The educators at EnglishBCS are highly qualified, dedicated, and caring. Before forming EnglishBCS, they were lecturers together at Texas A&M University’s English Language Institute, an English for Academic Purposes program and intensive English program with prestigious Commission on English Language Program (CEA) accreditation. Each has a master’s degree and years (or decades) of experience encouraging language development and acculturation.
Catherine McIntyre, Director
Teaching is her passion everyone can learn!
Catherine A. McIntyre joined the English Language Institute at Texas A&M University in January of 2006. Mrs. McIntyre has taught every subject area and level, focusing on culture, vocabulary development, and composition for the basic and intermediate levels. She earned a Masters of Education from Regent University with a certificate in TESOL.
As a military wife, she taught English with Laubauch Literacy Mission, Army Community Services, and other local civic and church organizations across five continents. She also worked as a high school substitute teacher and Adult Basic Educator in Prince William County School of VA, full time as an ESL teacher in Bryan TX ISD, and as a specialty tutor for Associate Degree Nursing ESL students at Blinn Community College.
Since joining the ELI faculty she has co-presented locally and in Costa Rica on accelerating English acquisition for parents and educators with ChildreNinos, and on improving spelling for ESL students in TxTESOL Regional and State conferences.
She has presented on ELI programs to the TAMU International Graduate Student Association, Reveille Club of Houston, the Noon Lion’s Club, and the Houston Aggies Lunch Club.
She served from 2006-2016 as the TAMU Faculty Advisor to The Wells Project, a student organization that raises funds to build fresh water wells for impoverished villages in Africa and South America. The Wells Project began at TAMU and has spread across the US to more than 20 other universities and has built more than 30 wells.
Catherine began teaching English to speakers of other languages as a Ruam Rudi High School student in Bangkok, Thailand in 1968. Her first students were unwed mothers who needed to learn conversational English. Since that time, she has had a heart for people who need education in order to take care of themselves and their families. Regardless of bad choices and worse circumstances, people can advance in careers and in understanding of the world if they persevere in education.
Maradee Ulbrich has been an English educator for the past 20 years. After receiving degrees in English, French, and Education, she began serving students at colleges and universities in Texas, Louisiana, California, and Hong Kong. She has experience editing, tutoring, and teaching writing to students from six continents in almost every subject area. Her fields of expertise include advanced-level writing instruction, grammar, punctuation, research skills, resumes, and MLA style. She enjoys working with students individually and in classroom or workshop settings. She aims to positively motivate students with organized lessons, energetic presentations, and helpful feedback.
Maradee served as the Assistant Director and ESL Specialist at the University Writing Center of University of Houston-Clear Lake before becoming the Writing Center Coordinator at San Jacinto College South. As a lecturer and program aide at the English Language Institute in Texas A&M, she taught advanced composition to international students, presentation skills to Mays Business School students, and intercultural communication to university advising staff.
In her free time, Maradee enjoys life in College Station with her husband, who graduated from TAMU and works locally as a software engineer, and her young son, who is full of energy and has a surprising vocabulary for a toddler. She likes to read fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and spiritual books and is inspired by magazines about cooking and home decorating. She loves to travel as well; she’s been to 20 countries and enjoys learning new things about other cultures.
She has experience editing, tutoring and teaching
Multilingual linguist and translator
Sema Pulak holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Bosphorus University (Istanbul, Turkey), Diplome de Langue in French Literature and Art History from L’Alliance Francaise (Paris, France), and an M.A. in Spanish Literature with a minor in Education from Texas A&M University.
She is a multilingual linguist (Turkish, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Latin) and translator with over twenty years of language instruction and translation experience. Mrs. Pulak has resided and attended schools (Germany and France) and traveled in various countries abroad, which are necessary components for effective teaching in a second language.
Sema is an accomplished educator who has all the qualities to prepare her international graduate and undergraduate students to achieve the language proficiency needed to succeed at higher levels of education.
She was an instructor at the English Language Institute at Texas A&M University from 1999 until its closing in 2017, teaching all subject areas at all levels. Sema also taught several special topics courses over the years, including an integrated course for prospective TAs from the Physics department as well as English for Math & English for Chemical Engineering for a group of sponsored students (SABIC) from Saudi Arabia to advance the program’s goals.
