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Faculty and Staff

All of the IEP faculty have second language teaching experience and a broad range of experience working with students from around the globe. If you would like to learn more about the IEP Instructors and IEP staff, read the descriptions that follow. You can also click on each instructor's name to send an email message.

 IEP Administration

  Cheryl Delk-Le Good


Cheryl received M.A. degrees in French and TESOL from Michigan State University and then taught at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo for several years before coming to Georgia State. She has been the director of the IEP since 2003 and serves the profession as Past President of the American Association of Intensive English Programs ( and as an active member of the University Consortia of Intensive English Programs ( Cheryl has worked with the Office of International Initiatives at GSU and visited the International University of Grand Bassam in Cote d’Ivoire to assist with curriculum development of the pre-undergraduate program. She has authored two textbooks: Discovering American Culture, 2nd edition (University of Michigan Press) and College Oral Communication 3 (Heinle-Cengage). 

Janie Hardman

Educational Program Specialist (IEP Admissions)

Janie is the Educational Program Specialist for the IEP and is responsible for the admissions process of all incoming students. She is certified as the DSO (Designated School Official) for the IEP. Janie received her B.S. in Urban Affairs from Winston-Salem State University in 1981. As former military personnel, she has traveled around the world and feels very fortunate to be in the position to meet more international students.

Daphne Orr

Assistant Director 

Daphne joined our staff in August 2005. She is responsible for advising students on academic issues and helping them with the admissions process into Georgia State University. Daphne coordinates the extracurricular activities for the program, often collaborating with faculty in the department and across campus. She received her B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans and has previously taught ESL/EFL in a variety of settings and places including New Orleans, San Francisco, New York, and Germany. In 2009, she received her Master's in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University.

IEP Faculty 


John Bunting

John Bunting is a senior lecturer in the Intensive English Program in the Applied Linguistics Department at Georgia State University. He recently completed his PhD in Applied Linguistics. John’s interests include the use of corpus tools by teachers and students, student-centered learning, technology in the classroom, English grammar, material design, L2 writing, vocabulary acquisition, teacher cognition, and teacher training. He has written textbooks on vocabulary (College Vocabulary 4, 2006, Cengage) and grammar (Grammar and Beyond 4, Cambridge, 2013). John lived in Venezuela for six years, and has worked with teachers and teacher-trainers throughout Latin America.


Alison Camacho

Alison L. Camacho has been teaching ESL/EFL for over ten years. Her professional career started in Japan, where she worked for three years as a high school English teacher. She has also taught ESL at several language schools and universities in different areas of the U.S. In addition to teaching ESL/EFL, Alison has worked for two teacher training programs: the Egyptian Teacher Training Program (Georgia State University) and the U.S. Department of State’s English Language Fellow Program (Durango, Mexico). In 2005, Alison received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University. Her interests include materials design, using technology in the classroom, and interactive language teaching. In her free time, Alison enjoys spending time with her husband and dog and watching New York Yankees baseball.


 Marcel Daniels

Marcel is a recent graduate of the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program here at Georgia State University and has been teaching in the Intensive English Program since Fall 2011.



Jean Daugherty

Jean Daugherty has been teaching ESL for more than ten years. Her professional teaching career started out West, where she worked as a teaching assistant in a high school ESL program – she enjoyed the experience so much that she changed her plans for her future!  She moved to Georgia and in 2001, obtained her M.A. in Applied Linguistics & Teaching ESL from Georgia State University.  During that time, she also tutored and taught ESL locally.  Jean has taught in the Intensive English Program at GSU and in the ESL Program at Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody since 2001 (during which time she also had 3 children & some time off!).   Her interests include using technology in the classroom and all levels of writing skills. In her time away from teaching, Jean enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading mystery novels, painting, playing the piano, and visiting the beach!

Susan Firestone

Susan Firestone has taught ESL n a variety of settings for more than 35 years and is always interested in learning something new. After teaching EFL n the Peace Corps in Thailand, Susan moved to Atlanta where she taught all levels and skill areas of ESL in a private intensive English program for many years. While working full-time, she completed her M.A. in Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University in 1996. She joined the Applied Linguistics and ESL faculty at GSU in 1999 and has enjoyed working in a variety of areas in the department including teaching, teacher training, curriculum development, and testing. Her interests include student interaction, cross-cultural communication, grammar, and materials design. Susan is active in Georgia TESOL and with the refugee community in Atlanta.

Louise Gobron
Tutoring Lab Coordinator


Louise Gobron has an MBA from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Business and an MA in Applied Linguistics/ESL from Georgia State University. Louise started teaching ESL in Perth, Western Australia after spending several years working in national politics and the advertising business. She has taught English to international students for over 20 years in Australia, Atlanta and San Diego. Louise served as a Senior English Fellow for the US State Department conducting teacher training seminars in Ukraine.

Jack Hardy

Jack has been teaching in the IEP periodically since August 2009; he is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State. He holds MA degrees in Applied Linguistics from the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla in central Mexico, and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Jack enjoys teaching international students and loves to learn about their cultures, languages, and foods (especially foods!). His interests include vocabulary acquisition, corpus linguistics, and language policy and planning. Outside of school, Jack likes to run, swim, watch DVDs, and crochet.

