

English Language Training Academy Faculty member Kaitlyn Belloli

Kaitlyn Belloli

Kaitlyn Belloli has a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from American University. Kaitlyn has been teaching classes for undergraduate and graduate international students at American University since 2012. Currently, Kaitlyn is teaching the following courses: AU in the World, Culture of U.S. Higher Education, and TV and Culture. She enjoys collaborating with students to strengthen language skills and explore new subject areas. Additionally, she has created curriculum for several courses at AU and beyond. Kaitlyn has also taught Academic Communication in the summer program of the John Hopkins Carey Business School.

English Language Training Academy faculty member Danielle Capano

Danielle Capano

Danielle Capano has taught in the School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS) at American University since 2013. In addition, she also previously served as the Program Coordinator for SPExS’ English Language and Training Academy. Over the years she has taught both in the U.S. and abroad in countries such as Italy and Turkey, where she taught at Inonu University as part of the Fulbright E.T.A. program. Danielle received her B.A. in English Literature and her M.A. in English Education from West Virginia University. Apart from teaching, her passions include creative writing, social justice issues, and cooking.

Faculty member Krisztina Domjan

Krisztina Domjan

Dr. Krisztina Domjan is a progressive and compassionate educator who has taught English Composition, ESL/EFL and ESOL courses in Hungary, in England and in the USA. She is an advocate of lifelong learning, professional development, innovative teaching practices, continuous fieldwork and qualitative research in education. She enjoys creating extra opportunities for students to improve their skills and abilities via instructional videos explaining certain concepts on her YouTube channel, and via frequent posts on her educational blogs to provide further guidance.

Faculty member Jessie Ebersole

Jessie Ebersole

Jessie Ebersole has been teaching AU in the World at ELTA since May 2017. She is completing her master's degree in TESOL from American University. She holds a B.A. in Development Studies from Middlebury College, and is a member of Washington English Center's Associate Board.

English Language Training Academy faculty member Anna Gonzalez Warrick

Ana Gonzalez Warrick

Dr. Ana Gonzalez Warrick, professional lecturer with ELTA, joined the faculty in 2016. She has taught several courses including Intercultural Understanding and Media and Culture. Prior to joining AU she taught communications, education and humanities courses as well as English language courses at several universities, colleges and private schools in the US and Spain. She has a Ph.D. in Strategic Communications from the University of Malaga, Spain. She has a Master's in Education and a B.S. in Communications from Boston University.

English Language Training Academy faculty member Harriet Heiberg Gotiangco

Harriet Heiberg Gotiangco

Harriet Heiberg Gotiangco earned her B.A. in Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University and her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) from American University. Harriet has been teaching adult ESOL classes in the Washington, DC area for the last 6 years and enjoys working with foreign students as they encounter and negotiate their new, exciting and sometimes intimidating experiences in the United States. She is currently an instructor for the English Language and Training Academy where she works with both graduate and undergraduate students, developing the advanced academic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking required in a higher education environment.

Faculty member Joe Herrin

Joe Herrin

Joe Herrin has worked with English language students in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, as well as in the U.S. Joe has a Master’s degree in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies/TESOL from the University of New Mexico. Joe is a musician and writer who loves to travel and experience people and their cultures.

Faculty member William Kennedy

William Kennedy

William Kennedy is adjunct faculty in ELTA. He has worked in language education for over 25 years as an ESL/EFL teacher, trainer, and program administrator in more than a dozen countries around the world. Originally from Canada, he received his MA in TESOL from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and a BA in English from the University of British Columbia. His professional interests include professional development, reflective practice, and media literacy.

Faculty member Alice Kim

Alice Kim

Alice Kim serves as a Full-Time Instructor of the English Language and Training Academy (ELTA). She teaches courses for both ELTA and the Accelerator Program including courses like Film & Culture Studies, Academic Discussion, and Academic Writing. Alice received an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Columbia University and has taught in NYC, Virginia, and South Korea. She is fluent in both English and Korean, with a knowledge of conversational Japanese.

