Teachers and Staff
Bonita holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from Columbia University Teachers College and has many years of valuable experience in the ESL field in New York City. She founded Manhattan Language in the year 2000 and has happily watched it develop into a very special school that provides unique learning experiences for hundreds of students every year.
Academic Director/Activities Coordinator
Ellen holds a bachelor degree from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a CELTA certificate which she got while living in Budapest, Hungary. She has traveled, lived and taught throughout Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia. Most recently she was living in Honolulu, Hawaii but decided to return to the East Coast to be closer to family and the exciting city of New York. Ellen really enjoys exploring New York and meeting all the wonderful students at Manhattan Language.
Program Administrator/Marketing Manager
Maggie is a New York native (Long Island to be exact!), and has spent much of her life in and around NYC. She attended Fordham University in the Bronx, where she studied Business, Marketing and Psychology. Maggie has held many roles within the ESL field, which have included teaching, administration, and advising. She loves working in an environment that allows her to communicate with people from all over the world every day.
Office Manager and International Registrar
As a former ESL student herself, Nese knows how challenging it can be to come to a different country to learn a new language. With this in mind, she helps students have the easiest and best experience possible from before they arrive to the moment she hands them their certificate.
“Laughter and learning should go together. There is never a dull moment in my classroom.”
Gerald has lived all around the world and continues to travel whenever he gets the chance. With over 10 years of experience in teaching ESL, Gerald knows how to make his classes both entertaining and informative. His students love that they can learn and have fun at the same time. When he's not handing out gold stars to fantastic students in his classes, he's busy writing novels. He has three out already!
“Our activities are about seeing the “real” New York, not just the one you see in the guide books an movies. I want our students to see all the hidden treasures New York City has to offer.”
After receiving her TEFL certificate in Prague, Susie taught English in the Czech Republic for three years and came to Manhattan Language in 2005. She quickly became known for her classes filled with laughter and her friendly, patient approach. Susie makes sure to include slang and idioms in her classes so that students can learn how native speakers talk and be better able to understand them.
“I have high expectations of my students and push them to do the best they can. But my main goal is to instill in my students the confidence and desire to pursue their goals.”
Anthony came to Manhattan Language in 2007, returning to teaching after working for several years in the financial services industry in New York City. Anthony holds an International MBA from York University and has over 20 years of ESL experience. He has taught English in Japan, Greece, and France, as well as in public schools in the UK and Canada. Drawing on his experience, Anthony has created a very successful Business course at Manhattan Language and frequently teaches classes that help students gain real-world skills like resume writing and passing job interviews.
“I make sure there are no surprises for my students on the day of the test. Once they have the right skills and know what to expect, they will get the best score possible.”
Jason came to Manhattan Language in 2004 after teaching English and TOEFL in Spain and the Czech Republic for nearly a decade. He is TOEFL teacher and has created a very successful program that helps his students master all the skills they need to get a high score. Jason's classes focus on developing and perfecting the skills his students need for each aspect of the TOEFL test. He works hard to make sure that his classes are challenging and accurately reproduce the conditions of the actual test.
“I hear from students in the international community that Manhattan Language is ‘serious, friendly, and creative’ in its commitment to language learning, and I totally agree.”
Larry joined Manhattan Language in 2011 after many years in ESL teaching and administration in New York and abroad. With over 30 years of experience, Larry strongly supports the integrated skills approach that characterizes the Manhattan Language program, and is especially delighted by the way it works in the advanced levels, where he continually works to help students meet and surpass their goals. Larry’s Signature Elective class, English through Film, allows students to explore American culture and build vocabulary and fluency by watching and discussing classic American films.
“There’s no better feeling than seeing a student’s English ability and comfort level grow over time. I love my job!”
Douglas has been teaching at Manhattan Language for over a decade and in that time has come to be known as a grammar expert by students and teachers alike. He is known for the high standards he sets for his students and his ability to help them overcome problems and increase their fluency at any level. He teaches an early morning class for anybody who wants to start practicing English bright and early!
“Learning a new language is always difficult but the ML teachers definitely know how to make it fun.”
Trevor grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to NYC in 2009 after graduating from Ohio University. Before Manhattan Language, Trevor spent two years in South Korea teaching English where he worked with both children and adults. Trevor likes to focus on activities in the classroom to give students a practical way to use the English they have learned. When he is not teaching, you can find Trevor taking the ML students to sporting events around New York City.
“They love it! I love it! It’s always a good time when there's learning happening.”
Micheal comes from the sunshine state of Florida, where everyday is a beach day. He has two master’s degrees in TESOL and Education, where his teaching has lead him to countries like France, Hungary, and Spain. Michael’s classes are packed with an energy and enthusiasm that keeps students engaged and motivated. Outside of the classroom, Michael loves reading and watching movies, especially Sci Fi and horror!
“I love teaching simply because I'm helping people. Remember students, work hard and good things will happen.”
I have been teaching English for most of my life- 35 years! I think I am very lucky because I still love to teach. My main interests outside of work are food, music and travel- Let's say culture in general. Also my interest in natural history has taken me all over the world, including a tiger safari in India, an elephant safari in Africa, and a jaguar safari in the Amazon.