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Meet the Team

GLS staff bring graduate-level education and years of teaching experience to Northeastern University. It is our number one priority to support you as you set out to achieve your educational and career goals. We are passionate about the work we do and look forward to meeting you through our various program offerings!
Alexandra P.

Alexandra P.

GLS Specialist-San José

Alexandra joined Global Learner Support in the fall of 2021. She has an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Teaching a Foreign Language (Spanish) from New York University. Before moving to the Bay Area, Alexandra worked as a Global Teaching Fellow at Tokyo International University (TIU), an education consultant at Sesame Workshop, and a language teacher in public schools in New York City, Japan, and France. In her free time, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, reading history books, studying languages, and exploring new food scenes.

Claire Kagaya

Claire Kagaya

Tutor

Claire is both an avid learner and teacher/tutor. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an MS in Education, the University of Illinois (BA), and the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA). Claire is an excellent resource for ways to find success in higher education. Her hobbies include travel, reading, and music.

Deniz Toker

Deniz Toker

GLS Specialist-Toronto

Deniz has more than a decade of experience in teaching English at all levels. He has an MA in TESOL and a BA in English Linguistics. He also obtained a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from Cambridge Assessment English. Deniz is a practitioner and a passionate advocate of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Mindfulness. He loves doing yoga, hiking, and trying new recipes in the kitchen.

Dorsa Jodairi Eslami

Dorsa Jodairi Eslami

GLS Ambassador-Toronto

Dorsa is currently enrolled in the MS in Project Management program at Northeastern University-Toronto. Holding a BA and an MS in Civil Engineering, she has four years of professional experience. Dorsa is passionate about expanding her connections, helping people, and learning about different cultures. As a GLS Ambassador, she assists in planning and leading cultural activities as well as Global Village events at the Toronto campus. Her hobbies are exploring new places, taking pictures, and reading.

Jacob Ayala

Jacob Ayala

Instructor & Tutor

Jacob is an aspiring educator who enjoys working with ESL/international students. He graduated from CSU, Sacramento with an MA in TESOL, and has taught freshmen-level composition at CSU, Sacramento. Jacob also has three years of tutoring experience as an instructional assistant (IA) at Cosumnes River College (CRC), where he assisted native English speakers and ESL learners from various countries, including China, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Mexico. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, creative writing (poetry & short stories), and studying European Portuguese.

Jeremy Walter, Ed.D.

Jeremy Walter, Ed.D.

Director

Jeremy is responsible for developing, managing, and leading language, academic, and cultural support services on Northeastern University’s global campuses. Additionally, he teaches courses and leads workshops for GLS on the Seattle campus. Jeremy has a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University, an MA in Applied Linguistics & TESOL from Newcastle University, and a BA in English Studies from Illinois State University. He enjoys traveling, learning new languages, and playing the piano.

Joseph Clark

Joseph Clark

GLS Specialist-Vancouver

Joseph provides a range of English language education services and leads cultural activities at the Vancouver campus. He loves teaching English learners at all levels and learning about different cultures from his students. Joseph has an MA in Pacific and Asian Studies, a Diploma in TESOL, and a BA in English. His thesis is focused on educational reform in Japan within the context of the globalization of education. Joseph’s hobbies include writing, camping, painting, snowboarding, basketball, and he also loves traveling.

Josephine Manuele

Josephine Manuele

GLS Program Assistant

Josephine holds a BA in English and Spanish from Bucknell University. She has extensive experience in editing, design, and project management. As Program Assistant, she leads the marketing and promotional efforts of Global Learner Support through designing flyers, updating the GLS website, and creating post-event surveys and course evaluations. She enjoys indoor gardening, reading, and cultural arts.

Meera Mawani

Meera Mawani

English & Academic Writing Adviser-London

Meera is currently setting up a new Academic English Skills Hub at the London campus. Her previous experience includes teaching Academic English at UK universities, along with being a Training Consultant and an IELTS Examiner (India) for the British Council. She has an MSc in History of Islamic Art (University of Edinburgh) and an MA in Leadership (UCL). Meera also has a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) as well as Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) qualifications from London, UK and is also a qualified Career Counsellor. She enjoys volunteering, reading, music, and exploring different cultures.

Ruth K. MacKechnie, Ed.D.

Ruth K. MacKechnie, Ed.D.

Instructor & Tutor

Ruth is passionate about working with students and has taught ESL for over 30 years. She has run programs in Japan, Spain, England, New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S. Ruth has an MA in Education from the Open University in the U.K., a Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults from Cambridge University, and two BAs from the University of Washington. She values music, travel, and time with her family.