Staff

Angela Khashafyan
Director/CEO
Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language;
One of the founders of the school;
Licensed director: NYSED NY State Education Department; PDSO;
Hobbies: reading, traveling, shopping.
Stacy Hall
Program Coordinator
Stacy is from Tampa, Florida. She has a master's in applied linguistics from Columbia University, a bachelor's in Psychology and Philosophy, and received her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from Cambridge. Before moving to New York City, she taught in South Korea and in Vietnam for over three years. After moving to NYC, Stacy continued teaching in a variety of settings and developing professionally while attending graduate school. She enjoys teaching and working with a culturally diverse group of learners and has particular interest in discourse analysis. Her favorite answer to everything is, "It depends!" When she is not at Bell Language School, she likes having dinner with her friends, reading, and practicing her Korean skills.
Mariana Cruz Munoz
Admissions & Student Services

Mariana is from Puerto Rico but has lived in New York long enough to ALMOST consider herself a New Yorker. She holds a master's degree in applied linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in Greek/Latin and linguistics from New York University. When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading (fiction, non-fiction, comic books, you name it), eating (almost) anything, deconstructing the patriarchy, and the artistry of a good euphemism.

Irina Korotkova
Russian-speaking Representative
Irina is from St. Petersburg, Russia and holds a master's degree in IT. She is also a full-time student at Bell. Besides studying English at Bell, Irina enjoys traveling, reading, watching movies, visiting museums, meeting with friends, and exploring NYC.
Regina Brown
ESL Instructor/Professional Development Specialist
Regina Brown is a native New Yorker with a B.A. in Economics and a TESOL Certificate from The New School. After working in costumer service dealing with corporate clients for over 18 years, Regina decided to make a career change. Regina has been teaching English since 2006, and has taught in New York, Poland, and South Africa. Regina enjoys getting to know her students and hearing about their cultures. Regina spends her downtime reading and loves spending time with her four nieces and five nephews.
Danica Real
ESL Instructor/Assessment Specialist
Danica is from Oklahoma. She received her B.A. in Intercultural Communications from The University of Oklahoma. After graduating, she moved to South Korea where she taught English to a variety of levels and ages. She then served as a TEFL volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand. Her two-year assignment focused on communicative English teaching, teacher training, and curriculum development. She recently moved to NYC to pursue her M.A. in TESOL. When she is not teaching, she enjoys bicycling, hanging out in cafes, and shopping for bargains in thrift stores.
Robert Kimbrell
ESL Instructor
Bachelor of Science- Psychology- Bridgewater State University; Tesol Certification- America TESOL Institute; Hobbies: jogging hiking, playing guitar, travel, the ocean, doodling and cycling. His class: he helps students with colloquial speech and how to communicate in formal and informal settings. He emphasizes vocabulary and conversation skills. He has been working at Bell since September 2007. Favorite quotation: “Never say never”; Languages: Some German and Spanish.
Matthew Innes
ESL Instructor
Matthew Innes has a B.A. in Modern Languages and Literatures from Kenyon College and received his TESOL certificate from Oxford Seminars in Philadelphia. He has taught English in Morocco and Russia. In his spare time he loves traveling and photography. Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to Brooklyn in 2013.
Aylin Bardavit
ESL Instructor
Bachelor’s degree in TESOL- Bosphorus University, Istanbul; Languages: high intermediate French, Turkish, beginner Spanish and Hebrew; Countries she has been to: France, UK, Israel and Cyprus. Hobbies: Watching movies, singing, hanging out with friends, cooking. TOEFL guru: knows everything about TOEFL and even more. Favorite quotation: "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans". Check her article about TOEFL preparation approach.
Daniel Aiese
ESL Instructor
Daniel is a native New Yorker with a B.A in Communication from St. John's University, an M.A. in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a TEFL Certificate from the TEFL Institute. He has taught Business English in Buenos Aires, Argentina at companies such as Prudential Insurance and Globant. In his spare time he enjoys running and playing the guitar.
Anna Zhao
ESL Instructor
Anna received her M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Originally from China, she has taught ESL classes in New York and has rich experience working with students from diverse backgrounds through cross-cultural communication activities. In her spare time, Anna enjoys exploring museums and great restaurants in NYC and taking photos for her friends. BTW, she is also a Sleep No More expert if you are interested!
David McNair
ESL Instructor
David received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University. For two years, he taught English with the Peace Corps in southwest China, earning him a TEFL certification from the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington D.C. On the way back from China, he took the long way home through Asia and Africa to feed his love of travel and different cultures. His favorite thing about New York is the immense diversity, and he especially appreciates the multicultural environment at Bell. When he’s not teaching, he’s probably practicing piano or talking to animals. Favorite Quotation: “Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.”
Saul Lyons
ESL Instructor
Saul Lyons is from Eugene, Oregon. He has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing and is CELTA certified through Cambridge University. He has a business background, having worked on Wall Street and in the fashion industry for 20 years. In 2010, he switched his focus to teaching and has taught in Taiwan and the U.S.A. for several years. He is also a painter and writer, and his artistic work has been shown in galleries across the U.S.A.
Sandra Jivcovici
School Representative in Europe.
Sandra Jivcovici holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Stony Brook University and a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Brooklyn College. Sandra enjoys interacting with both new and old students and tries her best to make each student feel comfortable in their new surroundings. As a former international student, she understands the potential hardships students can face while living in a foreign country and likes to encourage students to make the best of their experiences in the US. She loves to travel, so when she's not working, she's out exploring the world!

Languages: Romanian, Spanish
Peter Lindo
School Representative in Indonesia
Bachelor's degree in English Literature / Master's Degree in English: Brooklyn College.
Hobbies: J.R.R. Tolkien is my favorite author. I love The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and enjoy reading whatever falls into my lap from Barnes and Noble. Fishing is a time honored past time of mine and I take it very seriously. I play Capoeira with Mestre Carioca's group based in Manhattan. I love to travel and have been to Nepal, Morocco, Gibraltar, Germany, Norway, England, Netherlands, Belgium, St. Croix, Colombia, and Ecuador. I like to draw and write. Reggae music is the beat of my heart and my favorite food by far is sushi. I enjoy working with the students to help improve their English by listening to them, reading stories with them, writing anecdotes, enjoying poetry and understanding idiomatic language. Favorite quotation: "Don't worry about a thing because every little thing is going to be alright." Languages: Spanish. Here's his article about Learning American English as a second language.
Presently working overseas.