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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.



Yu Jung Han

Yu Jung Han

Intensive English Program Instructor

I have always been an avid traveler, and wherever I go, English follows. It connects me to people from all over the world and has allowed me to live out my passion. I have had the opportunity to teach English in my native country of Korea, Japan and now after graduating from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master's in TESOL, the United States. Aside my developing new ways of teaching English through technology, I also enjoy playing the guitar, snowboarding, and trying new things.



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.


Gretchen Ketner

Gretchen Ketner

Intensive English Program Instructor
On Leave 2013-2014 Academic Year

Because I love working with people and language and learning about other cultures, being an ESL teacher is a natural fit for me. One of the most exciting things in the world is being able to connect with other people and cultures through language. I received an MA in TESL from Penn State University and have taught students from elementary to university level in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, as well as at Penn State, before coming to Juniata. In my free time, I enjoy reading, singing in a choir, playing volleyball, and serving as a mentor to college-age women.



 

 

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