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Intensive English Program
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Ann Kirsh

Degrees held:
J.D., Queen’s University School of Law
B.A. Political Science and History (Honours), University of Toronto

Ann Kirsh is an attorney who worked at IBM as a contracts negotiator. She decided to change careers and after obtaining her certification to teach ESL from Duke University in 2009, she began teaching ESL at Alamance and Nash Community Colleges. She received the Continuing Education Instructor of the Year Award from Alamance Community College in 2012. Ms. Kirsh has been teaching Writing, Reading, Listening and Note Taking in the IEP since the program’s expansion in the fall of 2012. Ms. Kirsh is an avid reader and fan of the arts. She enjoys attending live music and theatre, cycling, hiking, baking, and traveling all over the world.
Nan Clarke

Nan Clarke

Degrees held:
M.A. TESOL, School for International Training
B.A. in English, California State University

Nan Clarke brings more than thirty years of teaching experience to the NCSU IEP. She began her teaching career in Ghana, West Africa, and Valencia, Spain, where she taught EFL to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as adults in a variety of professions. She has also taught English language arts to middle and high school students in the United States and worked as the program developer and lead instructor in an Adult Education Program in upstate New York for almost a decade. Prior to working in the IEP, Ms. Clarke was based in Shanghai, China, where she was the director of an academic English program that served students in five major Chinese cities. She has also worked for nearly 20 years as a contributing writing and editor for publishers who specialize in developing academic materials for language learners world wide. Ms. Clarke has an M. A. in TESOL from The School for International Training and a B. A. in English from California State University at Long Beach. She is certified as a public school teacher in both North Carolina and New York in English, grades 7 through 12, and ESL grades K through 12. She is an avid reader, movie enthusiast, and artist and enjoys spending time with family and friends, preferably at one of North Carolina’s beautiful beaches.
Billy H222

Billy Haselton

Degrees Held:
M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), University of Alabama
B.A. in English, Tennessee Temple University

Billy has taught at the IEP for the past four years. He currently serves as the Lead Instructor for Conversation and Presentation Skills. He has taught in many different types of ESL programs, including community colleges, elementary schools, universities, and language institutes. In addition to teaching English language learners, he has taught teacher training courses and led workshops for prospective ESL teachers. Billy and his family lived in Taipei, Taiwan, for nine years, where he served at Overseas Radio & Television as a writer and editor and an English teacher on radio and TV programs. His academic interests include second language acquisition, methods of teaching ESL, pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral cultures. He plays trumpet and piano and loves learning languages. He celebrates the linguistic diversity represented by the students at the IEP. His advice to students is to be disciplined, be honest with themselves, and never give up.

Karen Jetton

Degrees held:
Certification in adult ESL, Wake Technical Community College
M.B.A., Texas A&M University in College Station
B.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University in College Station

Ms. Jetton has been teaching at the NC State University Intensive English Program (IEP) since 2013 and currently holds the position of lead reading instructor. She taught English as a Second Language to adults for five years at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. In addition, she has mentored student teachers who were earning their ESL teaching certification; tutored adults and children in English; volunteered for the Triangle Literacy Council; and taught business classes for the Tarrant County Community College in Dallas, TX.
Olga Uzun

Olga Uzun

Degrees Held:
B.A. Ed. TESOL, Russian, World Literature
M.A. Ed. (Hons) TESOL, World Literature

A passionate educator with 15+ years of experience teaching international students, Mrs.Uzun joined the IEP in 2012. A Lead Instructor for Listening and Note-Taking for Academic Lectures, Mrs. Uzun has taught all courses across the curriculum. Mrs. Uzun has also worked as a Duke University TIP Academic Coordinator, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer, and a community college ESL Blog Lead Facilitator. She has a rich cultural background that includes spending the earlier years of her life in Russia, Mongolia, Scotland, and Ukraine before settling in the US in 1998. Mrs. Uzun is currently pursuing a PhD in Education, and loves spending her free time with family and friends. An avid reader and traveler, Mrs. Uzun is interested in the arts, photography, design, psychology, and original thoughts and ideas in all forms.

