Faculty and Staff

Annisa Dalle Anissa Dalle, Instructor
Ann Durden Ann Durden, Instructor Ann has a B.A. in English and Spanish from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and two M.A. degrees, one in Communication from Michigan State University and another in English (Linguistics)/Teaching ESL from George Mason University in Virginia. She has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has taught English at both the high school and college levels for many years in the United States and Germany, including 5 years of ESL in Virginia before moving to Memphis with her family in 1998. While rearing her two young sons, she taught preschool music classes for 14 years. She returned to teaching ESL in 2014 when she began teaching for IEI. She is also an online rater for the TOEFL and TOEIC tests for ETS. Ann loves teaching international students because she finds them highly motivated and enjoys learning about different cultures.

Chelsea Mills Chelsea Mills, Instructor

Daniel Harper Daniel Harper, Lecturer
Daniel has a B.A. in English from Rhodes College where he specialized in Creative Writing. His master's degree is from The University of Memphis in English Literature and ESL. Daniel taught at IEI from 1998 to 2000 and then taught middle school for 3 years in Lima, Peru before returning to IEI. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Memphis in Applied Linguistics.
Lisa Goins Lisa Goins, Director Lisa is a native of Memphis and earned a BA degree in Elementary Education from Crichton College. She also studied at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned an MATL degree with an emphasis in ESL. Her travels have taken her many places around the world, but her longest time was spent to Tianjin, China, where she studied Mandarin Chinese at Tianjin University. Lisa began teaching in the IEI program in 1998, and she became the director of the program in 2004. Lisa enjoys gardening and taking walks with her Scottish Terrier, Boo.
Marie Thompson Marie Thompson, Instructor
Nina Clark Nina Clark, Lecturer Nina completed her M.A. in English with an ESL concentration in the summer of 2003 from The University of Memphis. This is a mid-life career change for her. She enjoyed a 21-year career as an R.N. before moving to Memphis with her husband in 1995. Two of those years were spent working in a mission hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay prior to marriage. She has been involved as a volunteer in church-based Conversational ESL programs since 1987, teaching, directing, and leading training workshops for other volunteers throughout the southeast. John Barrymore said, "You are not old until regrets take the place of dreams." She is living out her dream teaching ESL professionally. She and her husband have three "children" of the four-legged variety, Barney, Fun-Fun, and Blacky.
Richard Dalton 
Richard Dalton, Instructor
Sheila Battle Sheila Battle, Instructor

Stacey Trimble Stacey Trimble, Lecturer

Susie Howe Susie Howe, Instructor
Tasha Pollock Tasha Pollock, Instructor
Cheri Chadwick

Cheri Chadwick, Admissions

Cheri Chadwick graduated from UT Martin with a degree in Business Administration - International Economics. Cheri loves to travel. She has traveled to Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Amsterdam, Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo. For two years, she volunteered in a church based ESL program. She began working at IEI in May 2007. Cheri says, "I enjoy working at The University of Memphis with our faculty and our international students! Come study with us!"