Meet the TESOL Center Team
Autumn Westphal: Head of Teacher Training
Autumn is from the Berkshires in western Massachusetts and has been living and working in NY since 2005. She has a Bachelor's degree
in Theater from the University of New Hampshire and a Master's degree in TESOL from the New School. She has been working in the ESOL
field for over 10 years teaching language learners, training teachers, managing programs and developing curricula. Autumn spent a
year abroad teaching in South Korea and loves learning about other languages and cultures. Besides ESOL teaching and training,
she has also shared her expertise by presenting at the NYS TESOL Conference and the International TESOL Convention. When not
teaching English, she enjoys teaching young learners about fashion design, arts and crafts, jewelry making, set design and acting.
Chis Berry: Licensed SIT Teacher Trainer
Chris is from Tennessee and has lived in New York for over ten years. He has taught English-as-a-Second language in various settings
across the city including elementary school, high school and private classes. He has been teaching General English for over five
years and has been working as a teacher trainer since 2014. He is a graduate of the NYC Teaching Fellows program and received his
Master's in TESOL from City College. Chris also holds a BA in Anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University and a MA in
Anthropology from the University of Florida. Chris enjoys traveling with his family and picking up languages along the way.
He has had the good fortune to have lived in Madagascar for a year with his wife, Georgina, and was able to teach ESL in several
high schools in the city of Maroantsetra. During this time he enjoyed providing free, extra-curricular English classes and
sponsoring a local English-language radio program. Chris' Malagasy is just so-so. In his free time, Chris enjoys making up
songs with his daughter, Hazel, and making a mess in the kitchen.
Selina Josephs: Licensed SIT Teacher Trainer
Selina is from Panama and has been living in New York for over 10 years. She graduated from SUNY at Purchase College with a BFA
in Painting and Drawing. Selina feels like she's always been a teacher. She has been teaching languages for over 7 years and,
before that, she taught arts and crafts to children for about 5 years. She became an SIT teacher trainer in the summer of 2016
and trains teachers on the SIT TESOL Certificate course and Teaching English to Young Learners Certificate course. Ever since
she was a child, Selina has always had a love for languages. Japanese was the first language she learned as child, English was
spoken between her parents at home and she studied French and Spanish at school. Every now and again she brushes up on Japanese
or French. When Selina's not teaching at Rennert, you can find her immersed in her art, playing the ukulele, visiting museums
and galleries, or just simply enjoying this amazing city.aching at Rennert, you can find her immersed in her art, playing
the ukulele, visiting museums and galleries, or just simply enjoying this amazing
Noreen Skennion: Licensed SIT Teacher Trainer and Trainer of Trainers
Noreen is a native New Yorker and who has spent a significant amount of time teaching English as a foreign language and
training teachers abroad. She has a Bachelor's in Education and a Master's degree in TESOL. She has lived and taught
English and English Language Methodology in Slovakia, Bosnia, Iraq, Herzegovina and Serbia. She has travelled extensively
for work and pleasure to Central Asia, The Caucuses, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Haiti. Before becoming
an SIT teacher trainer, she worked as a teacher trainer and program officer for Open Society Institute's Soros Professional
English Language Teaching Program. As an SIT teacher trainer, she has conducted numerous training courses in New York and
Costa Rica and is very happy to be back training on courses in NYC. When not training or teaching, she enjoys playing
tennis, photography, hiking and playing around with recipes in the kitchen where it really is pot luck!
Ralph Herdman: Teaching Business English Teacher Trainer
Ralph has lived and worked in New York for many years, with a few years spent in the Bay area. After completing an MBA in Finance,
Ralph worked in the financial technology arena for over 15 years in different areas, including client services, product management
and sales. He was very excited to enter the TESOL field in 2010, at which time he completed his TESOL training at Rennert. Ralph
spent several years teaching English for Academic Purposes and Business English, and currently teaches in the Professional English
Program at Rennert, where he leverages the combination of his varied business expertise and passion for language teaching.
Additionally, Ralph works as a teacher trainer at Rennert, leading the Teaching Business English certificate course and driving
changes to the curriculum. While Ralph loves New York, he has enjoyed traveling to many cities around the world, and is always
open to suggestions for future adventures!