Meet the EAP Faculty
Paula Wilder, Director/Instructor of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Continuing Education for Non-Native English Speakers. She received her MA in TESOL from Greensboro College and her BA in English from Guilford College. Paula has been responsible for the creation and implementation of academic EFL curriculum programs at two community colleges in NC. She has also taught at Harvard University's Institute of English Language.
In 2014, Paula was selected for the Ruth Crymes TESOL Academies Fellowships by TESOL, International and was a runner-up for the 2016 TESOL International Teacher of the Year award. She has presented her research in a variety of venues, including the NC Community College System Office Conference, SETESOL, Carolina TESOL, TALGs, NCADE, NCEI. Her most recent publication, “Fostering an Environment for ESL Student Success in College and University Writing” was published in NC State’s journal Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Journal of English Language Teaching and Research. She has also conducted workshops related to integrated student-centered discussion-based language classes at TESOL, International through one of their Pre-conference Institutes, Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and AMBOW, International’s Teacher Workshop in Kunshan, China. In her free time, Paula enjoys hiking, kayaking, yoga and gardening. She is an avid reader and enjoys all genres. She also has four children who range in ages from 22 to 27.
Rachel Lithman has been part of the EAP faculty since August of 2015. She has been teaching English to speakers of other languages for 10 years. She holds a Masters of Teaching from UNC Chapel Hill with concentrations in ESL and French and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). In addition, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University. She worked in the healthcare industry in Boston, MA for 3 years, and in 2005, she was awarded a year-long Mountbatten international business internship in London, England after which she relocated to France. During her time in France, she studied the French language extensively where she also started her instructional career, teaching in Paris at Anglesey Language Services, and then in Aix-en-Provence at the British American Institute. She has also taught English in Beijing, China, and more recently taught ESL at an Orange County middle school. In 2016, she participated in Durham Tech’s Toyama Program, teaching intensive English to Japanese students from Durham’s Sister City Toyama, Japan. Her primary teaching focus is advanced academic English with interests in teaching English for specific purposes in health technologies, business, and technical writing.
Dr. Farwa Hussain Shah has been with the EAP program at Durham Tech since June 2018. She has a Doctorate in TESOL Curriculum from the University of Exeter UK. She also has a Master’s degree in TEFL with Applied Linguistics and a Master’s degree in English Literature. She has extensive experience of teaching ESL, EAP, linguistics and English literature at various institutions in Pakistan, the Middle East and Europe. In addition, she has worked in the areas of teacher mentoring, employability skills and soft skills training. Furthermore, she has published journal articles, and contributed in edited books. She has also presented papers in national & international seminars and conferences. Her research interests include teacher implementation of curriculum, teacher and learner agency, learner motivation and anxiety. She loves travelling and meeting people from diverse backgrounds.
Adam Burns started his career fifteen years ago in China, teaching conversational English in Beijing and Shanghai. After several years overseas, he returned to the U.S. and earned his master's degree in TESOL at Central Connecticut State University, where he subsequently served as an ESL composition instructor and co-director of the Writing Center. He also worked as a writing tutor at a community college and a composition instructor at another small college while living in Connecticut. Eventually tiring of the harsh New England winters, he decided to head south and arrived in the Triangle in late 2015. He has been a member of the faculty at Durham Tech since the August of 2016.
Rebekah Callari-Kaczmarczyk received her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida and during a study abroad program she taught English in Spain. This introduced her to ESL and inspired her to pursue an Undergraduate Teaching Certificate in TEFL. She then continued her education with a Master's degree at Georgia State University in Applied Linguistics: TESOL. During her time at GSU, she was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship which enabled her to spend a year in Colombia teaching English at La Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. She has recently relocated to the Triangle area and has been teaching at Durham Tech since the spring of 2017. She also teaches in the graduate ESL program at Duke University.
Olga Cupp holds a Master of Arts in Sociology, and a Master of Arts in European Studies. In addition, she has a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) certificate. She has been a longtime member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) non-profit organization, supporting specific causes, such as helping women return to college after an interruption or hardship. She was chosen to be an AAUW Named Gift honoree for a California branch where she had served as the newsletter editor for five years. She recently relocated to North Carolina after living in Southern California for 16 years. Her future plans include earning a doctorate degree in cognitive science focusing on adult second language acquisition. She believes that teaching is helping others succeed. Olga began working at Durham Tech in January 2019.
Sarah Donovan has been teaching in the EAP department at Durham Tech since January 2015. She is an educator and instructional designer committed to building opportunities for English language learners (ELLs) in the US. A graduate of the history department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned her M.S.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology at Purdue University and is TESOL certified by North Carolina State University. Her interests include integration of technology, suprasegmental aspects of speech for ELLs, and project-based learning. In her free time, she enjoys trips to Maine with her husband and three children, practicing yoga, and being an “American mom” to a number of young people who immigrated from Yemen, Central America, and Karen state in Burma/Myanmar. Her primary focus is listening/speaking and grammar.
