The mission of the English as a Second Language Program (ESLP) at Longwood University is to teach non-native speakers of English academic skills and strategies which will help them to be successful in their university studies, and to provide them with the knowledge and awareness of American academic and non-academic culture so that they can thrive in both environments.
Staff Biographical Information
Amisha Savalia is a graduate assistant for Keith Boswell in the ESLP at Longwood University. She has completed her undergraduate degree in English at Longwood. She was raised in the U.S. by Indian parents and has traveled to and stayed in India. She can speak three languages fluently and has taken classes in Spanish. She has experience in foreign affairs at home and in the office. Currently, she is working on gaining two Master's degrees. Her hobbies include: singing, dancing, arts and crafts, and baking.
Faculty Biographical Information
Eileen Beach has been teaching in English Language Programs since 1997 and has a Master's Degree In TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from American University. She has taught in public and private schools as well as remedial and literacy programs. Eileen has a business background in International Affairs and has set up and expanded companies and public service organizations. She helped to develop a successful Corporate ESL program at a Virginia community college and piloted a Business ESL course at the university level. Her professional interests include exploring methods of overcoming learning disabilities in ESL students; out of the classroom, she participates in herbal-healing seminars and animal husbandry clinics.
Janelle Hertzler was raised in Alberta, Canada. She spent 8 years teaching English in Universities and local language schools in Thailand. She has a BS in Ministries and a MA in Intercultural Studies/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She also has a MA in Conflict Transformation with an emphasis in Trauma Healing. She leads workshops and retreats on dealing with grief and trauma. She is the author of Seasons of Solace: A Story of Healing through Photos and Poems. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and photography.
Paul Phillips has been teaching English to foreign nationals since 2002. He began teaching in adult education ESL programs. Paul earned his MAED in 2008 with an emphasis on ESL education. In the Fall of 2008, he accepted a teaching position with another Virginia university's English language program. Prior to teaching, Paul enjoyed a successful vocal and theatrical career performing in the venues throughout the northeast and southeast. He holds a BA in Music from Berry College in Rome, GA. Aside from teaching; Paul's interests include early to mid-20th century American literature, mid-20th century art, and socializing with friends.
Pepper Boyer grew up in Maine. As a youth, she spent time living in France. While there, she obtained certificates in equestrian arts, flute and solfeggio. She has a B.A. in Communication, a MS Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and two writing certificates. In 2008, she began teaching ESL at the Adult Learning Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to teaching, Pepper worked in the legal environment as a legal secretary and paralegal. Her hobbies include: crocheting, reading, learning to play the piano, spending time with her husband, and savoring Baci chocolates.
Melissa Small has over a decade of experience combining language learning, communications, teaching, and higher education. She has a BA in Communications, a MBA and a MA in Education from Liberty University and is currently completing her Ed.D. Her teaching experience began in 1999 when she taught Spanish for K-12 graders and proceeded to teaching Spanish classes for English speaking adults in her community. She has also taught Business Communications classes at the higher education level. Through her foreign language education endeavors, Melissa also worked in her community and in other countries to teach English as a Second Language to adult learners. As a Spanish translator, she has traveled to Honduras and Guatemala on 4 different occasions.