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Center for English Language Education

Meet the Teachers

Our instructors love teaching because they love students! Both language skills and happy memories will grow in these friendly classrooms. But they are not just your friends; they are also professionals with years of experience and top academic credentials.

Autumn Witt

Dr. Autumn Witt, Director

Autumn spent 3 years teaching English and training teachers in northern Japan before coming back to the US to teach ESL at universities. Autumn completed her M.A. in English Linguistics and her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition.

Suzan Kobashigawa

Dr. Suzan Kobashigawa, Instructor

Suzan has been in the field of English language education for over 20 years. Suzan has taught abroad in Japan, Mexico, and Chile. Suzan holds an M.A. in TESOL and a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL.

Dr. Heather Poindexter, Instructor

Heather has a diverse background, teaching ESL to professionals in the Netherlands for 15 years, and participating in Archeological research. Her Ph.D. is in Classical Languages.

Sharon Hamar, Instructor

Sharon has been an educator and educational leader for approximately 20 years. Sharon holds M.Ed. degrees in Education Administration and ESL. Sharon taught in the CELE TESOL certificate program in Indonesia.

Kristin Webster, Instructor

Kristin lived in France to study French, and later earner her MATESOL. She understands what it is like to live in another country to study and relates well to her students.


Support Staff

Our caring support staff members are experienced with international student admissions. They are eager to make each student's transition and stay at NU a positive and enriching experience.

Anna Pflug

Director of Enrollment, International Enrollment Counselor
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Li Lowry

International Student Services Coordinator, Visa & I-20 Support
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Kristen Ross

CELE Administrative Assistant
Class registration, Housing, Arrival Coordination, General Questions
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