Kimberly Kelly is originally from New York and joined the EAP department in 2018. She is a graduate of the George Washington University with a Master of Education in Human Development with concentrations in TESOL & Bilingual Special Education. Kimberly received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from UNC Greensboro, and has more than 15 years of experience in educational settings. Kimberly has taught Spanish, K-12, Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE), English language learners with autism, learning disabilities, and ESL/EFL to adult learners. Kimberly has presented her research on topics of language development at several professional conferences including TESOL International Association, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and is a member of African American Linguists (AAL). Kimberly enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family. Her future goals include earning a doctorate degree, learning more world languages and teaching abroad.
Michelle Honeybun has been with the EAP program since 2017. She has taught English as a Foreign Language for eleven years, and her career has taken her to South Korea, Ethiopia, and Saudi Arabia. Originally from England, she has been living in the US for two years. Michelle received an MSc. in TESOL in 2011 from the University of Bristol, England. Her master's dissertation examined the implementation of CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) in South Korean schools.
Joy Lalush joined the staff at Durham Tech in the summer of 2018. After earning a BS in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Missouri-Rolla, she spent ten years as a programmer with IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC. Joy later found a passion for teaching English as a second language while volunteering and substituting in grade schools. Since earning TESOL certification at North Carolina State University, she has immersed herself in teaching English, from private tutoring to teaching classes at NC State and Durham Tech. Joy finds teaching ESL deeply rewarding; she loves meeting and learning from her students from all over the world!
Dr. Marta McCabe has served as an EAP Instructor at Durham Technical Community College since 2015. In addition, she is a founder and a president at the Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina. Marta also works as a research scientist at the School of Education at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Her research examines the intersections of education, language, and migration and focuses specifically on the linguistic, social and cultural adaptation of second-generation immigrants from Eastern Europe. She has published on the topic of heritage language education in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language and in a Handbook on Heritage Language Education. She also contributed a chapter to a recent book Immigration and Education in North Carolina: The Challenges and Responses in a New Gateway State.
Polycarp Omollo has been with Durham Tech since May 2016. He is a 12-year veteran teacher experienced in teaching both locally and abroad. He has taught all levels of learners, from kindergarten children to adult learners in a variety of subjects, ranging from English, math and music to coaching sports. He earned his undergraduate degree at Kenyatta University in Kenya and has a Masters of Education in ESL from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. He also serves the public as a firefighter/EMT/CNA, and Red Cross and mental health specialist. He is married with four children, a dog, a cat, several chickens, ducks and fish.
Dr. Vicki Sapp joined Durham Tech in Summer 2018 after teaching for three decades in Texas. She was thrilled to move back to her home town, Durham, to continue her career at Durham Tech. Vicki earned her BA degree in French and her MA in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed her Ph.D. in English at Rice University, where she taught all levels and subjects in the Rice University Intensive English Program. Vicki taught a range of English courses at the University of Texas-Arlington; her specializations there included literature surveys (American, British, World), History and Structure of English, and Creative Writing. She spent the past two decades of her career as Professor of English at Tarrant County College (TCC) in Fort Worth, Texas; here she concentrated on Freshman Composition with special focus on the dialectics of print and digital literacies and also World Literature. She was an active participant in TCC's international initiatives, and spent three summers in Austria, teaching Business English and Diversity at a Vienna technical college and then taking part in the Salzburg Global Seminar both as Faculty Fellow and then as World Literature Faculty for a TCC Maymester study-abroad in Salzburg. Vicki loves nothing more than teaching and seeing the world through her international students, and she hopes she educates them as much as they do her. She has one son, Erol, who has traveled the world and learned five languages, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.
Shanna Stinehour has experience instructing English language learners of all ages and levels. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a B.A. in Sociology. After graduation, she worked with at risk high school students as an AmeriCorps member. She received her TESOL Certification from Duke University in 2009 and her M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Meredith College in 2012. Her experience includes teaching students and faculty at Korean Bible University in Seoul, South Korea, presenting at national and local conferences, and leading professional development workshops for visiting international teachers. In addition to teaching at Durham Tech, she is currently employed at Durham Public Schools.
Dr. Yashpreet has been teaching in the academic English program at Durham Tech since January 2017. She earned a Ph.D. in English in 2012 from Kurukshetra University, India. During her Ph.D., she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship and served at University of Pennsylvania as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in 2009-10. Born and raised in a family of professors, only teaching fuels her. She is passionate about building and nurturing relationships with students and peers, and feels gratified by her students’ progress. She has been teaching varying English literature, linguistics and language courses in various universities and colleges since 2009. Furthermore, she has published journal articles, contributed in edited books and presented papers in international and national seminars. Personally, she also enjoys creative writing and is currently developing a fiction novel, based on an individual’s intricate quest for happiness.
Minh Vu holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching, with a concentration in TESOL, and TEFL certification. He specializes in differentiating sheltered instruction for diverse learners. He has been with Durham Tech since August 2017. Originally, he started teaching English as a Foreign Language abroad in South Korea in 2013. Upon returning to the US, he joined the American Language Academy at Greensboro, NC and worked as foundation English teacher and curriculum designer for their Intensive English Program. He has 7 years of prior experience in tutoring academic writing at Guilford Technical Community College, where he worked as a professional writing tutor and EFL specialist. He enjoys working with foreign students and adult learners. Aside from teaching, he takes interest in learning music and other foreign languages.