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Meet the Instructors

Adam Rado

Adam Rado
An ALC instructor for 20 years, Adam coordinates and teaches in the Intensive English Communication Program. His English-learning website, elfs.com, has had over 2 million visitors. His other creations include ALC’s Facebook page, ALC’s YouTube channel, the Discover L.A. IECP class social website, and three self-published ESL books. He earned a BS from UCLA and Teaching Credentials from California State University Northridge.

Isabella Anikst

Isabella Anikst
Bella received her MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from UCLA in 1984 and has been teaching at the ALC ever since. She is also a teacher-trainer and curriculum and program developer at ALC. Previously, she taught English in Russia and Azerbaijan.

Joan Stein

Joan Stein
Joan received an MA degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics from UCLA and has taught in France and as a government and corporate employee in Japan. Joan has been teaching and developing curriculum at the American Language Center since 2004 and is a recipient of UCLA Extension’s Distinguished Instructor Award.

 

Judy Tanka

Judy Tanka
Judy has an MA degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from UCLA and over thirty years’ experience in teaching English to international students at the post-secondary level. Most of her experience has been as a full-time faculty member at UCLA Extension’s American Language Center. Judy also has extensive experience in curriculum design, materials development, teacher training, instructional technology, assessment, test preparation, program administration and marketing.  She is the author of two internationally used ELT textbook series and the recipient of UCLA Extension’s Distinguished Instructor Award.

Julie Norminton

Julie Norminton
Julie Norminton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Italian, first teaching qualification from International House in Piccadilly, a DELTA qualification from the University of Cambridge, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Southampton, UK, specializing in elementary education and received her Master’s degree in TESOL in September 2008. Ms. Norminton has been teaching adults and young learners of all levels. She has trained teachers for Departments of Education in Mexico, Spain, Italy, Bahrain and the UAE and has been training on the CELTA course for eleven years. Since her arrival in the U.S., she has been teaching English language to professionals and students extensively and has been a member of the full-time faculty at the American Language Center at UCLA Extension since 2013.

 

Kathy Gardner

Kathy Gardner
Kathy received her MATESOL degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She is Lead Instructor for the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) at the American Language Center in UCLA Extension. In addition to ESL teaching duties, Kathy has developed curriculum for the communication program and has trained teachers to utilize these interactive materials. She also teaches ESL classes for the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP), including the accent reduction elective. Prior to UCLA Extension, Kathy taught a wide range of adult ESL classes for more than twenty years and coordinated distance learning courses.

 

Kyle Duncan

Kyle Duncan
Kyle began teaching at the American Language Center in 1989 after returning from a three-year journey teaching and traveling in mainland China. Kyle holds an M.Ed in Curriculum Studies as well as a BA in Linguistics/Philosophy—both from UCLA.

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas
Michael teaches advanced reading and writing classes at ALC. He lived in several parts of the world before returning to the U.S. to study at UCLA. He has a BA and an MA in History, and  earned an MA in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Robin (Bobby) Bundell

Robina (Bobby) Bundell
Bobby started teaching at ALC in 2006. She holds a Diploma in TESL and a Master’s in Applied Linguistics from Victoria University in New Zealand. She taught in Japan, New Zealand and the Czech Republic before settling in California. Bobby has taught a variety of levels and skills, including exam preparation, and she is an official IELTS examiner. In 2014, Bobby received UCLA Extension’s Distinguished Instructor Award for teaching excellence and dedication to the program.

Scott Gist
Scott has traveled to over 25 countries, including two years teaching in Korea. He has a BA in Theater, a Minor in Art, a Certificate in Film, and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Shelley Reece

Shelley Reece
Shelley joined the ALC in 2007. She has been teaching ESL since 1996 in university language programs and served in the Peace Corps in Poland. She holds an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.