TESOL Faculty

Beverley Burkett Chair and Academic Advisor: TESOL • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA Honours, Rhodes University
  • BA, University of Port Elizabeth

Beverley Burkett has been a language teacher educator for more than 25 years. She was head of the Language in Education Unit at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from 1985-2007. She engaged in research, teaching, and curriculum development, with a particular focus on the role of language in learning in multilingual contexts.  She is co-author of an ESL textbook series, Keys to English, and was team leader of a research project investigating the impact of additive bilingual (English–isiXhosa) curriculum delivery in a rural school in South Africa. She has presented academic papers at conferences in the UK, the US, Canada, Finland, Germany, Uganda, Botswana, Hong Kong, South Korea and has been an invited speaker at KOTESOL and southern African conferences. She has worked on language in education projects in Algeria and South Africa. 

Beverley was an active member of a community-based organization that worked for peace and justice in South Africa. When not teaching, she enjoys yoga and has an avid interest in design.

Caleb Clark Chair and Academic Advisor: Educational Technology MAT • Educational Technology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teaching for Social Justice (k-12), Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

  • Contact: cclark@gradschool.marlboro.edu | 802-258-9207
  • Personal Portfolio
  • Classes: 
    Graduate courses in EdTech program: Web Design and Media Production, Instructional Design, Technology for Teachers
    Undergraduate: You Online: Manage your online presence and create a public portfolio, resume and bio.   

Caleb is the director of the EdTech master's program, where he also teaches and coordinates academic technology support. He has been a Web geek since 1994 and an educational technologist since 1999. Caleb's interests include: eportfolios, online media production for teachers, physical computing, citizen journalism, and humanizing technology.  Caleb's passion for Internet technology and media began when he joined the dot com revolution in San Francisco in the mid-1990s. He went on to work in educational technology in corportate (Netscape, Maxis), K-12 (High Tech High) and higher education (SDSU, NYU, Antioch) organizations before settling down at Marlboro College in 2008. Caleb regularly presents at conferences and publishes. 

Caleb's work also encompasses academic technology support for Marlboro's graduate school faculty, as well as technology integration consulting work for Putney Central Middle School. He is  the higher education representative on the board of VITA-Learn, the ISTE affiliate in Vermont. 

Caleb has an Master of Professional Studies from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts is from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Lauren Alderfer • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Ph. D. Global Educational Leadership, Union Institute and University
  • M.A.T. School For International Training
  • B.I.S. School For International Training
  • Website

Dr. Lauren Alderfer is an EAL (English as-an-Additional Language) specialist whose professional experience has spanned the globe. As an educator for over 30 years, she has worked at all levels—from graduate studies at SIT Graduate Institute in the USA, down to Grade One in US-based overseas schools. As an education consultant Lauren trains teachers in overseas schools and develops benchmarks in EAL writing and EAL program design and assessment in international school settings.

After living in India for over a decade, Lauren now divides her time between India and the Americas. Her ability to blend a Western perspective with the deep spirituality of the East invites educators to cultivate their inner lives in the daily act of teaching while developing mindfulness and compassion. She has written books on mindfulness both for teachers and children. In addition, her collaboration with the Tibetan refugee community in India has resulted in several children’s books. These books aim to preserve Tibetan oral genre while communicating Tibet’s cultural values of compassion and mindfulness.

Marti Anderson • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • PhD California Institute of Integral Studies
  • MAT School for International Training

Marti Anderson is a teacher educator based in Bangkok, Thailand.  She has taught teachers at the graduate level for more than 20 years. She conducts a range of teacher training and professional development activities for teachers in South-East Asia and beyond.  During her career, Marti has provided professional development and training for teachers in dozens of countries on 6 continents.  Marti's doctoral studies focused on learning and change in human systems with special attention to how education can be transformational to both individuals and the groups they are part of.  Marti is passionate about supporting teachers to do their best work no matter what context they work within.  A prevailing interest is exploring what goes on "inside and between" people in education (Stevick 1980), and steadily moving towards a greater understanding of an inner and outer pedagogy of peace.

Ray Clark • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MA Brown University (Linguistics)
  • BA  University of New Hampshire (English)

Ray Clark has been involved in education since 1962 as a high school English teacher, Peace Corps Volunteer teacher trainer in Nigeria, teacher of English as a Second Language at the School for International Training. He also taught ESL for USAID in Islamabad, Pakistan, and for CitiBank in Istanbul, Turkey.

Also at the School for International Training he has held a variety of assignments. He was on the Peace Corps Training staff at SIT as language coordinator, TESOL instructor, and project director for training programs for Iran, India, Korea, and West Africa. He was the director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program as well as a faculty member teaching  a variety of courses, including Approaches, Four Skills, and Applied English Linguistics. He also supervised MAT candidates in every New England state and developed and/or managed ESL projects in New England, Louisiana, and Somalia. He directed a two-year project for the Peace Corps to develop materials for uncommonly taught languages.

