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Meet the Teachers

Michael Beamer

Michael Beamer

Director, Intensive English Program

I joined the Intensive English Program as the Director in January 2010. Before coming to Juniata, I lived and worked in Japan for a total of nine years as an EFL teacher. I earned my MA in ESL from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  I love interacting with people from all over the world and doing what I can to make the world come together with more understanding and respect.  In my spare time I like to play golf, cook, take walks with my wife, and go snorkeling and scuba diving.



Kati CsomanKati Csoman

Intensive English Program Instructor

I am the Acting Dean of the Center for International Education in the academic year 2014-15.  I have worked in international education for over twenty-three years.  I have been working at Juniata since 2001.  My primary responsibility is to support international students during their studies at Juniata.  I have lived and worked abroad in Hungary and in The Gambia and have traveled to many other countries around the world.  I most recently in July 2014 led a group of educators to Morocco for one month where I studied Arabic.  I teach the America: Nation of Immigrants course.  This is a subject which inspires me greatly, because my father is an immigrant from Hungary.  I love to work with students to help them develop language and intercultural skills to contribute to a world of peace as true global citizens.


Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson

Intensive English Program Instructor

Since graduating from the University of Arizona in 1983 with an M.A. in English as a Second Language, I have had the opportunity to teach at universities in many parts of the world—in Japan, Romania, Spain, the United States, and Uzbekistan—and to work with students for whom English was a key to attaining their goals in life. 

It is a pleasure to be working now with the wonderful students at Juniata College, one of the top institutions of higher education in the United States, and to be helping them realize their dreams.  International students are exceptional individuals, people with interests and goals so strong that they are willing to leave the world they know and immerse themselves in a culture that is unfamiliar to them.  I know how it feels to be far from home, living and working in a culture not my own, and I greatly admire the courage of Juniata College’s international students.  I will be doing all that I can to help them achieve their goals.


Ingrid JohnsonIngrid Johnson

Intensive English Program Instructor

I was born in the Netherlands and naturalized as an American citizen after immigrating to the US at age two. My family and I lived in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona for many years, and I received my Master's in English as a Second Language from the University of Arizona in 1982. I taught at the U of A as a graduate teaching assistant and, later, as a lecturer. My ESL teaching experiences have taken me to many places around the world: to Seville, Spain; to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Tsaile, Arizona; to Craiova, Romania; to Tokyo and Akita, Japan; and to Tashkent and Urgench, Uzbekistan.

I am happy to call Huntingdon, Pennsylvania my new home, and I'm very pleased to be teaching at Juniata College, where not only excellent teaching and inspired learning take place, but also where so many admirable virtues are encouraged. I look forward to working with the college's many highly motivated international students and to sharing with them my love of art, photography, nature, ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement), tennis, and travel.


Ellen Hull

Ellen Hull

Intensive English Program Instructor

My experience as an exchange student to Mexico while a junior in high school planted the seed for travel and language acquisition.  I hold a BS and MS from Penn State, as well as a Certificate in ESL from the PA Department of Education.  I have a variety of professional experiences, including teaching first grade for the Tyrone Area School District and working and meeting the needs of the Spanish families who have children in the District.  I taught ESL at Penn State's UP Campus for a year and most recently joined the IEP at Juniata College.  It is a delight to help young people learn American culture and the English language!



 

 

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