Furthermore, she effectively trained new teachers both within the program and overseas, specifically in Doha, Qatar.
Among her professional interests are oral skills, specifically accent reduction and formal/informal presentation, writing/technical communication, idiom/word etymology, and the application of affective filter/motivation through humor and skits to create an ideal classroom atmosphere.
An applied linguist, Ginessa (Lawson) Payne enjoys the challenge of using linguistics to solve real-world problems, such as anticipating and preventing miscommunication, particularly with adult learners of English.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Yale University with distinction in the major. After working in a technical writing company developing user guides and educational software, she earned a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA, studying under applied linguists such as Lyle Bachman (language assessment), Marianne Celce-Murcia (grammar and discourse analysis), Donna Brinton (pedagogy), and Janet Goodwin (second-language pronunciation).
Her efforts to study other languages (Chinese, Latin, Spanish, and Russian) have given her insights into the language learning process, as well as respect and compassion for her ESL students. Her travels have taken her to Taiwan, China, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scandinavia, and Germany. Ginessa has taught ESL in higher education (Texas A&M University, UCLA, Houston Community College, Northern Virginia Community
College, and George Mason University) and in other contexts (high school summer camp, test prep tutoring, business language training, and workshops for professionals). She has taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels and discrete skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening, as well as grammar and vocabulary.
She has rated the SPEAK exam, measuring oral skills of international teaching assistants, for UCLA and for GMU. At Texas A&M University’s intensive English program, she served as the chair of the accreditation committee; she has been trained by the accrediting agency CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and volunteered as a site reviewer. Ginessa is active in the professional association Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and has co-presented on topics ranging from spelling instruction to textbook adoption.
She considers it a joy and privilege to work with motivated, mature, intelligent people from around the world, to improve their communication and help them reach their goals.
Her student’s success is her success
She started language education at an early age
Ann Willaert studied languages for most of her life. Her language education started at an early age in Belgium with Flemish, French, English and German, and she continued studying languages at the University of Leuven where she earned a Master’s Degree in Slavic Languages and Cultures and a degree in Higher Education. Languages studied included Russian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, and Old-Church Slavonic. She studied abroad at the University of Warsaw, Poland, and worked as a translator in Russia.
For her Master’s thesis, she did research in the areas of international relations and diplomacy between Belgium and Russia in the 1830’s. After teaching Russian in an adult education program and working for various businesses in Brussels, she moved to the United States in 1998 and became a French instructor, counselor and Head of the high school in a private school in Bryan.
She earned a Texas Educator Certificate in English as a Second Language, French, and Russian. Ms. Willaert participated in 300+ hours of professional development in the last decade and served as a member of the jury of the Texas French Symposium for several years. Latest conferences attended
were the TESOL Conferences in 2015 in Toronto, Canada, and in 2015 and 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, where she gave a lecture with 2 colleagues from the ELI on how to teach cultural differences. Ms. Willaert joined the English Language Institute at Texas A&M University in 2012.
She taught a wide variety of skills such as Oral Skills, Listening Skills, Grammar, Vocabulary, and American Customs and Culture. This last class was a semester long orientation in which international students get the opportunity to experience, share, and express their adjustment to college life in the United States.
As part of an interdepartmental collaboration, students from Texas A&M’s English and Education departments joined these ELI students each week to discuss cultural differences. While TAMU students learned leadership and teaching skills, the ELI students overcame their initial fears of speaking and communicating, and practiced the skills learned in other classes in a non-threatening environment. Ms. Willaert’s interests include the foreign language acquisition process in children, cultural differences, and changes in cultural awareness due to living abroad.
Regina Peters has been teaching English Composition classes since 2002. She began her career as a teaching assistant at Purdue University while she pursued her Master’s of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. After graduating in 2005, she moved back to Texas and taught developmental writing courses at Prairie View A&M University.
Most recently, she has relocated to the Bryan/College Station area where she taught composition and developmental writing courses at Blinn College. In addition to holding her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, she also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Redlands where she completed a double major in Creative Writing and Spanish.