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Date: 05.23.2015
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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 Blue Data.


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,

Claire Tran

Hi there! I’m Claire Tran, an English Teacher and Wedding Photographer in New York City. Originally from the beautiful Northwest city of Seattle, I studied Photography and Politics in the high desert of Arizona. For the past five years I’ve worked as a wedding and fashion photographer in Paris, France, and taught English in New York City in the winter seasons. My greatest joy in life is traveling, making friends and picking up new fabulous recipes from around the world. Prior to teaching in New York, I taught English in Paris, France, Chengdu, China and Seattle, Washington. I’m looking forward to chatting and making new international friends here at Bluedata!

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.


 Eric Holland

Hi, I'm Eric Holland. I'm from Boston and have lived in Taiwan and Japan as well as Honolulu before moving to Brooklyn in 2007.  I graduated from Ithaca College in New York State with Bachelors in TV/Radio and have a Masters in Media Arts from Emerson College in Boston. I have a cat named Sabbath and my bald head is good luck!


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.

Jenniea Carter


Hi! I’m Nia (Jenniea). I was born and raised in New York City—Harlem. I graduated from the City College of New York with of Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. I am addicted to reading books. One of my favorite authors is George Orwell. I recommend reading 1984. In college I also minored in Asian Studies and studied Japanese and Mandarin. My hobbies are writing, reading, playing the piano, and singing karaoke. For my students I want to be a cultural ambassador. I am open to explaining anything; all you have to do is ask


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!

 Bluedata teacher

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.



Natalie Pierre-Noel

It's challenging writing about myself when I am the go-to person for the loved ones in my life. I feel a sense of accomplishment after doing something good for another person; I'm always happy to help (especially over brunch!) I graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College in the spring of 2012 with a B.A. in psychology. That summer, I had the task of being a mentor and assistant teacher for teenage students. No words can describe this experience but I will say this- those were the longest eight weeks of my short time here on this earth. However, they were the most rewarding. I loved every second that I spent with them and I look forward to every one that I can spend teaching you. See you around.