Faculty & Staff

The Very Best Teachers Is Our Policy and Our Practice

Our students can expect teachers who are both professional and experienced. All our ESL instructors are native speakers of English. Our minimum requirement for teachers is 2-3 years teaching experience, relevant baccalaureate degree, and a TESOL certificate. However, the average number of years of teaching experience is much higher and the majority of our faculty members have advanced degrees.

Adding to our qualifications, teachers and staff regularly participate in AEI's professional development program. By having continuing education as a requirement, we aim to keep both staff and instructors abreast of the latest research and practices relevant to their field.

Within the framework of AEI's curriculum and standards, instructors have liberty to creatively develop lesson plans. They are encouraged to master their discipline and incorporate the latest implement technologies and methodologies in ways that best suit the courses and students.


Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Joel Basarich, Ph.D

Education
-Ph.D, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
-D.E.A. (first year of French Doctorate, Universite de Tours, France
-M.A. With Distinction, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
-B.A. With High Honors, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Previous Professional Experience
-14 years of teaching and education experience
-Joined AEI in 2011
-Teaching Assistant; Rutgers University Lecteur; Universite de Tours

Professional
-Vice President, International Operations; LL Global, Atlanta, GA
-Vice President and Managing Director, LOMA, Atlanta, GA
-Director, International Division, LOMA, Atlanta, GA
-Director, Education Division, LOMA, Atlanta, GA

Professional Certifications/Accomplishments
-TESOL
-Fellow, Life Management Institute

Presentations
-TESOL
-ESL Strategies for Success” (2011)


Mr. Gregg E. Blade

Education

-B.A. University of South Florida: English

Previous Professional Experience
-20 years professional experience
-Joined AEI in 2004
-Taught English Skills to working professionals; Milan, Italy (2 years)
-Tutored General Electric Executives

Professional Certifications/Accomplishments
-TESOL

Presentations
-Specialized Vocabulary and Detailed. Outlines for ESL Composition” (2011)


Mr. John Correll

Education
-M.A.(Honors) Literature, Georgia State University
-B.A. English

Previous Professional Experience
-20 years professional experience
-Joined AEI in 2013
-Atlanta Technical College, 9 years
-Georgia Public High Schools, 11 years

Other
-Assoc. Editor, Institute of Paper Science and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology


Dr. Maggie Jackson, Ed.D

Education
-Ed.D Instructional Leadership – Argosy University
-M.A. Adult Education – Central Michigan University, Atlanta, GA
-B.A. Psychology – Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Previous Professional Experience
-More than 10 years of teaching and education experience
-Joined AEI in 2012
-Interactive Technology College & Learning Systems, Morrow, GA – Adjunct Professor
-Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA – Teacher Assistant
-Berlitz International Inc, Atlanta, GA – Instructor
-University of Phoenix, Alpharetta, GA – Enrollment Counselor
-Dekalb County School System, Decatur, GA – Educator
-Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA – Educator

Certifications
-TESOL

Presentation
-Promoting Student Engagement (2013)


Mr. Timothy MacDonnell

Education
-M.A. Higher Music Education, New York University
-B.A. Fine Arts/Music, Fordham University

Previous Professional Experience
-13 years teaching experience
-Joined AEI in 2009
-Georgia Perimeter College; Atlanta, GA
-Sylvan Learning Center; New Orleans and Atlanta

Professional Development
-ABC Conference for professional development, New Orleans (2007)
-Staff Development Workshops, Orleans Public Schools

Certifications
-TESOL

Presentations
-Teaching Listening Skills (2013)


Ms. Barbara J. Roberts

 Education

-M.S. Counseling/Psychology, Georgia State University, GA
-B.A. Spanish/English, St Peters College

Previous Professional Experience
-34 years professional experience
-Joined AEI in 2009
-Archdiocese of Atlanta Amnesty International
-Program Coordinator and Instructor, 1988-1991
-TOEFL Instructor-Denville College
-Parsippany Board of Education Curriculum
-Developer and Instructor for multilevel ESL, 1979-1987

Certifications
-ESL Teacher Certification, 1975
-National Board of Counseling Certification, 1991

Presentations
-"Relationship Building” (with Michele Wagner, 2011)


Ms. Kathy Ellis

 Education

-M.A. Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
-M.A. Special Education, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
-B.A. French, Morehead State University, KY
-Spanish and French Language studies, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada; Universite Catholique de l’ Ouest, Angers, France; University of Wisconsin - Madison

Previous Professional Experience
-Teaching/Instructing since 1968
-Joined AEI in 2004
-ESL Teacher, Cobb County School District, Marietta, GA
-Special Education Teacher; ESl Teacher; Spanish Teacher; Racine Unified School District, Racine, Wisconsin
-Special Education Teacher, Racine Co. Board of Handicapped Children, Union Grove, Wisconsin
-French, Latin and English Teacher, Fond du Lac Public Schools; Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
-French Teacher, LaCrosse Public Schools; LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Certifications
-ESL Certification University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 1992

Presentations
-"Relationship Building” (with Barbara Roberts, 2011)


Dr. Aris Winger, Ph.D

Education

-Ph.D. Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, PA
-M.S. Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, PA
-B.S. Mathematical Sciences, Howard University, Washington, DC

Previous Professional Experience
-6 years teaching experience
-Joined AEI in 2013
-Georgia Gwinett College
-Emory and Henry College

Awards
-ESL Certification University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 1992
-Honorable Mention for the Carnegie Mellon University Graduate -Student Teaching Award, 2002


Ms. Leyla Bozer

Education
-B.A. with Distinction in Spanish and Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Previous Professional Experience
-Three years of teaching and international student counseling experience

Accomplishments
-TESOL certificate


Ms. Christina Krauss

Education
-M.A. TEFL, Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina
-B.S. Cross-Cultural Studies, Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls, Georgia

Previous Professional Experience
-Five years of teaching experience

Other
-Teaches TESOL grammar to other instructors


Ms. Margarita Robertson

Education
-Master of Education, Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia
-B.A. Political Science, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Previous Professional Experience
-19 years of teaching experience

Professional Certificate/Accomplishments
-CELTA TEFL certificate
-Director of Animal Savers Rescue, Inc.

