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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.

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.

William (Bill) Muirhead

ESL Adjunct Faculty

Bill Muirhead studied music at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and Business Administration at the University of Connecticut. He operated a family business in Connecticut for twenty years and moved to the D.C. area in the year 2000. There, he obtained a CELTA certificate to begin a new career in ESL. In 2009, he earned his Masters in Education (TESOL) from Shenandoah University.

Having traveled extensively as a young man, Bill chose ESL partially as an opportunity to remain in touch with different cultures around the world. Throughout his life, Bill has believed that immigration continues to be a critical asset to American society and is honored to play a role in helping recent immigrants who, as he puts it, come with “Old world values and New World opportunities”.