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Haggerty English Language Program

Faculty & Staff

Meet the staff and faculty of the Haggerty English Language Program

Connie Perdreau


Connie Perdreau is the current director of the Haggerty English Language Program at SUNY New Paltz. She has more than 30 years experience as an international educator in the United States and France. Connie is the Director Emerita of Education Abroad at Ohio University, where she spent her career prior to returning to her hometown of Beacon, New York, in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Connie has served as the national Chair of Administrators and Teachers of English as a Second Language, and she is a past president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the largest organization in the world devoted to international educational exchange. She is delighted to be the head of this ESL program because she is devoted to international students and successful language learning; Connie is a dual national citizen of the United States and France.

E-mail: perdreac@newpaltz.edu

Jennie Castro


Jennie Castro is the current enrollment coordinator for the Haggerty English Language Program. She is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a minor in Latin American Studies. While studying at SUNY New Paltz, she participated in a study abroad program to Ecuador. Upon returning to the United States, she graduated and soon after began working for the Center for International Programs.

E-mail: castroj@newpaltz.edu

And some of our teachers:


Sarah Elia




Sarah Elia earned a B.A. from Bard College and an M.S. in TESOL from SUNY New Paltz. She has presented at the NYS TESOL Annual Conference and International TESOL on subjects including educational technology, event planning, ESL Orientation, and collaborative work between high school and university ESL programs. She has published articles in the NYS TESOL quarterly publication, Idiom, about Facebook in an IEP, and a Conversation Table event that she organizes for the ESL program. She currently serves as Second Vice President-Elect on the executive board of New York State TESOL.

E-mail: elias@newpaltz.edu

James Phillips

James Phillips



James Phillips earned his TESL graduate degree at New Paltz in 1996. Since then he has taught here while raising his growing family with his wife. Their favorite activities include family walks, bike rides and "wrestling." He also enjoys answering and asking questions of new students who are adjusting to life in America.

E-mail: phillipj@newpaltz.edu

Catherine Siska


Cathy Siska graduated from Texas Tech State University in 1981 and 1985 with a B.A. and M.A. in German Language and Literature and a minor in music. She later received her Texas State Teaching Certificate in Secondary English and ESL at Stephen F. Austin State University. She studied abroad in Vienna, Austria in 1981, and in 1982-83, she was a Rotary International Scholar at Ruprecht-Karl Universitaet in Heidelberg, Germany. She has taught in ESL programs at Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Vanderbilt University, Austin Peay State University, and SUNY New Paltz. She has also taught at four different private language schools in Duesseldorf, Germany and Nitra, Slovakia. In addition, Cathy coordinated two ESL programs in Texas and Tennessee. She is a member of TESOL.

E-mail: siskac@newpaltz.edu

Adjunct Faculty  

Jessica Marchi

 Jessica Marchi


Jessica Marchi earned a B.A. from Syracuse University and a M.S. in TESOL from SUNY New Paltz. She is currently working on a post Master's Certificate in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz in order to better understand and serve diverse learners. Jessica has taught both ESL and English for High Schools in the Hudson Valley. Aside from teaching, Jessica coaches varsity cheerleading for a near by high school. She loves helping people reach their goals and is very happy to be working with the Haggerty English Language program.

 E-mail: marchij@newpaltz.edu

Lisa Rost Lewis

Lisa Lewis

Lisa Rost Lewis has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University. Lisa has enjoyed teaching in many kinds of ESL/EFL settings, including a kindergarten in Japan, a high school in Detroit, an adult education program, an international automobile company, and nearly 10 years as a full time instructor in the Haggerty English Language Program. Along the way she has done some textbook editing and teacher training. She stopped teaching for a while to raise her family and help manage her husband's company, but she is happy to be back! Lisa feels lucky that her life is full of interactions with people from diverse cultures and language backgrounds.

E-mail: lewisl@newpaltz.edu

Warren Wilson

Warren Wilson


Warren Wilson has an M.A. in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Teachers College at Columbia University.  He has been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) for more than 25 years and has also been involved in writing ESL textbooks since 1989.  He continues to write and publish ESL materials. He lived and worked in Japan for six years, and have also lived in Europe and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.

E-mail: wilsonw@newpaltz.edu

Pablo del Olmo

Candace James
Email: jamesc@newpaltz.edu

Christine Krug
Email: krugc@newpaltz.edu



HELP's Professional Affiliations


HELP is one of only 60 of more than 400 intensive English programs to be accepted for membership in UCIEP (University Consortium Of Intensive English Programs). We are also members of AAIEP (American Association of Intensive English Programs) and NAFSA, the Association of International Educators. HELP has also endorsed the Core Standards of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).