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 learned second languages and 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.

Sara Rose

Sara Rose

English Teacher Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator
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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, learning Danish and attending a Danish college. In 1981, she received her M.Ed., 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.


Lyle Nash

Lyle Nash

Director
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A California native, Lyle Nash has traveled the world, living and working in Central and South America, West Africa, the Middle East and East Asia. Fluent in Spanish and French and conversant in Portuguese, he has also studied Japanese, Arabic, and Kiswahili, and he has worked as a translator both in the U.S. and abroad. He holds a doctorate in Spanish literature (Rutgers), and he has taught ESL for many years both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Nash is the seventh Director in the 45-year history of the English Language Center.


Denise Link-Farajali

Denise Link-Farajali

English Teacher Specialist
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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!


Sarah Bridgett

Sarah Bridgett

English Teacher Specialist
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Passionate about international education and languages, Sarah Bridgett has been working as an educator most of her adult life, earning a B.A. from Towson University in Foreign Languages (Spanish) and an M.A. in ESL with a minor in Educational Leadership at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin online college. Sarah has studied abroad in Spain and Indonesia, taught English reading to refugee youth in Seattle with the Americorps service program, and worked as a bilingual English/Spanish teacher to Latino families at Goucher College in Maryland. As an intern with TU's International Students and Scholars Office, she created the Towson University Friends of Internationals program, and after volunteering at the English Language Center for several years as a tutor, teacher's assistant, and event coordinator, she is excited to be an English Teaching Specialist. When not working and studying, Sarah enjoys the outdoors, books, movies and podcasts.


Jeff Haas

Jeff Haas

English Teacher Specialist

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Born and raised in Maryland, Jeff Haas has experience at Towson University as a student, administrator and instructor.  For 20 years, he served as the Director of International Admissions, traveling the world to attract international students to attend Towson, thereby acquiring strong interests in cross cultural communication, International English, and Southeast Asia. Jeff earned an A. A. from Harford Community College, a B.S. from Towson University, an M.P.A. from the University of Baltimore, and an M.A. TESOL from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has taught all levels of ESOL at Towson for six years.  He enjoys travel, running, The New York Times, Baltimore sports teams, and wine tastings, not necessarily in that order. 


Barbara Phillips

Barbara Phillips

Administrative Program Specialist
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