Karin Sandler, Director
Karin Sandler serves as the director of the Intensive English Program where she leads the IEP team in its mission to provide high-quality English language instruction to non-native English speakers seeking academic preparation, professional development, or personal enrichment. She is responsible for the direction and operation of the IEP and works closely with the Admissions department to ensure that students have a successful transition into their academic programs upon completion of the IEP.
Ms. Sandler received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Masters of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education both from Georgetown University. In her previous position, she was the associate director of the English Language Institute at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia where she managed the day-to-day operations of the Intensive English Program (IEP) in addition to teaching in the program. She has taught all academic skill areas and proficiency levels to students from all over the world. She also had the opportunity to live and work in Japan first as an assistant language teacher in the Japan Exchange Teaching Program and then as the academic coordinator for a new IEP created by Georgetown University in partnership with Osaka International University. She enjoys travelling, learning languages, and trying new foods.
Cate Madden, Assoicate Director
Cate Madden serves the Intensive English Program as the associate director and is a proud member of the NC State Wolfpack. She has worked in the field of ESL as a teacher and program administrator for more than 25 years. Ms. Madden holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and culture from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in education (TESOL) from Boston University. Before moving to North Carolina, Ms. Madden worked with the English & Certificates Program for Internationals at the University of California-Irvine as the director of academic affairs. Once in North Carolina, Ms. Madden held the position of ESL coordinator for the Durham Public Schools and later served as an ESL program coordinator for Wake Tech’s Basic Skills Program. In the classroom, she has had the privilege of teaching all aspects of English language learning to all types of language learners from bilingual elementary children and university bound students to Business English for executives. One of her most interesting experiences was being selected to tutor the Chinese actor, Jet Li. Mrs. Madden works with TESOL as a reviewer for TESOLS proposals and recently selected as a finalist for the NC State 2012 Award for Excellence.
Katy Bishop, Program Coordinator
Katy Bishop, program coordinator for the Intensive English Program, grew up in Austin, TX and moved to North Carolina in 1996. She completed her bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University in 2005. She then lived in Santander, Spain for several years and worked as an English teacher for the Ministry of Education. She returned to NC State to pursue her master’s degree in international studies, with a specialization in higher education administration. Katy worked as the IEP graduate assistant during these years until she completed her master’s in 2012 and became the program coordinator. As a long-time supporter of the Wolfpack, Katy loves NC State and enjoys sharing what Raleigh has to offer the IEP students. She always has a good restaurant recommendation if you need one!
Jennifer Brown, Student Adviser/Tutoring Coordinator
Jennifer Brown is the program assistant/tutor for the Intensive English Program. She was raised in Lynchburg, Virginia and moved to Raleigh, NC in 1996 to pursue her bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University. In 2004, Jennifer moved to Spain and earned an advanced Spanish as a Second Language bilingual diploma from the University of Salamanca. She worked as a translator/interpreter in Santander, Spain for various international companies as well as the Cantabrian court system. In 2005, after becoming TESOL/TEFL certified, Jennifer began her exciting and diverse teaching career. During her six years in Spain, she taught and/or tutored world-renowned research physicians, business executives and professional athletes, as well as various members of the Ballet Nacional de Madrid.
Yazmeen Irving, Office Manager