 


Meet Our Oversight Committee

AEI's oversight committee reviews budgets and provides feedback on major administrative plans and projects. The committee is composed of the Directors of each of AEI's major departments.

Ms. Julie Ressler

School Director

Ms. Ressler is the founder, current School Director, and PDSO (Primary Designated School Official, SEVP, USCIS) of the Atlanta English Institute (AEI). Founded in 1993, AEI is the oldest private language school in Atlanta, Georgia, accredited by both AdvancED (SACS CASI) and CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation). AEI has a reputation for providing superior English instruction to international students from all over the world. Julie has also served as instructor, Dean of Students, Admissions Officer, and Operations Director. She provides high-quality counseling and guidance to non-native English speaking students. As an administrator, she is considered to be both caring and detail oriented. In addition to her administrative work, Julie has also inspired the immigrant community to press into their best future by learning English and has also contributed to the academic advancement of the profession. For example, Julie presented her work, 'A Holistic Approach to English Grammar', at the Southeast TESOL Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in 2004. In her most recent work, she has served on the AdvancED External Review Team.

Before moving into administration, as a highly experienced English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor, she has successfully taught beginner through advanced levels of grammar with a holistic approach. Her earlier accomplishments include teaching ESL overseas and in the U.S., highlighted by three years on Atlanta Radio Korea, a daily live morning show. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Linguistics from HoNam University in S. Korea.


Ms. Barbara Roberts

Dean of Students

As Dean of Students at AEI, Barbara Roberts brings more than forty years of experience as an English as a Second Language educator, trainer and Licensed Professional Therapist (LPC). Her combined knowledge allows her to address cultural adjustment issues and ESL program management in order to best serve students.

She began her career teaching ESL in New Jersey where her professional work included ESL curriculum development and instruction for multi-level classes. She conducted programs for corporate and multi-lingual senior citizen communities. Barbara taught test preparation courses for college students taking the TOEFL test. She developed and conducted ESL teacher training programs for the Parsippany Board of Education in New Jersey. Additionally, she developed curriculum and supervised teachers for Amnesty International. Her ESL work includes private tutoring.

Barbaras work in the field of psychotherapy spans community outreach to private practice, with a focus on adult individual, couple, and family therapy. She has expertise in counseling multi-cultural clients, and group therapy. She has conducted seminars for various communities on child abuse awareness and prevention and various other topics. She has been a supervisor for therapists preparing for the licensing exam. Barbara has been a Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) and a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) since 1991.

Barbara served as Assistant Director to the Office of Family Concerns, at the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. There she recruited and managed teams of volunteers and professionals. She developed, implemented, and supervised programs for marriage preparation and enrichment. Barbara offered psycho-educational workshops, for pastors and deacons, covering a variety of mental health issues. Additionally she facilitated administration and interpretation of bi-lingual, personality assessment tools.

She received her ESL teaching certification while doing post-graduate work in linguistics and holds an MS in Counseling/Psychology.

 


Ms. Shaheena Abdul Sultan

Director of Operations

Ms. Shaheena Sultan began her administrative work at AEI in 2010. Her previous professional career provided her with the expertise to serve in the position of United States Medical License Exam (USMLE) Coordinator. Ms. Shaheena’s study in Pakistan in the field of medicine, and her experiences as health educator, clinician, clinical supervisor, and administrator bring combined knowledge and management skills to best serve AEI in the school’s Operations. Currently she is working as Director of Operations. With her vast experience at AEI Shaheena has participated in the school’s accreditation process by assisting in data collection, compilation of documents, and multiple other tasks to support the effort.

In her professional career in Pakistan she has been a member of College of Physicians and Surgeons since 2002. She is a life member of College of Family Medicine, Pakistan as well as World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) since 2005. She is certified by the American Heart Association and Federal Emergency Management Agency for Disaster Management and Community Emergency Response Teams.

Ms. Shaheena has provided not only the willingness and dedication to do whatever it takes, but also she has demonstrated support and motivation to promote maximum performance while working at AEI.


Mr. Syed Ahsan Raza

Senior Accountant

Mr. Raza has more than thirty years of “Auditing and Accounting” experience. His expertise allows him to address auditing, accounting and budgeting matters for AEI. He holds three Master’s degrees in the fields of Economics, Business Administration and History. He also has numerous other professional certificates.

He began his career as “Senior Auditor” in a Pakistan Audit Department. He served the Audit Department as Accountant, Audit Officer, and officer in charge of several Audit and Inspection teams. His expertise includes budgeting, bookkeeping, tax consultancy and auditing. He has audited a large number of government, semi-government, private and autonomous entities in Pakistan.

He is currently working as the 'Head of Accounting and Finance Department' of AEI.