Sally Jones, Director of Intensive English
Mrs. Sally Jones earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Sciences
and Disorders at Wichita State University. She worked in Speech and Hearing Therapy
for a few years and then joined Wichita State University’s Intensive English Language
Center in January, 1981. Prior to becoming the Director of the program in June, 2005,
Mrs. Jones was an ESL Specialist (instructor), a SPEAK Test evaluator, and the SPEAK
Test Coordinator from 1999 to August 2013. Over the many years she has been with the
Intensive English program, she has counted it a privilege to meet students from all
over the world and to learn about their cultures, customs, and traditional foods.
She says that her life has been enriched by the diverse student populations she has
been able to meet while working at Intensive English.
Sherry Ashworth, ESL Specialist
Ms. Sherry Ashworth has taught at the Intensive English Language Center since 1981.
She completed her academic studies at Wichita State University and received both a
bachelor's and master's degree in education. Mrs. Ashworth enjoys teaching international
students and feels as if she has traveled the world after hearing their stories. Mrs.
Ashworth believes that we may all learn from each other by sharing each other's stories.
Andy Bowman, Lab Coordinator
Andy Bowman has been IELC’s Learning Laboratory Coordinator since 1996. Originally
an ESOL instructor in Paraguay, Mr. Bowman began developing language-learning software
in the early nineties and eventually returned to Wichita where he was born and raised.
A graduate of the University of Kansas, Mr. Bowman also has Master’s Degree from Rutgers
University. Having lived abroad he knows the challenges international students face
when starting a new life while trying to learning a new language.
Nancy Millham, Academic Lecturer
Ms. Nancy Millham has a BA in German from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters in
International Marketing from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and
a graduate TESOL certificate from WSU. She has worked in the International Division
at Beech Aircraft Corporation, at Kansas public schools in Wichita, Andover and Towanda,
and has taught at Butler Community College. Ms. Millham joined the Intensive English
Language Center (IELC) staff in 2012 to use her love of language learning to help
WSU’s international students grow in their understanding and use of the English language
through the interconnection of cultures and the daily exchange of ideas. She strives
to provide excellent English language applications so that the students will be well
prepared for their future academic and career choices.
Aimee Leisy, ESL Specialist & SPEAK® Test Coordinator
Ms. Aimee Leisy completed her academic studies at Bethel College in North Newton,
Kansas, and then went on to earn a master’s degree in education from the University
of Indiana. She has taught at the Intensive English Language Center since 2008. In
addition to teaching, she became SPEAK Test Coordinator in 2013. Her other teaching
experience includes teaching English to middle school students, teaching community
English to adults, as well as teaching English as a Foreign language at Instituto
Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, a well-known Mexican University.
|Barbara Mazza Silhan, ESL Specialist
Mrs. Barbara Mazza Silhan has been teaching at the Intensive English Language Center
since 1983. Mrs. Silhan studied at Oklahoma State University for six years where she
received a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in teaching English as a Second
Language. Mrs. Silhan really enjoys her job because of her love of being in the classroom
and working with the students. She has always been fascinated with other countries
and their cultures, and believes that she learns as much from the students as they
learn from her.
Marsha Webb, ESL Specialist
Twenty-six years of teaching in a variety of settings (middle school, high school,
community college, and 29 years at the Intensive English Language Center) has Mrs.
Marsha Webb smiling about how lucky she is. Her love of teaching English combines
an avid interest in reading, discussion, world cultures, and young people. Also, with
five children of her own she is at home with university-age students and tends to
"mother" them as well. Her educational background includes an Associate of Arts degree,
a BSE from Emporia State University, and a recent TESOL Teaching Certificate. With
a striving for natural communication, varying methods of teaching, and a focus on
informality, learning in her classroom is intentionally fun!
Rima Haidar-Duncan, Instructor
Rima Haidar-Duncan grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and travelled extensively in Europe.
She went to American Evangelical school for girls (A.E.S.G) which was called later
B.E.S.G. Rima is polylingual and lived in the Greek cypress for a period of time during
the devastating war in Lebanon. At that time she travelled to Europe specifically
Germany and France, then she came back to Lebanon to finish her Bachelor’s degree
in Beirut specializing in teaching English Literature and languages. In 1985, She
left to the United States to pursue her higher Education and received her Master’s
in Public Relations with special attention to corporate management from Boston University.
She worked for several years as a freelance researcher for Kuwait University under
the supervision of Dr. Behbehani. She has worked for several years as an archivist
in Assafir, a prominent Newspaper in Beirut. Rima has taught at Butler County Community
College for almost 19 years. She loves to cook Mediteranean food.
Pam Jerome, Instructor
Ms. Pam Jerome graduated from Wayne State University in her home state of Michigan.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Education, a minor in
International Studies, and a Masters degree in TESOL. Ms. Jerome spent years in Brazil
at Escola Graduada de Sao Paulo international school and 2 years at Colegio Maya International
School until moving to Kansas to teach at the elementary level. She has traveled extensively
throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Creating a risk free environment
for her students to thrive is the goal of teaching at IELC- Diversification, communications,