American Language Institute


ALI Administration

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Main Campus
Snyder Memorial

2801 W. Bancroft Street 

Mail Stop 122

Phone: (419) 530-4702

Fax: (419) 530-4600

Faculty & Staff


 Fuad Al-Daraweesh, Ph.D. - Curriculum Coordinator/Instructor

Fuad Al-Daraweesh holds two graduate degrees, one in English, and the other in Educational Foundations and Leadership. He teaches advanced level reading and writing classes. He enjoys working with students from different cultural backgrounds. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and reading books. He has co-authored a book published by Palgrave MacMillan and has authored many journal articles.



 Ting Li, Ph.D- Curriculum Coordinator/Instructor

Ting Li holds a Ph.D. degree majored in Educational Leadership and two Master's degrees, one in TESOL, and the other in Educational Psychology. She works as an ESL instructor and a co-administrator at the ALI. For the past years, she has been working with second language learners from multiple counties in North America, South & East Asia, and Middle East. She serves as the division chair and a member of the executive board for the Mid-west Educational Research Association (MWERA). She has published several articles on cross-cultural comparison of learning efficacy. 



Katherine Austin, M.A. Instructor

Katherine Austin graduated from Kent State University with a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her interest in languages started early, fueling her to earn simultaneous Bachelor’s degrees in German and Manufacturing Technology from Ohio Northern University. Katherine spent three years working as a robot programmer before finally returning to her passion for languages as an ESL instructor. Her experiences studying abroad and working with international students at home have convinced her of the major role that social relationships with native speakers play in language learning. As a result, she is very dedicated to helping students figure out how they can become a part of the larger university community while studying abroad. In Katherine’s spare time she loves reading (in English and German), cooking vegetarian cuisine, and playing with her two black cats.



Jaleesa Davis, M.A. - Instructor

Jaleesa attended the University of Alabama for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Applied Linguistics. While in school, she studied Chinese and Korean, and from 2016-2017 she taught middle school English in South Korea. She hopes to improve her Korean skills and one day become fluent. Currently, she is teaching grammar and speaking/listening.



Kristen Haase, M.A. - Instructor

Kristen Haase is a recent graduate from the University of Toledo, earning an M.A. in English as a Second Language (ESL).  She has taught ESL composition courses at UT and tutored at the writing center.  Kristen also received her Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies at Bowling Green State University.  Her interest in language and foreign cultures has been fueled by several trips abroad to countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and Mexico.  Kristen considers herself to be a student as much as a teacher, continually studying and learning languages in particular.  To date, she has studied Japanese, Chinese, Russian, German, and Arabic, and hopes to add many more languages to that list.  She hopes that through teaching at the ALI she will be able to help students reach their own goals, both inside and outside of the classroom.    





Wisam Imrani Instructor

Wisam Imrani worked as a TESOL teacher, coordinator, school principal, and supervisor with UNRWA / UNESCO and other private schools. She has gained rich experience through her work within educational administration in her native Jordan. She has also done research projects and seminars with the British Council.


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Samuel Londrico, M.A. - Instructor

Samuel Londrico received his M.A. in ESL at the University of Toledo. His thesis topic was about ESL student identity negotiation in a university environment. He also taught several writing classes during his time as a graduate student. He also worked as a phone English tutor for students located in Korea, a position in which he learned about Korean culture while teaching his students and even trying his hand at cooking some Korean food. Some of his hobbies include playing bass guitar and video games.



Regina Weirich, M.A. - Instructor

Regina Weirich holds a Bachelor's degree in French with a minor in Linguistics from Youngstown State University, a TESOL certificate from Bowling Green State University, and a Master's Degree in ESL from the University of Toledo. She has been an au pair abroad, taught ESL Composition courses at UT, and taught online EFL classes for Korean business professionals. She currently teaches reading and writing courses at the ALI and at Henry Ford Community College. Regina likes to travel and learn about new languages and cultures. She hopes to pass this love of learning onto her students and aid them in their academic success. In her free time, Regina likes to play sports, cook, and read.



Ryan D. Wright, M.A. - Instructor

Ryan D. Wright received his M.A. in English: Concentration in ESL at The University of Toledo and B.A. in International Leadership Studies: Concentration in European Studies at Marietta College. He has taught courses in composition, rhetoric, second language writing and communication, and literary and cultural studies. His research interests include rhetoric, composition, and literacy; international education administration; international and comparative education; education finance and policy; assessment; international and cross-cultural communication; organizational leadership and communication; and strategic communication. Wright has also served on boards and committees for several non-profit organizations, primarily assisting with budgeting, fundraising, membership engagement and retention, and strategic planning.



Ronald T. Zallocco, M.A. - Instructor

Ronald Thomas Zallocco received his M.A. in English (concentration: ESL) at The University of Toledo. He has taught college composition for both ESL and native-speakers, tutored in pronunciation, and edited various scholarly articles. His book, Communication and Language Learning, is available in stores. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.


Last Updated: 11/1/18