Faculty & Staff | Towson University

Faculty members hold graduate degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL),
English, linguistics or related fields and have extensive experience teaching English
as a second language. Many have learned second languages and have taught, worked and
traveled abroad. They understand the challenges of living and studying in a foreign
language and country. We all enjoy learning about other cultures and want to make
the students’ experiences exciting, comfortable, and enriching.

Sara Rose

English Teacher Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator
Email: srose AT_TOWSON

Sara Rose, after high school, decided to travel abroad to experience a different part of the
world. Her journey took her to Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied, lived and worked
for twenty years, learning Danish and attending a Danish college. In 1981, she received
her M.Ed., specializing in English and religion. Since earning her degree, she has
taught English, worked with refugees and immigrants, and directed an English as a
Second Language (ESL) program. She has also been vice-president and president of Maryland
TESOL (an English as a Second Language [ESL] professional organization). In addition to teaching and traveling, Sara loves literature,
music, films, and above all, her family.

Lyle Nash

Email: lnash AT_TOWSON

A California native, Lyle Nash has traveled the world, living and working in Central
and South America, West Africa, the Middle East and East Asia. Fluent in Spanish and
French and conversant in Portuguese, he has also studied Japanese, Arabic, and Kiswahili,
and he has worked as a translator both in the U.S. and abroad. He holds a doctorate
in Spanish literature (Rutgers), and he has taught ESL for many years both in the
United States and abroad. Dr. Nash is the seventh Director in the 45-year history
of the English Language Center.

Denise Link-Farajali

English Teacher Specialist
Email: dlinkfarajali AT_TOWSON

A born teacher, Denise Link-Farajali has been creating a “family” in every class she teaches at TU for the last 14 years
by joyfully infusing humor and music throughout.  She earned her Ed.M. in Foreign
Language Instruction (English as a Second Language (ESL) and French) at SUNY Buffalo
after receiving her B.A. in French and International Relations at the University of
Rochester. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) now for nearly 35 years, her
passions include decorating, fashion, cooking, travel, and precious moments with her
amazing foreign-born husband!

Sarah Bridgett

English Teacher Specialist
Email: sbridgett AT_TOWSON

Passionate about international education and languages, Sarah Bridgett has been working as an educator most of her adult life, earning a B.A. from
Towson University in Foreign Languages (Spanish), and is finishing an M.A. in ESL
with a minor in Educational Leadership at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin
online college. Sarah has studied abroad in Spain and Indonesia, taught English reading to refugee youth
in Seattle with the Americorps service program, and worked as a bilingual English/Spanish
teacher to Latino families at Goucher College in Maryland. As an intern with TU’s
International Students and Scholars Office, she created the Towson University Friends
of Internationals program, and after volunteering at the English Language Center for
several years as a tutor, teacher’s assistant, and event coordinator, she is excited
to be an English Teaching Specialist. When not working and studying, Sarah enjoys
the outdoors, books, movies and podcasts.


Jeff Haas

English Teacher Specialist

Email: jhaas AT_TOWSON

Born and raised in Maryland, Jeff Haas has experience at Towson University as a student,
administrator and instructor.  For 20 years, he served as the Director of International
Admissions, traveling the world to attract international students to attend Towson,
thereby acquiring strong interests in cross cultural communication, International
English, and Southeast Asia. Jeff earned an A. A. from Harford Community College,
a B.S. from Towson University, an M.P.A. from the University of Baltimore, and an
M.A. TESOL from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has taught all levels
of ESOL at Towson for six years.  He enjoys travel, running, The New York Times, Baltimore
sports teams, and wine tastings, not necessarily in that order.

Barbara Phillips

Administrative Program Specialist
Email: elc AT_TOWSON

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