Faculty and Staff


The Institute's faculty members are highly trained and experienced professionals who specialize in teaching English as a Second Language. Drawing from backgrounds in writing, curriculum development, national and international English instruction, and counseling, our teachers are extremely adept at providing top quality instruction using the most up-to-date teaching techniques and materials. To keep them on the cutting edge, the IEI provides instructors with a variety of professional development opportunities so that they continue to learn and utilize the latest techniques and technologies. Our ESL professionals have a world of training and education to draw on in addition to their own language-learning skills to provide highly interactive and effective lessons.

Our staff members keep the administrative side of the IEI running smoothly. Their years of experience with all aspects of student life provide an indispensable service to our students. Most importantly, they perform their jobs not only with professionalism but also with a friendliness that puts all students at ease.



Victoria Navarrete, Interim Director and Instructor
M.Ed. TESOL
CELTA 
BS Chemistry

Ms. Navarrete is in her twentieth year of teaching English.  She has worked at private and university language schools in the U.S. and Mexico as an instructor, instructor-trainer, and academic director. In addition, she spent a year working at FAU’s Center for Excellence in Writing. Ms. Navarrete has presented at regional and state TESOL conferences: “Drawing Grammar: Using the Elements of Art to Teach English Grammar” (SETESOL, September 2010); “IWLE: Implementing an International Online English-Language Learning Program,” (SSTESOL, May 2012). She designed an online teaching program and published student, coach, and coach training manuals for a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching English online in the U.S. and the developing world; she has also designed survival English programs for use by non-profits and elementary school instructors. Her ESOL areas of interest include teaching writing and grammar. Her hobbies are street painting (pavement art) and learning foreign languages. 

 
Joelle Baudouin, Full-time Instructor 
M.A. in English 
B.A. in English
DEUG in English

Ms. Baudouin has taught at private and university intensive English programs in South Florida since 1989. She has taught English at the Universite de Pau in France and has taught both French and English at FAU. Ms. Baudouin’s hobbies include teaching French and learning Mandarin Chinese. In addition, she practices and teaches tai chi chuan, qigong, and Taoist philosophy; she has an advanced teaching certificate in Chen style tai chi chuan. 

 
Sandra Roman
Sandra Roman, Full-Time Instructor
M.S. Foreign Language Education, TESOL
B.A. Art

Ms. Sandra Roman has taught a wide variety of ESL classes in private and public language institutions and universities in the U.S. including Florida International University, San Diego State University, and The University of California San Diego.  She has worked as level coordinator, Grammar Lab tutor, and instructor with various ages and levels of ESL learners ranging from beginning to advanced students. Ms. Roman’s professional interests include intensive grammar tutoring and teaching proofreading strategies. Aside from teaching, she is passionate about visual arts, music, and traveling.

 
Deborah White, Full-time Instructor
M Ed. in Multicultural Foundations, Florida Atlantic University
BA Journalism, Pepperdine University

Ms. White has over twenty years of ESOL experience both in the U.S. and in Lebanon. Most of those years have been spent at the IEI. Her “great passion for this job and the knowledge that we do make a difference” enhance her academic skills in the classroom. Ms. White has presented on topics such as "Using Pictures in the ESOL Classroom" and "ESOL strategies with literacy students.” In her free time, she enjoys reading, butterfly gardening, and snorkeling.

 
Ms. Clare Archer, Instructor
B.Ed. In-service Degree with ESL and English qualifications
B.Ed. Degree and Teacher’s Certification
B.A. English
 

Ms. Clare Archer has over 30 years of teaching experience in English and ESL in Canada, England, Bahrain, and the US, in diverse educational settings from elementary and secondary schools, international language schools, and management development services to university ESL programs. She has taught intermediate to advanced levels, including exam preparations in Cambridge FCE, CAE, and TOEFL. She has traveled extensively, visiting 28 countries and 25 US states. Her interests are art, dogs, travel, and period films.      

 
Lori Giles

Lori D. Giles, Full-time Instructor
M.A. TESOL
B.A. in English
B.A. in Spanish

Lori has a master’s degree in TESOL from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and more than twenty years of teaching experience at various universities in the United States as well as in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. She has presented at several regional and International TESOL conferences on techniques to help students develop critical thinking skills. Grammar is her favorite topic to teach, and she loves developing materials.

 
Jean Sims, Instructor
M.Ed. TESOL
BA English

Ms. Sims holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education with a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) major. She is the author of two textbooks on the subjects of TESOL reading and listening. Ms. Sims has over 30 years of teaching experience in Africa, Michigan, Colorado, California, and Florida. She has spent the past 15 years at FAU as a coordinator and TOEFL Preparation instructor at the Intensive English Institute.

 

Barbara Chapman
Program Assistant, Designated School Official (DSO)

Ms. Chapman has worked for FAU for more than 25 years in the service of foreign students; most of those years have been spent at the IEI. She professionally and efficiently handles student registration and is an expert on student-related immigration issues. In fact, she is the lead DSO for our institute, issuing I-20’s for our students. In addition, Ms. Chapman assists students with a range of cultural and immigration aspects of their lives in the United States. In her free time, Ms. Chapman loves to spend time with her family and pets.

 
Thalia Stathopoulos 
Coordinator,
Designated School Official (DSO)
B.A. Economics

Ms. Stathopoulos has worked for FAU for over 25 years. She has spent most of those years with us at the IEI. She expertly maintains all student registrations and departmental payroll, In addition, she is our second DSO and issues I-20's along with Ms. Chapman. Ms. Stathopoulos enjoys reading and traveling in her free time. 

 
Marta Guevara
Executive Secretary
B.A. Business Administration

Ms. Guevara provides invaluable support services to the teaching staff, facilitating delivery of education to IEI students. For the past 10 years, she has expertly handled IEI registration and administrative duties such as fielding telephone calls and handling inquiries regarding the IEI program. In addition, you can often find students and staff admiring the bulletin boards she continually updates with calendars, pictures, and announcements highlighting recent IEI activities and events.  In her free time, Ms. Guevara enjoys spending time with her two kids.  She also enjoys arts and crafts, reading, and listening to music. 

 

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