Meet the Team

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Madeleine Monaghan

Madeleine Monaghan is the Director of the English Language Institute at Sacred Heart University. She manages the Intensive English Language program (IEP). The IEP currently enjoys students from 18 different countries who study English for academic and professional purposes.  

Madeleine has an MBA in Information Systems and a Masters in Arts in Teaching and Curriculum from Fairfield University.

A native of Ireland, Madeleine immigrated to the United States 19 years ago and has enjoyed teaching ESL in many different school settings. Her research specialty is “Learning disabilities in the Adult ESL student”. This area of research is particularly difficult as a learning disability can be initially perceived as an ESL difficulty. There are pedagogical methods to distinguish between the two and there are successful ways to teach to address those challenges.  Madeleine has also presented previously in the area of recruitment of ESL students, and how to address their particular cultural needs on the domestic US campus. 

Maria Douich

Maria Douich, has taken on the role of ESL coordinator for the English Language Institute.  Maria has managed the university’s Stamford campus since November of 2011 and brings extensive experience in administrative, legal and non-profit work.

Maria is also a Sacred Heart University alumnus; she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Political Science. 

A native of Morocco, Maria came to the U.S. with her family in 1998 and was herself enrolled in ESL classes in high school to learn English.  She knows the importance of such a program and appreciates how much it has helped her adapt to her new community and culture.  Maria is fluent in Arabic, French and English and also has conversational Spanish and Portuguese.

Lynn Dolynchuk

 

Lynn Dolynchuk has been an instructor in the English Language Institute since 2010. She comes to ESL from a background in communications and training, giving her a unique perspective on intercultural communication in the workplace. She also manages the social media marketing for the Institute. Follow her on twitter @sacredheartESL.

Lynn has a master’s of science in Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

She has taught all ESL subjects, but is particularly interested in the area of writing. She believes that writing helps non-native speakers improve their overall thinking and communication skills, requiring them to use imagination and reflect on their experiences.

Donna Tagliarino

 

Donna is an accomplished communications professional with over twenty years of experience in teaching, training and media production. She is passionate about helping people improve their lives by improving their communication skills.  Donna has worked with students and professionals at every level, from classrooms to corporate boardrooms, on their interpersonal communications and public speaking skills.  She loves working with people from all over the world.

Donna received her Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Fairfield University and her Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film Production from the University of Texas.  She is currently working on obtaining Connecticut TESOL certification.

Originally from Austin, TX, Donna loves music, tennis, yoga and dogs of all kinds.  Her husband, Scott, is also a communications professional, and they have two children, Nicholas and Leah.

Marla Heath

 

Marla Heath, a graduate of Indiana University and the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts, brings to the ESL classroom an extensive music and performing arts background.  She is an accomplished performing artist and voice over actor.  From her years of experience as a performer and now as an effective instructor, Ms. Heath's first priority is to continue to encourage and motivate students through the learning process.  Currently, on the ESL Teaching Staff at Sacred Heart University and Norwalk Community College.

Noel Cleary

 

Noel has been an instructor in ELI since 2012 and has taught grammar, writing and pronunciation.

He has earned the following qualifications over the years: B.A. (English), M.A. (Teaching), MAT (Religious Studies), Higher Diploma in Education (Ireland), Diploma TEFL (Ireland) and PGC in TESOL (Scotland). He is also certified IELTS examiner.

He has taught ESL for many years in the U.S., Ireland, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia at secondary, baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels, and in industry and the military.

He is married, has 3 children and 6 grandchildren and likes to hike, run, swim and play tennis. 

Jyoti Parimal

Jyoti Parimal

Jyoti Parimal has been an instructor in the ESL program since 2011, and has taught all courses—reading , writing, grammar and pronunciation to name a few, and  across all levels of student population. The reading class is her favorite class to teach, as she enjoys reading herself and enjoys the experiences of facilitating students to delve into a text, and make meaning out of it. A native of New Delhi, India, she has lived in the US for almost 19 years and feels that she brings a unique perspective to the ESL setting, in terms of understanding the language acquisition and cultural assimilation process.

Jyoti veered to the field of ESL from the field of social sciences and is a certified social studies teacher at the secondary level.  She also holds CT Certification in Adult ESL, and has also been teaching in the ESL and the GED through Continuing Education programs for the past 6 years.

Jyoti has attended the NYU School of Law for her LL.M. (Master of Laws) and the University of Bridgeport for her MS in Education. 

Lisa Newman

Lisa Newman has been an instructor in the ESL program since 2012 and currently serves as Director of the Online ESL program, which she launched for the English Language Institute in 2013. Read more about the online ESL program.

Lisa earned her Master of Arts in English Education from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rhode Island. She has taught secondary English in the Connecticut public schools since 2004 and English and composition at Norwalk Community College since 2007.

With additional experience in technology and web design, Lisa is passionate about educational technology, social media, and online education. She is excited to utilize this background to oversee the growth of online learning at the English Language Institute.

Lisa is also a proud mom to her two children. She enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, spending time outdoors and learning about different people and cultures. 

Matthew Kaye, Ph.D.

Director of volunteer programs & service learning Matthew Kaye, Ph.D. Matthew brings to his role at Sacred Heart University extensive experience in the training and supervision of volunteers, international development, as well as collaboration with faculty and organizations in the area of service learning.  Prior to coming to Sacred Heart University, Matthew held positions with the United States Peace Corps, College of Education at the University of Florida, and the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Tess, moved to Connecticut from Gainesville, Florida.

Professionally, Matthew is focused on social justice issues faced by disenfranchised communities and undergraduate student development through academically oriented reflection.  He is very interested in providing SHU students with international experiences that address social and educational inequalities.  Most recently, his research focused on educational access for Haitian students in the Dominican Republic since the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  His academic interests include critical race theory, critical pedagogy and cross-cultural communications.  Matthew has presented at conferences nationally and internationally on topics such as critical pedagogy, English language acquisition and international development.

David Bedell

David Bedell

David has been an instructor in the ESL program since 2012. He has a Master of Arts in TESOL and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with Computer Applications. He began his career as an English teacher in China and over the years has taught ESL in colleges and adult education programs in Connecticut, Alabama, and Kansas. He is especially interested in helping students to develop and appreciate multiple learning strategies.

In addition to ESL, David has worked in the field of global health, and, as a Connecticut Justice of the Peace, he performs wedding ceremonies (often for international couples). He serves on the board of Teachers Against Prejudice, a grassroots organization promoting understanding and respect for all.