Staff/Faculty

Our friendly faculty and staff welcome you!

NLS’s administrators and staff strive to provide the best services and assistance for all students; from admissions and orientation to advising and the immigration and financial office. Our energetic and caring instructors have appropriate education and extensive experience in the field of teaching English as a second language. Our faculty members provide students with the student-centered attention and instruction needed to help them achieve their goals and needs.

 Joir Gomez Kamphuis
Assistant Director/ Student Services
 Joir was born in sunny Barranquilla, Colombia, where he started his professional studies in Journalism and Communications at Universidad del Norte. He moved to the United Sates and expanded his education in the field of linguistics and second language learning at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

He started teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students and adults in 2006 and has been working as an administrator since 2012. His professional interests include adult education, language acquisition, IEP administration and standards of good practice. As the assistant director and student services coordinator, he enjoys making sure that students receive quality services in a friendly learning environment. He also enjoys spending time with his family and pets.

 

Anna Capell
Program Coordinator/ Instructor

Anna was born and raised in Poland and has always had a passion for the English Language and Linguistics. She attended the University of Wroclaw, Poland and in 2001 graduated with a Master’s Degree in English (specialization in ESL/Linguistics). She further pursued her interests and in 2002 obtained a Postgraduate Degree in Communication and Public Relations from the Institute of Political Science at the University of Wroclaw, Poland.

Anna’s professional background encompasses years of providing ESL instruction and communication coaching services to major global businesses, colleges and universities with the student body from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds including Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe. With her expertise, international background, professional experience, and a global vision of communication, Anna joined the Nile Language School team.

In addition, Anna speaks fluent Polish, fair Italian and fair Spanish. She holds a dual U.S./Polish citizenship and currently resides in the State of New Jersey with her husband. In her leisure, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She appreciates art, music, fashion, dancing and dining out in the heart of Manhattan.

 

Eileen Fitzmaurice
Instructor

Eileen received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Rowan University and a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. After working as a magazine editor in New York City for many years, she became a health educator, teaching ages 4-94 about mental health and how to prevent suicide and substance abuse.

Her ESL career began when she was trained as an ESL Volunteer for her local library, combining both her passion for learning about other cultures and her love of English. Currently, she volunteers as an ESL tutor for adults at the library, tutors Chinese students online, and is especially fond of her adult ESL learners at NLS! Eileen’s family and lovable dog, Mongo, are often mentioned in her lessons and she feels she learns just as much from her students as they do from her. One day she hopes you will see her name on the children’s book she has been writing since she was 9 years old.

 

Pauline Karakat
Instructor

As an ESL/English Language Arts Instructor, Pauline likes working with those who want to master the English language in their daily lives. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for the language with students who are eager to learn and open to creative teaching methods.

Pauline graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Travel and International Studies from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. After that, she decided to focus on helping non-native English speakers with her TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification in Indonesia; for more than a year, she taught English to students of all ages. As one of two native English speakers on the teaching staff, she was responsible for editing her Indonesian colleagues’ students’ progress reports before distribution and the school’s quarterly newsletter.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling to domestic and international locations, reading, writing short stories, watching movies, visiting museums, and other cultural pursuits.