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 near the main office. Students are encouraged to discuss any class-related issues with their instructors in the faculty office.

Main Administrative Office Hours.  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

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

Registrar, Student Advisor, and Instructor: Tammy Karakas

  • Email Tammy
  • 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
  • At LCI since 1999

Lead Instructor:  Courtney Hedeman

  • Email Courtney
  • 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

Main Office Staff

Nailah Brown

Ashley Helmreich




Full-time Instructors

Linda Probert

  • Email Linda
  • 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

  • Email Tuba
  • 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

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

Zina Hermez

  • Email Zina
  • 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


Adam Kavetsky


Michael McLelland

Mirela Najtellari

Patricia Nomoto

Steven Taillard