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EIS Instructors

Kaitlyn Aigner

AignerKaity is a program coordinator and instructor at EIS. Before coming to Duke in October 2015, she taught in intensive English programs at Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University. She has also worked as a teaching assistant and testing assistant at Georgia State and as the program coordinator of a program for international Fulbright graduate students at Virginia Tech.

Kaity has an M.A. in applied linguistics from Georgia State University. She spent one year attending language school in Marseille, France, where she developed her French language skills. She enjoys traveling, playing the violin, community theatre, and rock climbing.


Lynn Bergschneider

BergschneiderLynn has been teaching English since 1991. Before joining EIS, she was an instructor at the INTERLINK Language Center at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has also taught in Ecuador (Andean Peace Scholarship program), Japan (LIOJ, Sumitomo and Procter & Gamble), the United Arab Emirates (Higher College of Technology), and various programs in the U.S.

She received her B.S. in business administration–marketing from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. After working in international marketing for several years, she attended the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and received her M.A.T. in TESOL.  She enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and visiting the national parks.


Diane Bryson

BrysonDiane is a passionate teacher who believes in the power of education to open our hearts and minds to the perceptions and experiences of others. She began her teaching career in Newfoundland and has since taught in Mexico, Guatemala, Peace Corps/Morocco, and most recently, China. She joined the EIS faculty in 2000, serving the program for a decade as an assistant director before refocusing her efforts on classroom instruction.

She studied the great books at St. John’s College (Santa Fe) and holds an M.A.T. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She enjoys foreign languages and cultures, storytelling, and rock climbing.


Rene Caputo

CaputoRene began teaching with EIS in 2008 and has also served as the ESL specialist for the Thompson Writing Program and Writing Studio at Duke since then. During the summer, she directs the writing component of the International Student Bootcamp at The Fuqua School of Business. Her previous experience includes teaching graduate business students at UNC-Chapel Hill, undergraduates at Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico, adults at Durham Technical Community College, and migrant workers.

Rene earned an M.S. in education, specializing in teaching ESL, from Shenandoah University. Her professional interests include intercultural aspects of classroom dynamics and student use of online corpora to improve writing. Rene developed her Spanish skills in large part through a semester-long journey in South America. She enjoys life coaching, traveling, dancing to live music, and studying healing arts.


Cathy Harrison

HarrisonCathy Harrison has been an EIS instructor at Duke since 2009. Prior to Duke, she taught both undergraduate and graduate ESL students at North Carolina State, where she served as the assistant director of the K-12 ESL licensure program and cofounded NCSU’s yearly ESL Symposium. She has been involved in numerous pre- and in-service ES/FL teacher training programs, including the Duke and North Carolina State ESL certificates as well as workshops for K-12 schools. She began her two-decade-plus teaching career in Bangkok, Thailand, where she lived for three years before completing her M.A. in ESL at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Elizabeth Long

LongBeth has worked with a variety of programs at Duke since 2008, including as an instructor at EIS, a writing consultant for the Thompson Writing Program, and a writing consultant for Fuqua in the summer. Previously, she taught in an intensive English communication program at Penn State University, as well as at Central Carolina Community College, Chatham County Schools, and in Germany. She has also been the coordinator of a professional development program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Beth has an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Penn State University. She spent over a year teaching English in Frankfurt, Germany, in language schools targeting the business and financial community. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and traveling.


Maria Parker

ParkerMaria is an instructor at EIS. Before coming to Duke in 1998, she was at the English Language Institute of the University of Michigan, where she taught courses, conducted ITA testing, and was a member of the Institute’s testing division. She served as EIS program director from 2000 to 2015.

Maria has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley; advanced degrees in English and French linguistics from the University of Freiburg, Germany; and an M.S. in communication disorders (speech pathology) from San Francisco State University. She speaks German fluently and has a working knowledge of French. She enjoys reading, travel, and music.


Stacy Sabraw

SabrawStacy has been an EIS instructor since Fall 2016. Before coming to Duke, she was an instructor at the English Language Center at Michigan State University for four years. Stacy began her career as a copy editor and worked for various national magazines from 1992 to 2003. Next, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco until 2006. After a couple of years as Programs Manager for a nonprofit, she transitioned into teaching English.

Stacy has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in TESOL & Applied Linguistics from Indiana University. She enjoys reading, cooking, exercising and traveling.


Brad Teague

TeagueBrad joined The Graduate School as assistant dean and director of the EIS program in July 2015. Before coming to Duke, he directed the INTERLINK Language Center, an intensive English program (IEP) based at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, for five years. Brad has worked with adult language learners in various settings, including community-based programs, adult-education programs, university-affiliated IEPs, and Mexican universities. He has also taught undergraduate- and graduate-level TESOL courses for pre- and in-service teachers.

Brad earned a B.A. in Spanish and linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in applied linguistics at the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (Mexico), and a Ph.D. in teaching and learning at Vanderbilt University. Aside from his professional activities, he enjoys spending time with his sheltie, reading, and traveling.