Elizabeth Driver, Director
Dr. Driver became the MEI director in August 2009. She has a PhD in English and Master’s degrees in both English and Applied Linguistics/TESOL. In her career, she has taught many courses in English as a Second Language, English literature and drama, English grammar and language history, as well as academic and professional writing.
Her international experience includes three years as a visiting faculty member at the University of Szeged, Hungary. She has also led short-term study abroad courses in London and Paris and been part of volunteer work teams in Ukraine and Guatemala. Along with her husband and two daughters, she has hosted high school exchange students from France, Indonesia and Chile.
Jon Malone, Associate Director
Mr. Malone joined the MEI staff in 2012 after over five years of experience teaching at the University of Oklahoma. He is passionate about the connections between research in the TESOL field and applications in the classroom. He especially enjoys the interpersonal element of language acquisition. At MEI, Jon oversees the Intensive English Program (IEP), manages the MEI Multimedia Center, coordinates testing procedures, and teaches in the Intensive English Program. He lives in the College Park area with his wife and children.
Amparo M. Acevedo, Academic Program Specialist & Office Manager
Originally from Colombia, Ms. Acevedo is a motivated and creative individual who especially enjoys the environment of MEI and the daily interactions between faculty and students from around the world.
Jennifer Moore, Program Management Specialist
Ms. Moore joined the University of Maryland in 1994 in the student affairs division and moved to MEI in 2006. She earned her BA degree in Communications from UMCP. She enjoys working in an internationally diverse setting and is inspired by both faculty and students who take on the challenge of teaching and mastering the English language. In her free time, she enjoys the performing arts, writing and sports.
Raymond Smith, Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator
Mr. Smith has been the Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator of the Maryland English Institute since 2009. He started his career in the field of ELT upon completion of the M.A. TESOL program at the City University of New York (Hunter College) in 1993. Since then, he has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in South Korea and the Czech Republic and has held a variety of positions, including teacher, teacher trainer, academic coordinator and director of studies. In addition to his M.A. TESOL, Mr. Smith has also completed the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA courses.
Joseph Harden, Student Services Coordinator
Mr. Harden joined MEI in 2018 after counseling for undergraduate admissions and financial aid at UMD. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, and originally from Richmond, Virginia. He earned his BA degrees in Arabic Studies and in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology from UMCP. He loves travelling and is passionate about learning new languages and experiencing different cultures. In his free time, you can often find him at the gym, boxing, or swimming.
Nasreen Abbas, Lecturer
Ms. Abbas got her MA in TESOL (2008) from American University. She is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, the University of Maryland, and at the National Defense University, where she teaches English for Academic Purposes to international graduate students. She has also taught Writing in the Disciplines at The George Washington University. In addition, she has taught Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and Foundation Writing in the Arts and Humanities at The University of the District of Columbia. She has also taught international students at Georgetown University and at The University of Pennsylvania. She has a number of years teaching freshman composition, and reading and writing in the credit ESL program at the Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia and at Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland. She has an MA in English Literature from Karachi University, Pakistan (1973) and an MA in Literature from American University (2011).
She has been teaching English since 1976 and started teaching ESL and IELTS in 2000.
Melanie Baker, Lecturer
Ms. Baker first became interested in teaching English due to her love of languages and interest in learning about other cultures. After receiving her MA in TESOL from Seattle Pacific University, she taught in several Intensive English and ESL programs at the community college and university level before coming to MEI in 2012. In addition to teaching in the US, Ms. Baker has taught English in Slovakia and has served as an English Language Fellow in the Republic of Georgia. As a Fellow, Ms. Baker taught English and/ facilitated professional development workshops for English teachers in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine. When not busy teaching or working on her PhD in International Education Policy, you can find Ms. Baker spending time in nature or enjoying a good cup of coffee with family or friends.
Cornell Brellenthin, Lecturer
Dr. Brellenthin hails from the Midwest where she earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. She also holds an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, the thesis of which was the development of an online writing course that was immediately implemented by the Wisconsin Technical College System. She has been a lecturer of literature, academic writing, creative writing, and English as a Second Language at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater and Harvard University and continues to teach in the English Language Program for the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences during the summer. Recreationally, she enjoys reading and writing fiction, running or strolling in scenic settings, meandering through art galleries, attending baseball games and classical music events, and traveling.
Dee Broughton, Lecturer
Ms. Broughton earned an MA in TESL from University of Idaho and, as faculty in their Department of English, created their first graduate courses in Research Writing for International Students and Issues for Non-Native English Teachers. She helped to start a school in Mexico, trained teachers in pedagogy in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, and served as a Specialist in materials design in Uzbekistan, where she published her sixth English language learning textbook. She specializes in frequency-based vocabulary and teaching use of sources in research writing. She enjoys playing guitar, visiting art museums, and traveling in her rare 4×4 motor home.