Currently he is adjunct faculty at SIT, supervising student teachers and teaching introductory Turkish, and adjunct faculty at Southern New Hampshire University where he teaches for the University of Hanoi MA EFL Program. Since 1980, he and four partners have developed Pro Lingua Associates, a publishing company specializing in ESL materials. He is vice-president and senior editor, and has written several textbooks.

Sean Conley • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • EdD Columbia University (candidate)
  • MAT TESOL School for International Training
  • BA Warner Pacific College
  • TESOL Cert. Warner Pacific College

Sean is associate dean for Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, Vermont. For the last decade his focus has been on the intersection of technology and adult learning, examining the challenge of the digital divide, technology in the developing world, the open source software movement and the role of experiential learning and reflection in on-line and blended programs. He has served on the faculties of The New School, The School for International Training, and Tokyo Jogakkan College. His work in TESOL has taken him to Algeria, Japan, Korea, Serbia, Ukraine, Kyrgystan, the Republic of Georgia, and the UAE. He has consulted on projects for the U.S. Department of State, The Soros Foundation, and World Learning. He’s been an invited speaker at IATEFL Serbia, IATEFL Hungary, TESOL Arabia, Korea TESOL, and the Japan Associate of Language Teachers conference.

Steve Cornwell • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Ed.D. Temple University
  • MAT School for International Training
  • MFA Virginia Tech University
  • MA Wake Forest University

Steve Cornwell is a professor at Osaka Jogakuin College, Osaka, Japan, where leads the Life Long Learning program and is vice chair of the university’s English Language Program. Steve began his teaching career at the Language Institute of Japan after completing his MAT in TESOL at the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. Since then he has taught children, teenagers, and adults in conversation classes, business courses, and intensive programs. He has taught, presented, and/or conducted teacher training sessions in Bangladesh, Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the US.

His professional interests include examining students’ identities and investment in language learning, developing and evaluating curriculums, examining learning from the inside as a student/language learner, and helping apprentice new teachers to the world of research and publishing. In his spare time, he and his wife Yoshiko like to travel, watch movies, and eat ethnic food (but not always in that order!)

Sedia Dennis • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from Harvard
  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA, The Evergreen State College

Sedia currently teaches academic reading and writing and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Tacoma Community College in Washington State. She has also taught for the Washington Academy of Language's English Language Learner Intensive Daytime Summer Program for K-12 certified teachers as well as for the INTERLINK Language Center. In addition to teaching in the United States, Sedia has studied, trained, and taught in Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. She is most influenced by participatory education, and her teaching practices are rooted in inclusion, engagement, and relevant content. Above all, Sedia believes that both learning and teaching should be joyful. She enjoys spending her time playing and discussing life with her beloved 9-year-old son.  

Kathleen Graves • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Ph D University of Lancaster, UK
  • MAT School for International Training

Kathleen has worked on curriculum renewal and language teacher education in the U.S., Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Japan, and Korea. Her research focuses on the role of classroom practice in curriculum renewal and supporting teachers’ professional development as central to successful educational and curricular reform. She is interested in helping teachers to ‘think curricularly’ as they develop a reflective practice both individually and collaboratively. She started her career as an English teacher in Taiwan and later taught English in the US, Japan, and Brazil. She has served the faculties of the School for International Training, and the School of Education at the University of Michigan She is the editor/author of two books on course design, Teachers as Course Developers (Cambridge University Press) and Designing Language Courses: A guide for Teachers (Heinle Cengage). She is the series editor of TESOL’s Language Curriculum Development series.

Suzan Kobashigawa • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • PhD Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • MAT School for International Training

Suzan Kobashigawa is professor in the School of Education at Northwest University. Suzan began her career teaching English in Japan and stayed for five years before beginning graduate school. She completed her MAT degree in TESOL through the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. Suzan completed her Ph.D. in composition and TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While there, she focused on language and culture, literacy, and language revitalization. At Northwest University, Suzan has directed the English language program, and is the coordinator for the TESOL certificate program. She also teaches courses in Multicultural Education, Content Literacy/Secondary Methods, Research, Testing and Evaluation, and Phonetics. Currently, Suzan’s research interests are focused on qualitative inquiry (ethnography), language and culture, and literacy. In her spare time, Suzan has had a love-hate relationship with running, although she completes a half marathon annually, and she loves traveling, returning back to her family home in Hawai’i as often as she can.

Josh Kurzweil • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • Cambridge CELTA and DELTA.

Josh began his teaching career in 1990. He has taught and trained in Japan, Spain, the Republic of Georgia, and the United States. He received his master's degree in teaching from the SIT Graduate Institute and also holds the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA. Josh has been involved in developing the curriculum for the SIT TESOL Certificate and is a trainer of trainers. In addition to working on the SIT course, Josh has been a trainer with the Peace Corps and does educational consulting through the company, Berkeley Learning Teaching Consultants, which he co-founded. He is the author of Understanding Teaching Through Learning, which was published by McGraw-Hill in 2006, and his particular areas of interest include Experiential Learning, reflective practice, and lesson design. Josh lives with his wife and son in Berkeley, California.