Anita Ghajar Selim

Degrees held:
M.A. TESL/TEFL, Azad Science and Research University
B.A. French Language and Translation, Allameh Tabataba'ee University

Ms. Anita J. Ghajar-Selim has a bachelor’s degree in French language and a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language. She has taught English for more than 21 years in 4 different countries to more than 30 nations. She moved back to Raleigh, North Carolina after 12 years of travelling and teaching abroad. She passionately worked as a faculty, teacher trainer, IELTS official examiner, and the head of the Writing Lab at Qatar University in the past few years. She started at the IEP by teaching writing and has fallen in love with the program since. She speaks Persian, English, some French, and some Arabic, and can sign a bit in ASL. Her hobbies are travelling, learning different languages, reading, creating ESL materials, meeting people from all over the world, and experimenting with different recipes.

Minerva Matos-Garner

Degrees held:
M.A. TESOL, University of Maryland
B.A. in Liberal Arts, College of Notre Dame of Maryland

Minerva Matos-Garner brings fifteen years of teaching experience to the NCSU IEP. She began her teaching career in Baltimore, Maryland, where she taught Spanish to elementary and middle school students in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and ESL to young adults at Woodstock Job Corps Center. After relocating to the Midwest, Mrs. Matos-Garner taught Spanish to middle school students in the Cleveland Heights University Heights City Schools, and ESL to adults in both the Cleveland Heights University Heights and Westlake City Schools. Until recently, Mrs. Matos-Garner taught ESL to adults at Wake Technical Community College. She began teaching at the NCSU IEP in 2015. Mrs. Minerva Matos-Garner has an M.A. in TESOL from The University of Maryland Baltimore County. As an undergraduate, she attended The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. Mrs. Matos-Garner is a certified public school teacher in both North Carolina and Ohio; she is licensed to teach Spanish and ESL, grades Kindergarten through grade 12 in both states. When she is not at the NCSU IEP, Mrs. Matos-Garner can be found spending time with her family.

Tim Ward

Degrees held:
Master of TESOL, University of Melbourne
Cambridge CELTA, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
B.A. in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tim Ward has over fifteen years of experience teaching English as a Second Language in academic and business settings. A native of Raleigh, NC, he began his career teaching Business English in Dusseldorf, Germany. He has since lived and worked in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Tim has taught ESL at several universities around the world, including DePaul University in Chicago, National Central University in Jhong-li, Taiwan, and the Higher Colleges of Technology in Sharjah, UAE. Outside of the classroom, Tim is an avid traveler and musician. He has visited 40 countries and played the bass and sung in groups in Australia and Dubai. He is exited to finally be "home" in Raleigh at The Intensive English Program at NC State.

Mary Finn

Degrees held:
M.S. Environmental Policy, University of California, Davis
MBA, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ms. Finn worked in the fields of engineering and the environment before she began teaching ESL in Ecuador almost 20 years ago, as part of a community conservation and environmental education program. This experience inspired her to switch careers permanently to ESL upon her return to the US. She taught both community- and academic-level ESL for several years in the Chicago area before moving to North Carolina, where she has taught at Wake Tech Community College and now with NC State’s IEP program. She really likes meeting and getting to know students from different cultures, and when she’s not teaching, she enjoys music, movies, literature, and traveling – especially exploring the many beautiful natural areas in and around Raleigh.

Gwen Barclay Toy

Degrees held:

MEd Adult Education, North Carolina State University
M.A. Linguistics-TESL, Ball State University
B.A. in Spanish and English, Susquehanna University

Ms Gwen Barclay-Toy is a New Jersey native who moved to Raleigh in 1985. She has taught in a variety of settings, including intensive English programs at NCSU, Duke University, the University of Arizona, and the University of California-Irvine. She was director of EFL at Durham Technical Community College before retiring and has taught a range of courses from grammar to pronunciation to TOEFL Preparation. She enjoys reading, walking, creating yard art, and following college sports.