Teachers

The Academia at Target ISC is dedicated to providing challenging courses in a supportive environment. We strive to represent the highest standards in teaching and learning.

Integrity, accountability and leadership are the main principles underlying the work of Target ISC’s Academic Department.

All our teachers are native English speakers born and raised in the United States. Some are multi-lingual and have traveled and lived outside of the U.S. The purpose of an ESL Teacher at Target is to assist in the educational process by imparting his/her knowledge of the English language in a professional and organized manner.

Teacher’s Bios

 

Adrien Bignet

Born in France and having lived in many different countries including China, Adrien Bignet is a well traveled teacher who has been teaching for the past four years.

Adrien graduated with the Masters degree from the University of Edinburg in Politics and Philosophy.  He obtained his TEFL from the Boston Language Institute.  He taught English in China for two years before joining our team at Target in 2014.

By applying his extensive knowledge of languages (he can speak five!) he brings a well rounded approach to his classroom and will always strive to create a learning positive environment

 

Daniel Bradley

Daniel was born in a town about 18 miles north of Boston and have lived in the Boston area for his entire life. He received his B.A. in English from Salem State College and his M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. For several years he taught college writing classes on a part-time basis for North Shore Community College. He has also worked for a small publishing company as a proofreader/ copyeditor. Daniel got his ESL teaching certificate from Boston Academy of English in April 2010. He has been working for Target ISC since June of that year. He has always enjoyed teaching adults, and he find teaching international students especially satisfying and says, “It’s very exciting meeting people from all over the world and learning about their cultures.”

 

Ebrahim Nasher

Originally from Yemen, Ebrahim Nasher received his Master Degree in TESOL from St. Johns University, NY. He is certified in TESOL from Brooklyn College, NY. He has been teaching English as a Second Language since 2004 and started for our school in June 2015 all while working on a PHD proposal in Phonology and Phonetics.  Additionally, he became a member of the TESOL International Association in 2009 and a member of the Linguistics Society of America in 2011.

By constantly attending seminars, workshops, and webinars, he is always on the lookout for methods to help him transfer all his academic knowledge and experience to the classroom.  He strongly believes that teaching English through content areas is more beneficial and leads to positive outcomes for our students. He encourages his students to practice English and uses varieties of games and strategies in all English skills.

As a professional educator with diverse experience and strong track record fostering students’ centered curriculum and creativity, he is committed to professional ethics, standards of practice, care, and education of young and adult learners.

 

Nicholas Tart

Nicholas Dasilva Tart was born in Gloucester, MA to an American father and a Portuguese mother but grew up four hours north, in a small town in central Maine. He studied English and Philosophy at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, where he graduated in 2014.

He got his CELTA in Boston before the end of 2014 and spent 2015 teaching English to children and teenagers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, coming home after one year abroad. He joined Target ISC in early 2016 and looks forward to continuing to meet wonderful students from all over the world while continuing his professional development and ongoing education as a teacher.

 

Patrick O’Connell

Patrick O’Connell is a Massachusetts licensed ESL teacher. He received his master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from U Mass Boston in 2014. He is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish and has worked as an ESL teacher at New Bedford High School, at Dorcas International and as a citizenship instructor at Centro-Latino. He recently started teaching ESL at U Mass Boston, and most recently has joined the team at Target International Student Center as an ESL teacher.

 

Lubna Mohammed

Lubna Mohammed has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for over ten years. She has been assigned as an EFL master trainer for five years by the British Council to do higher level works for the English Project in Yemen. Prior to her visit to the USA, she has been selected as a project member for Spectacle Learning Media Project focusing on the Principle of Mentoring in Education.

In 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship through Humphrey Fellowship Program where she got the chance to attend many workshops on leadership and other conferences related to her profession in USA. Besides, she obtained her certificate program in Teaching of English as a Second Language for the academic year 2014-2015 from Boston University, School of Education.

 

Lucas Meier

Lucas Meier is originally from the Boston area, but began traveling internationally as an AFS high school exchange student when he was sixteen years old. Since then he has lived and travelled in many different destinations within the US and abroad, including California, Germany, Spain, and Turkey. Aside from being a naive English speaker, he is proficient in several other languages, including Spanish, French, and Turkish. Lucas always strives to apply his passion for culture, language, and travel to his English lessons, making English learns from all levels and backgrounds feel welcome. He creates a fun, warm, and structured learning environment. After earning his TESL certificate in Los Angeles in 2015, he travelled to Turkey where he began volunteer teaching and private ignoring. Lucas joined the Target team in July of 2016.

 

Douglas Willcox

Doug is a second language instructor whose mission it is to help English language learners find their voice on the international stage. He has a BA in History from Boston University and an MA in Christian Education specializing in Youth Ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is pursuing an MA TESOL through The New School and is slated to graduate in May 2017.

He gained invaluable TESOL experience while living in Kraków, Poland, from 2010 to 2016. He taught at two universities in Kraków, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny and Tischner University. Courses included Editing, Translation Writing, Practical Translation, Creative Writing, Negotiations, and Listening & Speaking. He is interested in second language acquisition (SLA) and second language writing instruction with adult students and working professionals. From 2012 to 2015 Doug conducted independent research as an adjunct instructor. His work in using creative writing to improve the English writing skills of Translation Studies students in Poland has been accepted for publication in 2017. He presented the results of his research into student attitudes towards stylistics in written English at a conference in Krakow in May 2015. Doug’s MA at The New School is focused on student attitudes towards written corrective feedback.

While living in Poland Doug also co-owned and operated both an ESL school and a translation company. The school provided English language services for companies in the Krakow area. The translation company specialized in academic publishing with clients throughout Poland. Doug provided in-company one-on-one tutorials and group lessons. He designed and taught workshops on presentations, sales, negotiations, written business English (marketing, blog entries, CV’s), and customer service for inbound and outbound call centers. Highlights of Doug’s work in the EFL market include the long-term EFL programs he managed and taught at Mitsubishi Factory Automation, Mota Engil, and Making Waves.

Doug lives with his family in Newburyport, MA.

 

William Ransone III

Bill Ransone began his ESL teaching career by receiving his CELTA in 2005 in Moscow, Russia. With a love for the Russian culture and its language, he spent 5 years in Moscow, teaching ESL to all levels and age groups. Fluent in Russian, he has an ongoing passion for teaching non-native speakers and multi-cultural students the opportunity to learn the English language.

In 2010, he returned to Boston to continue his love of teaching ESL and has since worked for various prestigious language schools in the area.

A dean’s list graduate from Dickinson College, he received his B.A. in 2004 in Russian Language and Literature with a minor concentration in Spanish. In 2012, he received his Massachusetts K-12 licence in ESL.

Among many areas of expertise, Bill’s focus is concentrated on leading professional development workshops with the importance of error correction and pronunciation in the classroom.

A Connecticut native, in his free time, Bill enjoys exercising, spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and watching new films.

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