Faculty member John Maruschak

John Maruschak

John Maruschak is an international educator with over 20 years teaching experience. He received his undergraduate degree in Languages and Linguistics from the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1991. From there he studied lingustics at Phillips University in Germany and eventually worked and traveled in over 20 countries in Europe and Asia. John worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Teacher Trainer in Outer Mongolia and received a Peace Corps fellowship from George Washington University, completing his MA in ESL in 2009.

Faculty member Leah Mortenson

Leah Mortenson

Leah Mortenson has been teaching English to speakers of other languages for the past seven years. She has taught abroad to secondary school students in Cambodia, taught community ESL in Portland, Oregon, and has taught college students at the University of Kansas and now American University. She holds her MA in TESOL and is currently writing her dissertation for her PhD in TESOL with an emphasis on Social Justice in Education from the University of Kansas. She teaches Media and Culture and Culture of U.S. Higher Education at American.

English Language Training Academy instructor Faith Pirlo

Faith Pirlo

Faith Caroline Pirlo is an ESL instructor in the English Language and Training Academy at American University. She has five years of ESL teaching experience, and currently teaches Academic Discussion and Reading and Vocabulary. She holds two BAs in International Studies, Slavic and East European Studies, and Russian Studies. In 2014 she earned her MA in TESOL from West Virginia University. Faith enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures and languages, and helping her students to find their unique voices in English. Her hobbies include cooking, dancing, yoga, and cats.

English Language Training Academy instructor Jacqueline Raynolds

Jacqueline Raynolds

Jacqueline Raynolds is an English language instructor. Prior to joining ELTA, she taught English to adults in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Los Angeles, and New York. She holds an MA in TESOL from The New School, a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University in Montreal, a CELTA from the University of Cambridge, and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Communication from University of California - Irvine Extension. In addition to teaching English for academic purposes, she also specializes in teaching English for public service and business applications.

Faculty member Max Rhinehart

Max Rhinehart

Max Rhinehart is an instructor in the English Language Training Academy and International Accelerator Program. After studying Spanish and English as an undergraduate, he earned a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. He has taught English to students of diverse backgrounds in Ohio, North Carolina, and here in Washington, DC.

Faculty member Lauren Sinclair

Lauren Sinclair

Lauren Sinclair serves as faculty in SPExS and the Academic Director of the International Accelerator Program. In this capacity, she is responsible for program oversight, advising, curriculum development, faculty support, and course instruction. She received her MA in TESOL and her PhD in International Education from New York University.

English Language Training Academy faculty member Barbara Stoll

Barbara Stoll

Barbara Stoll is a native of Kansas City, but has spent ten years off and on in the Washington DC region. She earned her teaching degree from the University of Central Missouri, has an ESL certificate from Georgetown University, an Honours degree in ESL from the University of Witwatersrand, and an MA from the University of South Africa. Ms. Stoll has taught in Iraq, Qatar, and South Africa, as well as the U.S. Earlier in her career, Ms. Stoll spent 11 years with Sprint as a program manager for E-Rate, eight years with AT&T in Marketing, and four years with the U.S. Department of Education. Her favorite activities are visiting museums, attending lectures, and taking Zumba classes. Occasionally you can find her as a docent at Tudor Place in Georgetown on weekends.

Faculty member Albert VanLanduyt

Albert VanLanduyt

Albert VanLanduyt has been an instructor of English for approximately 20 years, 8 of which were spent in Korea. He holds a MA in Applied Linguistics and a BA in English Literature from George Mason University.

Spring 2018 Application Deadlines

  • International Students
    Priority Deadline: September 15

  • International Students
    Final Deadline: November 15

  • Domestic Students
    Final Deadline: January 9

Summer 2018 Application Deadlines

  • International Students
    Priority Deadline: March 9

  • International Students
    Final Deadline: April 6

  • Domestic Students
    Final Deadline: May 28