Kim Lier • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Kim’s experience in the field of education includes language teaching, program administration, and teacher training. In 1982 she went to Japan and spent three years teaching English to children, high school students, and adults. Upon returning to North America, Kim started teaching Japanese, initially at the junior and senior high school level in Indianapolis and later at two community colleges in North Vancouver, B.C.. These experiences generated so many questions about teaching and learning that she enrolled in the School for International Training (SIT) where she received a master’s degree in teaching. She stayed at SIT as a project manager for the next 10 years. During this time she returned to Japan to teach in and administer the final two years SIT’s Intensive English Program at Tokyo Jogakkan Junior College. Most recently Kim has taught Japanese at Marlboro College, conducted training for public school teachers in Massachusetts, helped develop a teacher-training course for a major publisher and returned to administrative work at the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies in the Nonprofit Management Program.  

Brian Long • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • EdD, Columbia (candidate)
  • MAT School for International Training
  • BA History, University of Kansas

Brian Long is an international educational consultant, currently completing his doctorate at Teachers College Columbia University. He is interested in learning, how it happens, and how to set up learning-centered environments in formal classroom settings. Though now based in New York, Brian lived for 15 years in Japan and Thailand, and his consulting work continues to take him around the world. Convinced that rigor does not have to equal difficult or painful, Brian works with teachers and schools to adapt their practices toward a learning-centered, joy-centered approach to education. 

Patrick Moran • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • PhD Lesley University
  • MAT  School for International Training

Pat Moran began his teaching career as a TEFL volunteer with the Peace Corps in Côte d’Ivoire. He went on to teach EFL in the United States, Mexico, and Mali. He taught French in Peace Corps training programs and to adults in the USA, including teachers of French. He has also taught introductory Spanish.

For over three decades he has worked in language teacher education, teaching courses in methodology, intercultural communication, Francophone culture, and second language acquisition, among others. He supervised teachers of ESOL, French, and Spanish in a variety of schools in the U.S., Mexico,  as well as Mali, Puerto Rico, and Senegal.

His interests include development of reflective practitioners, practical solutions to teaching and learning culture in language classrooms, cooperation and collaboration in learning, self-directed language and culture learning, and applications of narrative to learning and teaching.

Beth Neher • Health Care Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MSc Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
  • CELTA and DELTA trainer, assessor and trainer of trainers
  • BA English Literature/TESOL minor, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Work:  Capstone Coordinator, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies; Education Consultant (ELT and other teaching and teacher training); IPP (MA project) Adviser and adjunct faculty, Lesson Planning and Language Analysis (SIT Graduate Institute)
  • Classes:  Managing Change, Capstone I: Planning, English Applied Linguistics

Beth has been an educator for over 35 years, working with graduate, undergraduate, and EFL/ESL students aged 16+.  Her teaching has involved both direct classroom delivery, and blended and fully online courses, in private language schools and universities in the U.S and abroad.  In addition to teaching and training, she has managed TESOL programs in different capacities – principal of a small EFL program on the south coast of England, Director of Studies at International House New York and temporary DOS at International House London.  She has designed and participated in educational reform support programs, managed cohorts of teacher trainers and students, in person and virtually, and has been involved in professional writing, recently contributing to the NGL/Cengage ELTeach online teacher development program.  Beth currently teaches and works as faculty and adjunct faculty in Brattleboro, VT.  In addition to teaching in the MATESOL program, she is the Capstone Coordinator, teaches Capstone I: Planning, and teaches Change Management in the Health Care Administration program. She has presented at professional ELT conferences:  full-length pre-session workshops at the TESOL Convention, professional development workshops internationally and as plenary speaker.

Beth holds an MSC in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, a Diploma in Educational Management, and a Diploma of Education.  She is a life-long learner and graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Marlboro College Graduate School in August 2012.  She is currently serving on the Brattleboro Co-op Board of Directors.

Mary Scholl • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MAT, School for International Training
  • BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Mary Scholl lives in rural Costa Rica and is the founder of Centro Espiral Mana, a teacher training center, a community English program and a volunteer teacher placement program. With over 20 years of language teaching experience, Mary has been working with developing teachers for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the School for International Training and has lived and taught in both public and private settings on three continents and has worked with developing teachers in the U.S., Japan, Libya, and most countries in Latin America. Mary is a frequent presenter at conferences in Latin America. Mary is deeply interested in creating joyful, compassionate, engaged, and empowering learning opportunities and has presented on topics including leadership within the classroom, the role of creativity in language learning, the role of compassion in learning, reflective practice, observation and feedback, learning-centered language teaching and thinking skills and intuition.