Intensive English Program


Lily Anderson

Lily is a Virginia-raised language-lover who recently spent nine years teaching English language learners in China. She graduated from Huntington College in 2003 and in 2013 finished her masters at Indiana Wesleyan, both in education. She also studied media as an undergraduate, and received her CELTA certificate in 2005. In her spare time Lily enjoys cooking, knitting, reading, and playing soccer.

Caroline Borden
Senior Lecturer

Caroline is a lecturer and assessment coordinator at the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University. She has taught English at the university, in high school, and at an adult detention center. In 2012, she completed her MA with EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She loves learning and teaching other people languages. This summer she will be teaching Intensive English for Peacebuilders for the third year with the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

Cindy Byler

Cindy teaches Grammar and Reading, Writing and Research in the Intensive English Program.
She has a degree in education from Bluffton University with thirteen years of experience teaching international and cross-cultural students in U.S. settings and eight years of international experience in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. She and her husband have returned to Harrisonburg following the completion of a six year term as representatives in the Middle East for Mennonite Central Committee. Cindy appreciates the increasing international diversity at EMU and enjoys relating to the students at the IEP and the broader Harrisonburg community.

Sarah Cowles

Sarah teaches Integrated Skills and Reading, Writing, and Research in the IEP program. With a degree in Fine Art and a stint in photography for Rosetta Stone, she comes at language learning from a multi-media perspective. She lived in Austin, TX for 5 years and worked in web design and video production. A love for travel and education lead her to get a CELTA certificate from the University of Texas in 2013. She has studied Greek and French, and wants to learn Mandarin. She’s lived in Japan and the Philippines, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and the Carribean. Creating and learning about culture are her passions.

Eric Eberly

Eric has taught English as a Foreign Language in China and South Korea for nearly 10 years. He holds an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Azuza Pacific University in Azuza, California and enjoys working at the intersection where language teaching and peacemaking meet. His hobbies include mountain biking, reading and finding ways to stay connected with Chinese people and issues.

Kathy Fisher
Senior Lecturer

Kathy is a graduate of EMU and of Temple University. She has taught mostly ESL (or EFL) at EMU and Ohio State Univ. in the US, and at King Saud Univ. and the Institute for Public Admin in Saudi Arabia,and at the University of the UAE. She was the Supplemental Instruction Director at JMU for a number of years, but has now returned to EMU to teach a class in the IEP and a college writng course. After living abroad for so many years, she also believes that the Shenandoah Valley may be one of the best places to live in the world.
She thanks her husband, Al Keim (no longer living) for bringing her here.

Dave Graybill
Senior Lecturer

Dave Graybill teaches Intermediate and Advanced courses in the Intensive English Program. Dave holds a B.A. from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., and a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. From 2002 to the end of 2004, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, where he taught English and U.S. Country Studies at Izmail State Liberal Arts University. Dave also has extensive experience as a writer, editor, and software content developer.

Dwight Martin
Senior Lecturer

Dwight Martin teaches a variety of courses at the IEP. His experience includes teaching English in numerous settings for over fifteen years. He recently completed a M.A. in Education at EMU. Dwight is married to Pam Martin. They have two children, Dara and Rachelle. Dwight also performs professionally as a guitarist and vocalist in restaurants and for special events.

Cynthia McLendon

Cynthia teaches Grammar, Integrated Skills, and Listening, Speaking, and Vocabulary in the Intensive English Program. She has a BA in Anthropology from LSU, a JD from the University of Memphis School of Law, and an MA in TESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute. She loves animals and has two cats, Sashi and Sami, and a hamster, Frodo Lebowski.

Steve Shenk

Steve primarily teaches intermediate listening and speaking at IEP. His previous English-teaching experience was in Japan, where he grew up in a missionary family. A history education graduate of EMU, Steve spent most of his career in writing, editing and marketing. For 11 years he was EMU’s director of communications.

M Esther Showalter

Maria Esther has taught English as a Second Language and Spanish in both her native country Bolivia and the United States since 1993. She taught ESL at the Even Start Family Literacy program in Washington, DC. She earned her M.A. in Education from George Mason University in 2004. She was an ESL and Spanish instructor at Dayton Learning Center and has also taught Spanish at James Madison University. Aside from teaching she served as the Office Coordinator for the Intensive English Program at EMU. Maria Esther, her husband Mark and son Jonathan live in Harrisonburg. She enjoys teaching and being part of this community.

Micah Shristi

In addition to teaching courses in the Intensive English Program, Micah Shristi provides services for international students in his role as International Student Advisor. He served in Nepal with Mennonite Central Committee (2008-20012) and in Colombia with Mennonite Mission Network (2003-2005). His ESL teaching experience includes teaching positions in Kathmandu, Nepal; Bogotá, Colombia and Washington DC. Micah graduated from EMU in 2000 with a degree in English and he went on to complete a masters in Industrial Technology at Appalachian State University.

James Smoot

James Smoot teaches integrated skills and reading, writing, and research courses in the IEP. He has taught English for more than twenty years in China, Poland, Slovenia, Syria, Turkey and several other countries. In 2010 he completed his Ph.D. in Cultural and Religious Studies at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. James speaks Turkish and some Spanish and Slovene. He has also worked as a journalist and carpenter. His passions are bicycles, squash, and wandering the forests looking for mushrooms.

Jenny Wagner

Jenny graduated from EMU in 2006 with a degree in teaching ESL and grades K-6. She taught ESL in the Harrisonburg City Public Schools for a number of years and completed her masters in reading education in 2013. She enjoys reading, riding her bike, spending time with her family, and her involvement with Early Church.

Adjunct Faculty


Kathleen Roth
Director, Department Head

Kathleen Roth is the director for the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University. She has 20 years of experience teaching and 15 years of experience in educational administration and organizational consulting. She has her bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California and her master’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She and her family served with Mennonite Central Committee in Botswana, Africa.

Joyce Gingerich
IEP Office Coordinator

Joyce grew up in the multi-cultural city of Youngstown, Ohio. She attended Eastern Mennonite College where she studied Elementary Education. She married Paul Gingerich, a graduate of EMC. They lived in Kidron, Ohio for over 30 years, relating to students at Central Christian High School. She moved to the Harrisonburg, VA community in December of 2011 to be near her two grown children, both graduates of EMU. Joyce is thrilled to be working at the Intensive English Program. She greatly enjoys relating to the International students who study at the IEP.

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