American Language Institute

Faculty & Staff


 Ting Li, Ph.D. — Curriculum Coordinator/Instructor

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


Ashley Lavalette

Ashley Lavalette — Secretary


Fatima Aldajani

Fatima Aldajani — Instructor

Fatima Aldajani holds two master's degrees, one in Theology and the other in Educational Leadership. In addition, she is working on her doctoral dissertation in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on second language learners. She works as a part-time instructor at ALI and she is one of the Graduate Success Coach at The College of Graduate Studies. Over the past years, she has worked with second language learners as an ESL bilingual teacher at Sylvania Schools. In her free time, she loves to travel, read and spend time with her family and two children.


 David Black

David Black — Instructor and Advisor



Martha Fisher — Instructor



Brianna Haught — Instructor



Virginia Hofer — Instructor

Virginia Hofer holds Bachelor's degrees in English and Spanish from South Dakota State University. She studied briefly in Mexico and has taught high school Spanish in Minnesota, South Dakota, and California. She most recently spent over eight years teaching ESL classes for adult learners in a Pennsylvania family literacy program. Passionate about language, culture, and teaching, her other favorite activities include reading and traveling.


 Wisam Imrani

Wisam Imrani — Instructor



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 Literary and Textual Studies at Bowling Green State University, 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.


Last Updated: 6/27/22