Intensive English Language Institute

  • Meet the Staff

    As members of the Intensive English Language Institute staff, we are dedicated to offering students the opportunity to attain English language fluency and U.S cultural competencies to succeed in college or university studies, advance professionally, and reach personal goals. 

    Leah Guzman
    Program Coordinator, Community ESL
    Leah holds two bachelor's degrees, one in English and another in psychology. She earned a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Worcester State University. Having worked as a paralegal with refugees and immigrants, she also spent years as an ESL instructor and is now the coordinator for IELI. She enjoys meeting students from all over the world and hopes to one day travel to many of the countries whose citizens she has met.

    Cathy Goodwin
    Staff Assistant/ESL Instructor
    Cathy Goodwin has taught ESL for over 20 years in the United States and internationally. Cathy has a B.A. in Romance Languages from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training. At IELI she has taught Reading/Writing, Listening/Speaking, Grammar, and iBT TOEFL Preparation.

    Sandra Medina-Vázquez
    Sandra completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a concentration in women's studies, and in Spanish from Worcester State University. She is welcoming and generous. Sandra has lived in the Worcester community for many years and is a wealth of information.


  • Jay Busse
    Jay has taught ESL class for over 15 years in the United States and abroad. Jay has extensive experience teaching all levels of written communications and he especially loves to teach grammar. He is adept at providing academic strategies to ensure that students succeed in their transition to university studies. Jay earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Northeastern University and his Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Rhode Island College.
    Chris Derr
    Chris Derr has taught ESL for over 12 years. Chris has a B.A. from Seattle University and has completed graduate coursework in education, business, psychology, and international studies at Notre Dame University and Clark University. At IELI, she has taught Reading/Writing, Speaking/Listening, Pronunciation, Grammar, and iBT TOEFL Preparation.
    Lois Ingles
    Lois has taught ESL since 1999. She has taught in China as well as in the United States at the university level. Lois has taught all levels and skills of ESL. In addition she has taught English for freshmen at the University level. Lois enjoys and has organized and led many extracurricular activities. She had conducted a drama club as well as hosting a “weekly library night”. Lois graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education from Bridgewater State University and with her Master of Education from Lee University.
    Sandy Kane
    Sandy has been involved in the field of education for over 25 years. The majority of her teaching was in Kenya and South Africa, but she has also taught in Peru and in the United States. She has taught students from pre-kindergarten through university level as well as professionals. Sandy coordinated and taught academic literacies courses at the University of Johannesburg. She also directed the university Writing Center at the same institution. Sandy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education – English and her Masters of Arts in Teaching. She also has a degree as a Second Language Specialist and her CELTA Certification.
    Kathleen Legg
    Kathleen Legg has over 20 years of teaching experience with a broad range of ages and skill levels. She is a cum laude graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in psychology. She has done graduate work in speech and language, education, and reading. Kathy has a Massachusetts DESE certified license and an additional certificate in Orton Gillingham Reading. At IELI, she teaches Listening and Speaking, Grammar, Integrated Skills, and Reading and Writing. Kathy is a folk musician, story teller, and private tutor in reading.
    Agnieszka Wlazlak-Portev
    Agnieszka has a M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching/Applied Linguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She has been teaching ESL for 20 years in Poland and the US. She has a K-12 ESL license and has been teaching in Hopedale Public Schools. Additionally, she has been working as a freelance interpreter and translator. She is fluent in Polish, English, and Bulgarian. Agnieszka enjoys spending time with her family, reading, listening to music, and traveling.