Instructors

All the teaching staff of Dalhousie’s ESL programs hold graduate degrees and have a minimum of 10 years’ teaching experience. They have taught at universities and institutes across Canada and in dozens of countries around the world.

Packer, David

Director, ESL Programs

  • M.Ed Curriculum Design (Queen’s University)
  • B.Ed Drama & Geography and TESL Additional Qualifications (Queen’s University)
  • Honours B.A. Geography (University of Western Ontario)

MacDonald, Jennifer


Head Teacher, ESL Programs

  • Ed.D. in Education (Candidate) (UCL Institute of Education, UK)
  • M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Institute of Education, University of London, UK)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Public Relations (Concordia University)
  • B.A. Linguistics and Music (McGill University)
Agravat, Mayur
  • Ph.D in English Language Teaching (AMET University, India)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching English (English as a Foreign Language University, India)
  • M.Phil International Diaspora Literature (Gujarat University, India)
  • M.A. English Literature (Gujarat University, India)
  • B.Ed Teaching English as a Second Language (Saurashtra University, India)
  • B.A. English Literature (Saurashtra University, India)

Blenkhorn, Sarah Jane

  • M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (University of Birmingham)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (International Language Institute)
  • B.A. Theatre Studies -English/Drama (Acadia University)

Burgoyne, Natalie

  • M.Ed. Curriculum Studies - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (International Language Institute)
  • B.A. Psychology and Social Anthropology (Dalhousie University)
Downing, Darren
  • Ed.D in Education - Educational Research (University of Calgary)
  • M.A. TESOL/Linguistics (California State University of Fresno, USA)
  • B.A. English (California State University of Fresno, USA)
Franz, Tracy
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing and Fiction (Eastern Washington University, USA)
  • Certificate in E-Learning Instructional Design (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (International Language Institute)
  • B.A. English-Writing (Eastern Oregon University, USA)

Herrera, Laura

  • M.Ed. Education (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico)
  • Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico)
  • Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (Ministry of Education of Mexico)
  • Bachelor's of Accounting and Finance (Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico)
Kawashima, Hideyo
  • M.A. Culture and Communication Studies (Nihon University, Japan)
  • B.A. Business Administration (University of Winnipeg)

Kelly, Chris

  • M.Ed. Adult Learning and Global Change (University of British Columbia)
  • B.Ed. Social Studies (University of British Columbia)
  • B.A. History (Simon Fraser University)
  • Diploma in Education - English as a Second Language (University of British Columbia)

King, Andrea

  • M.Ed. Curriculum Studies/Teaching English as a Second Language (Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (International Language Institute)
  • B.A. English Literature and Celtic Studies (Saint Francis Xavier University)

Maier, Anna

  • M.Ed Teaching English as a Second Language (Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • B.A. International Development and Social Anthropology (Dalhousie University)

Mitchell, Kris

  • M.A.A.L Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (University of New England, Australia)
  • B.Sc Biology and Chemistry (Acadia University)

Mushtaq, Ayesha

  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership (Candidate) (Western, University)
  • M.A. English Literature and Linguistics (National University of Modern Languages, Pakistan)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (International Language Institute)
  • B.A. English Literature and Psychology (Federal Government College for Women, Pakistan)

Nawaz Awan, Shazia

  • Ed.D in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (Duabi Women's College, UAE)
  • Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (London Teachers' Training College, UK)
  • M.A. English Language and Literature (Islamia University, Pakistan)
  • M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (University of Manchester, UK)
  • B.Ed Teaching English as a Second Language (Allama Iqbal Open Univeristy, Pakistan)
  • B.A. English and Sociology (Punjab University, Pakistan)

Purcell, Kate

  • M.A. Applied Linguistics (University of New England, Australia)
  • B.A. Philosophy (Dalhousie University)
Rockwell, Charlene
  • M.Ed. Curriculum Studies - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • B.F.A. Theatre Performance (Concordia University)

Rusinak, Tony

  • M.Ed Educational Technology (Candidate) (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (CLIC International House Sevilla, Spain)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (International Language Institute)
  • B.A. Philosophy and English Literature (Saint Mary’s University)
  • Honours Certificate in Immigration Consultancy (Humber College)
  • Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council)

Russo, Gerry

  • Ph.D. Applied Linguistics in Italian Studies (University of Toronto)
  • M.A. Italian Language and Literature (Middlebury College, USA)
  • B.A  Cum Laude English (Dartmouth College, USA)

Taylor, Melissa

  • M.A. Education (Mount Allison University)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (International Language Institute)
  • B.A. Psychology (Mount Allison University)
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test Assessor

Worthington, Sam

  • M.F.A Writing (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (International Language Institute)
  • Honours B. Journalism (University of King's College)