Merideth Hoagland

Merideth has taught English since 2002, when she was a graduate teaching assistant for first-year university students. Since then, she has taught English in northeastern China and at an intensive English institute in Greenville, South Carolina. More recently, she has taught English among Atlanta's refugee community. Merideth holds a B.A. in English and M.A. degrees in English and Applied Linguistics. She loves to learn, explore new places, and play the cello.



Kim Kleiber

 Kimberly received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics/ESL from Georgia State University in May 2012 and has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia.  For over 10 years, Kim was a performing artist with a professional dance company and was fortunate to travel the world dancing and teaching.  While she still loves to dance, her current interests include teaching ESL through movement to children, literacy and language acquisition, as well as second language writing.  Kim is thrilled to be joining the IEP as a Visiting Lecturer. 


Margareta Larsson

GTA Coordinator

Margareta, a native of Sweden, came to this country as a Fulbright Scholar in 1986. She is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley (MA Anthropology) and Georgia State (MS Applied Linguistics and ESL). Since 1994, she has been teaching ESL at both the Language Institute at Georgia Tech and the IEP at Georgia State.

Pam Pearson

Pam joined the IEP staff in August 2007, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State. She holds MA degrees in TESL/Applied Linguistics (Iowa State University) and Teaching (Drake University), and a BA in French and Spanish (Central College). Pam enjoys working with international students and has spent the past 14 years doing so, teaching ESL/EFL to learners of various ages in Japan, Mexico, Djibouti and the US. Her interests include English for specific purposes, language planning and policy, ESL/EFL pedagogy, and language teacher education.

   Nicole Pettitt

Nicole began with the IEP in Fall 2012, and is studying for a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State. She holds an MA in Curriculum & Instruction (Second Languages & Cultures Education), and a BA in Spanish & French – both from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She began tutoring English while still a high school student in Belgium in 1990, and began formally teaching ESL in 1997. She has lived and studied in Europe and Latin America, and her teaching experiences include high school and college Spanish, high school and adult ESL, including eight years with newly-arrived immigrants and refugees. She is excited to be at GSU’s IEP!


Ben Pinkasovic

Ben is a recent graduate of the MA in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State. He has enjoyed tutoring, working with IEP Student Activities, and teaching. Before coming to Georgia State, he facilitated, coordinated, and managed leadership development conferences for middle and high school students at a leading experiential education organization. Ben earned a B.A. in Sociology from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Brittany Polat

After living in France, Germany, and England, Brittany began teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2005. She has since completed her MA in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State and is currently working toward her PhD here at GSU. Her previous degrees include a BA from the University of Georgia and a Master of International Management from the Université de Toulouse IAE. Brittany’s interests include second language acquisition, bilingualism, and sociolinguistics, and she loves traveling and working with the international students at Georgia State.



Janet Beth Randall

Janet Beth graduated from the the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program here at Georgia State University in Spring 2011.  She has been working as tutor and teacher in the IEP since Fall 2011.



Alex Ricker

Alex obtained a BA in French with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Florida in May 2006. She continued her education at Georgia State University where she graduated with an MA in Applied Linguistics/ESL in May 2011. Prior to teaching in the IEP, Alex taught community ESL to refugee women and tutored ESL students in the IEP tutoring commons. In the summer of 2011, she taught in Beijing, China at Tsinghua University’s English Summer Camp. In August 2011, she joined the GSU IEP team as a visiting lecturer. She has been teaching in the IEP ever since. Alex likes to create an energetic, communicative, and highly interactive classroom. Outside of the IEP, Alex enjoys many activities such as photography, playing her ukulele, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors.

   Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer is a current M.A. student in Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University. In 2010, she received her B.A. in English from the University of Georgia. She has experience teaching English at community-based non-profits, and has also taught English at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Jennifer's interests include materials development, language policy and planning, and second language pedagogy.

Debra Snell

Debra has been an IEP lecturer at Georgia State since 1990, after having received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics/ESL from Georgia State in 1988. Debra’s interests include teacher development and education, corpus linguistics and second language writing and grammar. She has taught EFL in China and Japan, and in Morocco, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then as a Fulbright scholar.

Amanda Starrick

Amanda has been teaching ESL since 1999. She began teaching ESL at the University of Illinois in Springfield while finishing her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology. She received her M.T.E.S.L. from Arizona State University in 2002. While in Arizona, Amanda taught ESL at Scottsdale Community College and for the Salvation Army. She moved to Atlanta in June of 2004 and began teaching for the IEP in August.

Nic Subtirelu

Nic received his M.A. in Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL] from Ball State University (in Muncie, Indiana). He taught in the Intensive English Institute at Ball State before he came to Georgia State in 2011. His interests include sociolinguistics, language ideology, and English as a lingua franca.


Ashley Titak

Ashley has taught in the IEP since 2009 and has a M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language from Georgia State University.  She received her B.A. in English Literature. Ashley loves to travel, and has spent a semester abroad in Hungary studying the Romani. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Applied Linguistics, and is interested in corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, and computer mediated communication. 

Diana Wrenn

Diana earned her MA in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University in 2007 and taught college-level English in Kawasaki, Japan, until 2009. She has also taught English in Indonesia and in local community organizations. She returned to the IEP in January, 2010. She loves meeting people from all over the world. Her other interests include hiking and cooking.