Teachers and Staff

Hallie Wallack

Hallie Wallack has been teaching English as a Second Language for over 20 years. Hallie has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. Hallie has taught in Colombia, England, Switzerland, and the Dominican Republic. She enjoys international cuisine and trading recipes with her students. Hallie has been teaching at the International Language Institute, MD, since 2001. She is the Program Director of the International Language Institute, MD.

Fredrik Skoglund

Fredrik Skoglund is the President of Transemantics, Inc. which owns the International Language Institutes in Maryland and in Washington, DC. Fredrik has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and worked as a Financial Analyst for many years before becoming one of the owners of Transemantics, Inc.

Raul Marin

Raul is our daytime Admissions Representative. He has degrees in Radio Broadcasting, Spanish Language and Literature and Technology in Education.  He is fluent in Spanish and English.  He also is a DJ at a salsa club!

Gladys Garcia

Gladys is our evening and Saturday Admissions Representative.

Staff at ILI

Staff at ILI

Debra “JJ” Armour

Debra made the move to teaching ESL after she retired from her career in banking.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, an MBA in Organizational Behavior and Development, and a TESOL certificate.  She has been at ILI, MD since 2013.

Steven Fleishman

Steven is a former Philosophy professor from the University of Maryland and George Washington University.  He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  Steven studied logic, classical languages and over ten foreign languages!  He started teaching at ILI, MD in 2007.

Ann Hamlin

Ann joined the ILI staff in 2011.  Ann has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA from Indiana University.  Teaching English is her second career, and we’re glad she made the change!

Stephanie Knauer

Stephanie began teaching here in 2006.  In addition to being a dynamic English teacher, Stephanie is also a certified speech pathologist.  Ask her to help you if you have pronunciation problems!

Sarah Lane

Sarah joined ILI, MD in 2016.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language, Literature and Area Studies.  Part of her studies took place in Russia and France!  Sarah has a TESOL certificate and has also studied law, Spanish and trade policy analysis.

Jennifer Maloney

Jennifer studied English Literature at the University of Rochester in New York.  She worked as an English Teacher as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.

Ali Railing

Ali joined our staff in 2016.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and International Studies.  Ali was an exchange student at Lingnan University in Hong Kong in 2011 and then returned to Hong Kong as a teacher!

Tina Ricigliano

Tina has her degree in Latin American Studies and more than 25 years of teaching experience. She enjoys winter sports, getting to know her students and talking about her two children! Tina has been with us since 2001.

Emily Stratton

Emily has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  She also studied and taught in the Czech Republic.  Emily has been with us since 2007.

Ruth Seidenspinner

Ruth has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration, but she found her true calling when she got a TESOL certificate and started teaching ESL!  She started teaching at ILI, MD in 2016.

Alba Sotelo

Alba has a Master’s degree in Education.  She has also worked and studied in Nicaragua.  She started teaching at our school in 2010.

Angela Sutsakhan

Angela has a Master’s degree in Urban Education.  She started teaching at ILI, MD in 2003.

Laura Wahba

Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian and English and more than 15 years of teaching experience. Laura plays the harp and enjoys folk dancing. Ask her if she knows a dance from your country! Laura began teaching here in 1997.

Sara Yu

Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She joined our staff in 2015.  Sara is fluent in Korean.