Meet Our NY Teachers
Selina Josephs knows just what it takes to learn a new language. Born and raised in Panama, Japanese was actually
Selina's first language, taught by her mother. With English spoken between her parents at home and both Spanish and
French taught at schools, there's no wonder Selina is now fluent in four different languages.
Selina graduated from SUNY at Purchase College with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She combines her love of art
with another passion in life: teaching. And because Selina has been a language learner her entire life, she
understands what works in the classroom and what doesn't.
Instead of teaching students from a workbook, Selina places a lot of importance in practical language learning,
where emphasis is placed on real life situations. She believes that learning a new language can change people, not
only in the school or work arena, but as a whole: "I feel that students end up proving something to themselves and
leave Rennert feeling that anything they set out to do is possible," she says.
What is Selina's advice for anyone learning a new language? She says making friends who don't share your native
language is a start. New vocabulary or grammar should be used in your life immediately. And, joining activities where
you can use the same language is a plus (cooking classes, art classes, wine tastings).
When Selina's not teaching at Rennert you can find her immersed in another passion: art. From painting and
making collages to organizing art shows and visiting galleries and museums - this talented artist lives and breathes