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Meet the TESOL Center Team

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 city.

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!

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