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Kristen Lindstrom

Program Director

Kristen Lindstrom has been with Stratford Language Institute since 2018.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Child Development from California State University and a Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from George Mason University.  Kristen previously worked as a high school ESL teacher for six years in a Virginia public school system.  Kristen lived in Moscow, Russia for two years and traveled abroad to places including Prague, Paris, and Cyprus.  She has a passion for research as well as linguistics and loves working with different cultures and nationalities.

Lakisha Jackson

ESL Adjunct Faculty

Lakisha Jackson has been teaching English as a Second Language at Stratford Language Institute since 2016. Before coming to Stratford University, she made tests for English Learners at the Center for Applied Linguistics for 5 years. She also wrote items and scored field test items for the Pearson Test of English at Second Language Testing, Inc. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Linguistics and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching ESL from George Mason University. While pursuing her Master’s degree, she taught Adult Basic Education and (English for Speakers of Other Languages) ESOL courses in Maryland at the Literacy Council of Prince George’s County. She began her career in education teaching high school English in New York City public schools with a Bachelor of Science in Teaching English Grades 7 – 12 from New York University.

Ravi Pitta

ESL Adjunct Faculty

Ravi Pitta has national and international ESL teaching experience of over 30 years. His educational qualifications are comprised of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and a diploma in TEFL. Having taught at various prominent educational institutions in Thailand and in the USA, Ravi has the experience of teaching students from all ethnic, cultural, linguistic, age, and English fluency backgrounds from all corners of the world. Besides his love for teaching ESL, he enjoys an eclectic collection of interests such as linguistics, public speaking, songwriting, singing, playing the guitar, carpentry, gardening and much more.

Dr. Shana Mashego

ESL Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Shana Mashego holds a Doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology and Voice from The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and has enjoyed a rich career filled with serving students from many parts of the world and service to global citizens in the non-profit sector. Dr. Mashego’s love for teaching began with her training and service at the Center for English as a Second Language at The University of Arizona. Her love for teaching grew into many years of service in the college-level Intensive English classroom including work with the Texas Southern University Arabic Bridge Intensive English Program and the Lone Star College Intensive English Program in Houston, Texas. Dr. Mashego also holds the Master Level TEFL/TESOL Certification with accreditation by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council and she continually seeks out opportunities to develop as an effective Instructor and as a Sociocultural researcher. Dr. Mashego’s passion for teaching is evidenced by her highly-energized teaching style and the sincerity of focus that she bestows upon each of her students.

Cole Schober

ESL Adjunct Faculty

Cole Schober received his M.A. in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute) in Monterey, California. Before coming to Northern Virginia in August of 2019, he taught ESL at the University of Pittsburgh. Cole has also taught English to speakers of other languages in Oregon, California, and Japan. He has been a member of the Oregon TESOL association, and he has been a presenter at California TESOL’s annual convention. In his spare time, Cole enjoys hiking outdoors and traveling to different American states and other countries around the world.