Rogers Walker is passionate about using creativity and collaborative problem solving to help students reach their academic and life goals. He is dedicated to learning about students’ individual perspectives, including their learning preferences, cultures and interests. He focuses on educating the “whole student” by listening deeply to students’ perspectives and using this feedback to fuel success for all students.
Jennifer Hickey has taught at the Institute since 2010. She has taught courses ranging from academic preparation to courses for beginners in all skills. Jennifer also has five years experience of tutoring writing for graduate students in fields such as nuclear nonproliferation, public policy and language education.
Julie Krolak holds a M.A. in TESOL from the Institute. Before coming to the Institute, she taught in China, South Korea, and at various universities and language schools in the U.S. She also started and managed her own language schools in the People's Republic of China. Her educational focuses are in the fields of language assessment, pragmatics, and the teaching of reading and vocabulary. When she is not in the classroom, she spends her time doing yoga, hiking, reading, cooking, and traveling.
Adrienne is an alumna of Georgia State University holding a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics as well as an M.Ed in Reading and ESOL. Her previous experience includes teaching in the Intensive English Programs at both Georgia State University and Iowa State University. At the latter, she worked on a large-scale assessment project and developed an interest in item writing for language tests. Adrienne currently teaches classes in all skill areas, but has a particular interest in teaching writing.
Assessment, Teaching of Writing, Online Course Development
Lisa Leopold has taught at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Illinois Central College, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Joliet Junior College, and at El Centro de la Niña Trabajadora in Quito, Ecuador. Her teaching experience includes instructing university undergraduate and graduate students, community college students, refugees, and children. She has also researched and produced a proposal for an intensive English as a Second Language curriculum for a community college.
English for academic purposes
MA, TESOL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; BA, Spanish and Psychology, St. Olaf College
"Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world." – Paulo Friere, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us.” –Don Delillo, American novelist
Advanced Research Writing, Editing Writing, English conversation skills, grammar, rhetoric and composition skills
MATESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies
BFA Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Boston