Administrators, Staff & Faculty

The faculty and staff of LCI are all native or bilingual speakers of English who have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and several years of teaching experience. Many have completed several years of university graduate level work. Most speak at least one language in addition to English and some speak two or more foreign languages. The majority have worked or studied in another country. The faculty office is located in near the main office. Students are encouraged to discuss any class-related issues with their instructors in the faculty office.

The main administrative office is typically open from 9:00 AM -5:00 PM Monday-Thursday (office hours are subject to change; please call the main office for information about our most current hours). The main office is closed Friday. Students who need assistance with immigration matters or more complicated school-related questions need to make an appointment with Dr. Braswell, the Director, or Tammy Karakas, the Registrar. An appointment guarantees a meeting with the Registrar or the Director. Without an appointment, a student may have to return another day. Help with more general school-related information is available at the front desk of the main office.


Director: Dr. Jo-Len Braswell

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  • Ph.D. from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • M.A. and B.A. from University of California, Berkley

Registrar and Student Advisor: Tammy Karakas

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  • M.A. in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University
  • B.A. in German Language/Literature from Wayne State University
  • Studied in Germany in Tuebingen and Boppard
  • Taught History, Civics, Writing/Projects, German, and Multicultural Studies at a high school/middle school
  • Interned in Admissions Office at Walsh College
  • Taught ESL at LCI for 12 years
  • At LCI since 1999

Curriculum Administrator and Instructor: Kristin Homuth

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  • M.A. in TESOL, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S. in Education, Secondary Emphasis, Central Michigan University
  • Taught 6th grade social studies and Language Arts at an international school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Has worked with students from preschool to adults
  • Published in TESOL's "New Ways of Classroom Assessment"
  • Presented multiple times at the annual MITESOL conference
  • LCI instructor since 2013

Lead Instructor: Alison Roberts

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  • M.A. in TESOL from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • B.A. Latin American Studies and TESOL from Brigham Young University
  • Taught ESL in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico
  • Taught ESL at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah
  • Taught ESL at a community-based program for immigrants in Utah
  • LCI instructor since 2013

Main Office Staff

Renee Wright

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  • BA in Psychology, Wayne State University
  • MA in Liberal Studies University of Detroit Mercy
  • Juris Doctor Candidate, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Alexis Wyatt



Full-time Instructors

Courtney Hedeman

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  • M.Ed. in TESOL, Grand Valley State University
  • BA in elementary education with a minor in TESOL, Michigan State University
  • Taught ESL at a community-based program for refugee adults in Grand Rapids, MI
  • LCI instructor since 2014

Linda Probert

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  • M.A. in Linguistics, TESL Cert., Oakland University, Rochester, MI 
  • Member TESOL International Association  
  • Taught ESL Adult Education at Casa Amiga, Pontiac, MI       
  • Studied French in Montpellier, France 
  • LCI Instructor since 2014


Part-time Instructors

Tuba Celik

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  • M.A. in Linguistics from California State University, Fullerton,CA
  • B.A.  in American Culture and Literature from Bilkent University, Ankara,Turkey
  • Taught EFL at Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey
  • Taught ESL at Orange Coast College and Santiago Canyon College in California
  • Currently teaching ESL at LCI

Zahra Enssaif

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  • MA in Applied Linguistics
  • From Saudi Arabia
  • Taught ESL in Saudi Arabia and the United States
  • LCI instructor since 2013

Zina Hermez

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  • B.A. in English; History Minor, Oakland University
  • Associates of Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • English teacher at automotive companies, since 2007
  • Former tutor of children with special needs, Reading and Language Arts Centers
  • Postgrad courses in Phonics and Educational and Child Psychology
  • Freelance writing
  • LCI instructor since 2011

Tiffany Johnson

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  • B.A. in TESOL
  • MA TESOL in progress at Eastern Michigan University
  • Taught English in the United Arab Emirates for 3 years
  • LCI instructor since 2016

Kinsey Durham

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  • M.A. in TESOL, Michigan State University
  • B.A. in Secondary Education (English major, math minor), Hope College
  • Taught EFL as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar
  • Taught ESL at the English Language Center at Michigan State University
  • Taught EFL to tourism students and conducted teacher training as an English Language Fellow in Dili, East Timor
Adam Kavetsky

Mirela Najtellari

Patricia Nomoto

Erin Pak

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  • MA TESOL and Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • BA in Linguistics and minor in TESOL from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Taught English in Hunan Province, China for 2.5 years; taught for 2 years as a teacher mentor in Jiangxi Province, China
  • Taught for 2 years in an Intensive English Program at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville; Adjunct Academic English instructor at Florida State College in Jacksonville
  • 5 years experience recruiting and sending teachers to China through English Language Institute China

Anna Storoshchuk