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Date: 11.27.2015
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Hello, my name is Dominic Swaby and I’m originally from New Jersey. I moved to Cincinnati in high school and went to Ohio State University for a bachelor’s in philosophy. Then I enjoyed almost two years in Korea where I learned a ton about a new culture and teaching English. After Korea I made my way to Los Angeles to do an M.A. in philosophy. Although I loved the beaches and weather I decided to return to the east coast after completing my master’s for another change of scenery. I hope my experiences will contribute to creating an interesting and fruitful environment for the students at Bluedata.


Andrea Wilk

I’m a native New Yorker and love showing students some of my favorite New York places on field trips. New York is such a great place to learn English--there’s so much to do (and much of it free)! I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language for about four years, after a first career in publishing. I’ve always loved books and reading and enjoy introducing my students to some of my favorite American writers. I graduated from Vassar College and am now working on a master’s degree in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages.

Hello, my name is Edward Ryan, and I'm very happy to be an instructor at Bluedata. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Saint Francis College and an ESL teaching certificate from The New School in Greenwich Village. In addition, I've studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Acting Studio in Manhattan. As an actor, I love exploring the varied meanings, nuances, and uses of words, so teaching and helping students grow in their ability to appreciate English and communicate confidently in their new language is a thrilling journey for me. I think being bilingual, or multilingual, is a marvelous accomplishment that enriches a person's life in so many significant ways. I greatly admire you for taking on the challenge of learning English, and I will do my best to help you succeed in achieving your educational goals.  
Thank you,

Abe Darrow Burges

Hey Everyone, my name is Abraham Burgess. I was born in Columbia, SC and grew up in Atlanta, GA. I moved to NYC in 2006 to finish my undergraduate degree in Spanish Literature at Hunter College. I love teaching English because I understand how difficult it is to learn a new language as an adult - I had many great teachers in college who really challenged and encouraged me, and I hope to be that teacher to my students. In addition to studying language, I also love music, movies, photography and reading. 


David Soler

Hello, I have two Masters from Yale University and one Master from Columbia University. Also I have years of ESL teaching experience from Brooklyn Institute of Business Technology, ASA Institute College of Advanced Technology, Brooklyn Chinese-American Association and JBC Language School. My specialization is in East Asian languages and literature, I’m especially skilled at working with Asian immigrants. I also work part-time as interpreter for various governmental organizations.


 Natalie Piesse

Hi, my name is Natalie and I have recently moved to New York City from Wellington, New Zealand. Like yourself, I am a long way from home but I love discovering all the amazing sights and activities in this big and exciting city! I have recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a post-graduate certificate in TESOL from Victoria University of Wellington. During the past year I have been teaching at an English Academy for all age groups and levels as well as tutoring English Language to foreign university students. I enjoy travelling, meeting new people and experiencing new languages and cultures. I enjoy teaching English as a Second Language as I love seeing my students grow and become more confident as individuals.


Lisa Elias

Hi!  My name is Lisa Elias, and I am an international teacher who has been teaching English for several  years to businesspeople, students, and children.  I speak Spanish, French and Portuguese, and bits and pieces of other languages.  I hold a B.A.in Urban Affairs from HunterCollege, a Small Business Management Certificate from New YorkUniversity, and my interests includes travel, music and dance.  I have worked in public relations, media sales, and real estate.

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Kyle Ridley

Kyle Ridley received his M.S.Ed. in TESOL from Nazareth College in 2013. Since then, has taught English as a second language to refugees, immigrants, and international students from over 20 countries in language schools, public high schools, and universities. Currently, in addition to working at Bluedata, Kyle teaches ESL for the City University of New York. He enjoys learning new languages as well as teaching them, speaks Spanish, and is now learning French.


Joseph Brandell

I began my undergraduate career at the University of Arizona, ultimately transferring to Eastern Michigan University, where I graduated with my B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduation, I studied Spanish and traveled throughout Guatemala for several months. Living in a foreign country permitted me to gain insight into customs and cultures different from my own and also gave me an understanding of the challenge of not being fluent in the predominant language of a society. This latter experience has enabled me to empathize with my students’ struggles of speaking a foreign language in a foreign land, as I, too, have now had firsthand experience. In addition to teaching, I enjoy listening to music, exercising, writing, traveling, and exploring this great city of ours. I look forward to meeting you!

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Marek Pena

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The City University of New York, Hunter College. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in TESOL at the City College of New York. I have taught ESL as a volunteer with Community Impact at Columbia University, LaGuardia Community College as well as the Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement House. Having lived in many different places, such as Poland, London-UK, Michigan-US and New York, has allowed me to immerse myself within different cultures as well as gain experience in dealing with all types of people. As a non-native speaker of English, I have personally experienced taking the TOEFL exam. This has provided me with different strategies and techniques that students need in order to succeed on the TOEFL exam.

Martha Buckner

Martha is a former television news reporter/anchor. She's worked at several stations including ABC stations in Virginia and Maryland. In New York Martha anchored the morning news at WBLS/WLIB radio. Martha lives in Manhattan with her two cats Louie and Prada. Her home was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.


Constance Winston

An actor by training, Connie holds an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Iowa, an MA in performing arts from Emerson College and a BA in theatre (with a concentration in acting and directing) from SUNY/New Paltz. She enjoys teaching English as a Second Language, as it is way of helping people help themselves, and she strongly believes in the adage: Teach once; learn twice. Occasionally, Connie may be seen on re-runs of Law & Order and Conviction in her recurring role as Judge Shirley Taylor.


