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From left to right: Natasha Young, Domicella Balice, Anita Williams, Cheryl DeFrain, Karen Lau

Karen Lau,
Full Time ESL Program Specialist

Karen Lau earned a bachelor’s degree in education, from College Misericordia in 1994 and received certification as a Program Specialist, English as a Second Language from Kings College  in 2003.  She taught ESL until 2006, when she began working at the Intensive English Program at Wilkes University. She will earn her Masters in TESOL degree from Wilkes University this fall.  In addition to her other classes, she teaches TOEFL test preparation courses to intermediate and advanced level students in the IEP. Mrs. Lau has worked as a Hebrew language aide, a bi-lingual registrar for a school in California, and currently serves as a sign language interpreter for church services. She loves working with international students and particularly enjoys the environment of understanding and respect that is created in the IEP through the open sharing of ideas and culture that takes place both in and out of the classroom.

Contact Karen at karen.lau@wilkes.edu

Cheryl DeFrain, Instructor

Cheryl DeFrain has been teaching in the Wilkes IEP since August, 2007.  She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and an ESL Teaching Specialist certificate from the state of Pennsylvania.  Ms. DeFrain particularly enjoys the challenge of helping beginning level students to develop their English language skills as well as to adapt to the many cultural changes they experience in their new environment.

Contact Cheryl at cheryl.defrain@wilkes.edu

Anita Williams, Instructor

Anita Williams resides in Forty Fort, PA and has been working in the Wilkes IEP since the summer of 2007. She received her BA degree in Education from Wilkes University, her MA in Education/Reading from King's College, and her ESL certification from King's College.  Prior to her present position at Wilkes University, she taught in a local school district, including the position as a Reading Specialist.

Contact Nita at anita.williams@wilkes.edu

Natasha Young, Instructor

Natasha Young has been working at the Wilkes Intensive English Program since the fall of 2006. Prior to joining the program at Wilkes, she taught English to corporate and government employees in Tallinn, Estonia. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Ursinus College  in 1998 and received the Cambridge University CELTA certification in 2005 in Budapest, Hungary. Also in 2005, she received the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Further Certificate for Teachers of Business English. Locally, she has been involved with adult learners in LCCC’s ALTA program and worked with young learners two summers in a row at CSIU’s Northeast Migrant Education Summer Program held at Penn State Hazleton. In addition to working in Estonia, she has lived in Sendai, Japan, teaching English on the JET Programme, and in Antwerp, Belgium, working in the export and sales department of a manufacturing company called Total Containment, Inc. She has a passion for travel and thoroughly enjoys her job and the opportunity it brings to meet and interact with a diverse and ever-changing group of students. She is currently enrolled in the MS TESOL degree program at Wilkes University.

Contact Natasha at natasha.young@wilkes.edu

Domicella Balice, Instructor

Domicella Balice earned a bachelor degree in education from Shippensburg University in 1971, a Masters Equivalency in education from the Department of Education in 1975, and a Program Specialist certification in English as a Second Language from Misericordia University in 2004. She received extensive writing training through the Pennsylvania Department of Education Writing Project from 1984 to 1986, and became a state writing consultant for the department of education in 1985.
Mrs. Balice has worked in the education field for forty years and her experience includes teaching in both public and private schools. She also has extensive experience in developing writing curriculum. She taught ESL at a high school level and to special needs students. In 2006, she accepted a position at Wilkes University in the Intensive English Program where she created a multi-level academic writing program which focuses on the individual needs of her international students.

Contact Domicella at domicella.balice@wilkes.edu

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