Faculty & Staff

Our highly qualified, experienced, and caring teachers and staff have lived, worked, and taught all over the world. They will teach you the academic and inter-cultural communication skills you need to be successful and will help you to adjust to your new life in America.

Faculty members hold graduate degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), English, linguistics or related fields and have extensive experience teaching English as a second language. Many have taught, worked and traveled abroad. They understand the challenges of living and studying in a foreign language and country. We all enjoy learning about other cultures and want to make the students’ experiences exciting, comfortable, and enriching.

Shelley Etzine



Shelley Etzine is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, where she graduated with a BA in English Literature and a post-graduate degree in Personnel Management and Training. Shelley is a passionate advocate for the arts in education and worked in marketing at the renowned Market Theater in Johannesburg after getting a degree in Arts Administration from the City University in London. She received her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the New School in New York. Shelley has been teaching English for Academic Purposes since 1991. She has lived and studied abroad, so she has first-hand experience of the challenges that international students face adjusting to life in a new culture.

Anne Colgan

English Teacher Specialist


Anne Colgan was born in Malaysia, raised on a farm near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and now makes Baltimore her home base.  She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Ohio University. A second-generation Peace Corps volunteer, Anne grew up hearing stories about her parents’ overseas adventures and has always been fascinated with exotic people and places. She did her Peace Corps service in Yemen, where she learned just enough Arabic to buy qat in the local suq in Old Sana’a. She has also taught in Sudan. In 1993 she began teaching at the ELC and she’s been happily rooted here ever since.

Sara Rose

English Teacher Specialist


Sara Rose, after high school, decided to travel abroad to experience a different part of the world. Her journey took her to Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied, lived and worked for twenty years. In 1981, she received her M.Ed. from Blaagaard Teacher College, specializing in English and religion. Since earning her degree, she has taught English, worked with refugees and immigrants, and directed an English as a Second Language (ESL) program. She has also been vice-president and president of Maryland TESOL (an English as a Second Language (ESL) professional organization) In addition to teaching and traveling, Sara loves literature, music, films, and above all, her family

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Mark McTague

English Teacher Specialist


Mark McTague received his M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Hawaii in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He has spent over six years in Korea, where he met his wife, and they have three grown children. He has been teaching ESL since 1974, the past twenty years here at Towson University. When he's not teaching, he loves to read, work in his garden, and write.

Denise Link-Farajali

English Teacher Specialist


A born teacher, Denise Link-Farajali has been creating a "family" in every class she teaches at TU for the last 14 years by joyfully infusing humor and music throughout.  She earned her Ed.M. in Foreign Language Instruction (English as a Second Language (ESL) and French) at SUNY Buffalo after receiving her B.A. in French and International Relations at the University of Rochester. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) now for nearly 35 years, her passions include decorating, fashion, cooking, travel, and precious moments with her amazing foreign-born husband!

Jeff Haas

English Teacher Specialist


Judi Snider

English Teacher Specialist

Cara Aaron

English Teacher Specialist

Liz van Amerongen

Administrative Staff


Pegah Hedayatpour

Administrative Staff

Nic Mueller

Student Worker - Graphic Designer/Social Media Coordinator
Email: elctowson@gmail.com



Nic Mueller was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she attended a local arts high school. As a current junior, she is double majoring in Design Studies and Women & Gender Studies with a track in Gender, Health, and Sexuality and a minor in LGBT Studies. In her free time she loves playing with her dog, watching documentaries, and exploring new, exciting places.  

Lina Dromina

Student Worker - Front Desk


Anuhya Vyasam

Graduate Assistant