Joseph Canaday

Joseph graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a B.A. in American Studies. He has worked in the ESL industry since the year 2000 and has delivered ESL lessons in Tokyo, Shanghai, Daegu, and New York City. Mr Canaday received his ESL certification in New York and also has fond memories of living in Shanghai China from where he made the city his home for nearly 6 years. He believes a key element to teaching ESL in the classroom is to empower all his students to realize that they all can speak the English Language contrary to their most acute inhibitions. In his free time outside of the classroom, Joseph's enjoys creating digital music videos on his computer, in addition to mixing rare house mp3s on his computer.

Anthony Worman

My name is Anthony. I started teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea in 2009. I’ve been returning to it again and again ever since. Besides teaching, I enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring new places.I’ve also taught English in Barcelona and in Santiago de Chile. My favorite parts of the world so far have been Tibet and Gibraltar. My favorite word is “otherwise” and my favorite color is blue.I moved to New York from Philadelphia in February and I am looking forward to exploring the city.



Robert Gossett

I’m a native New Yorker, born and raised in The Bronx with an eclectic background. I've studied in Argentina and worked/lived in Madrid, Spain and The Dominican Republic. I speak English, Spanish, Italian and I know some sign language. I graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Spanish (History, Culture and Language) with a minor in Linguistics. My Masters degree is in General and Special Education from Touro College. I have two advanced certificates one in ESL and the other is in Bilingual Education (English/Spanish). I am a state certified teacher and work for the Department of Education. During the day, I teach at an elementary school in Bushwick, followed by an after school ESL program and finish the day off at Bluedata in the evenings. I enjoy cooking, dancing, traveling, reading, listening to music, and learning about history, culture and languages. For me, to know a language is to know and understand a people..

Matti Havens

Matti Havens was born in the Netherlands and raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Furthermore, he has lived, studied and/or worked in Ecuador, Italy, South Korea, Switzerland and Poland. His first experience teaching was an amazing year spent in South Korea. He is also an experienced artist and earned his MFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, which was followed by a six-month residency in Zurich, Switzerland. He currently lives in Sunnyside, Queens. His diverse experiences abroad has allowed him to be immersed in various cultures and their languages and given him a great appreciation for different perspectives on global issues. He aims to make teaching as interesting and fun as possible with a variety of different approaches to address the differences in students’ learning styley.

Maryam Syed

Hello and welcome to Blue Data New York City! My name is Maryam Syed and I am from across the Hudson River. I have a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design from IADT Tampa and a TEFL certification from TEFL Chicago. I am planning on getting a Masters soon. 
Being born in a Veteran home, I’ve experienced life in many states and countries including Europe, Asia and the Americas. I’ve made lifelong friends and experienced many fascinating cultures. This has broadened my view on life. I believe there is always something to learn and that’s why teaching is close to my heart. 
To me, learning a language can open doors to new thoughts and build the bridges of communication. Therefore, I myself have learned three more languages and am adding a fourth one. The last thing I want to say to you students is, Thank You for sharing your countries with me and now I would like to show you mine.


Aaron D. Lynah

Greetings, thank you for reading my post! My name is Aaron Lynah and I am one of the teachers here at Blue Data. I taught English in Japan for about three years and have just recently returned. Some of my hobbies include designing, dancing, and soccer. I’m looking forward to meeting you..


Nikki Henderson

Hi HI!!   My name is Nikki Henderson and I am from Trinidad and Tobago, two beautiful islands not too far from Venezuela.  I lived on the larger island of Trinidad which was colonized last by England so I am familiar with both British English and American English.  I worked at the school for the deaf for a year before becoming an ESL teacher in 2002.  I miss acting but the classroom is my theater now!   Hope to see you soon!


Jane Pierre

You've taken the time to read my post. Thank you! My name is Jane Pierre and I’m new to Bluedata International Institute.  After nearly ten years of working in administration for universities, non-profits and the U.S. Department of State, I am enjoying the adventure that is teaching Adult Education. I obtained my Bachelor's in Psychology from The George Washington University with a minor in English Language & Literature and am licensed by New York State Department of Education to teach adults in ESOL, Computer Applications and General Academics.  In addition to working in administration I have also worked with and taught life skills to at-risk individuals. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy, hiking, swimming and providing humorous critiques and commentary online and in print.  I look forward to seeing you in class!


Mireille Merza

Mireille has been teaching ESL for more than Five years. She was teaching ESL in South Korea and has recently returned to NYC. She really enjoys, meeting new people and exchanging information !


Ava Cacciolfi

Ava graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 and went on to work in Washington D.C. as a research assistant for a publication on the crisis in Syria. She also spent her time in Nepal volunteering teaching English in a K-7th grade academy and orphanage. Teaching House's CELTA program brought her to New York City in May 2015 where she has decided to call home for the time being.


Jonathan Maniscalco

Hey, my name is Jonathan Maniscalco. I born in Boston Massachusetts and grew up in nearby Cambridge. I graduated from Boston University in 2014 and got my TESOL certificate in 2015 and came to New York almost immediately after. While in Boston I worked at the Somali Development Center teaching both ESL and Civics. I like traveling, skiing, surfing, and reading great books. I’ll see you in class!