Our instructors know the test

Learn From the Experts

Our senior TOEFL  & IELTS tutors take the TOEFL and IELTS exams regularly. This allows them to know the tests, know if their techniques work, and to train other teachers in best practices.
In fact, our own books and materials were designed by former IELTS and TOEFL examiners.

Our Academic English classes are taught by instructors with Masters in TESOL.

Dr. Mary Cazabon

President

Experience
City of Cambridge Director of Bilingual/ESL Programs (K-12)
Professor at Department of Applied Linguistics, UMass Boston

Education
Ed.D Leadership in Urban Schools, UMass Boston

Language
Spanish, French, Portuguese

Sean Smeland

Academic English Specialist

Experience
TAHS English Institute – 10 years
TESOL Certification
Adjunct Instructor of Science and Society, University of Massachusetts Boston

Education
Doctoral research, Political Science, MIT
MA, International Relations, Columbia University
BA, Biology, Yale University

Language
French, Iclandic, German, Ancient Greek

Brandon Morgan

Academic English Specialist

Experience
TAHS English Institute – 2 years
TESOL Certification

Education
MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Tufts University
BS in Human Biology, Health, and Society, Cornell University

Language
Swedish, French, Spanish

Steve Partensky

Senior Faculty/Curriculum Developer

Experience
TAHS English Institute – 4 years
IELTS & TOEFL examiner
TESOL Convention Contributor: TOEFL vs IELTS (2013)
Publications: Contributor – The Complete Guide to IELTS, National Geographic/Cengage (2015)

Education
MA TESOL, Wollongong University

Language
Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian

Julia Desmond

Senior Faculty

Experience
TAHS English Institute – 2 years
Exam-prep specialist (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, SAT)
TOEFL examiner

Education
MA TESOL, American College of Education
MA Liberal Arts, Harvard University

Language
Spanish

Sara Brande

Faculty

Experience
TAHS English Institute – 3 years
TESOL Certification

Education
BA History, Brandeis University

Language
Korean, Chinese

Brian Kim

Academic English Specialist/Student Advisor

Experience
TAHS English Institute - 5 years
TESOL Certification

Education
MA Composite Speech

Language
Korean, Ancient Greek

Wendy Xin

Academic English Specialist

Experience
TAHS English Institute -- joined 2017

Education
MS Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Pennsylvania

Language
Chinese, Spanish