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CLE Faculty

Dr. James Badger – CLE Director

James Badger received his doctorate in Education from the University of Oxford, England. James has taught English in Canada, Japan, England, and the U.S. James is an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of North Georgia with research interests in program evaluation, teacher-training, the case method, and school governance.

Xiaoyan Yang – Associate Director

Xiaoyan Yang is associate director of the Center for Language Education, and she is responsible for the CLE’s Intensive English Program (IEP). Xiaoyan received a Masters of Arts degree in history from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in history from Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. Xiaoyan is the Chinese liaison for the University of North Georgia.

Sally Smith – Instructor

Ms. Sally Smith holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from California State University, San Bernardino. Sally worked for Chaffey College in Fontana, California and at Epitech in Paris, France. Before coming to teach at the Center for Language Education at UNG, Sally taught ESL programs at the California State University, Long Beach. 

Ginny Deal

Ginny received her Master of Arts in Teaching English degree from the University of North Georgia and has taught English in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  She also holds an undergraduate journalism degree from the University of Georgia, Athens.  Previously she has been a writer, and has numerous works published in magazines and on the web.  She has also taught aspiring writers through various workshops. 

Nathaniel Fackler – Instructor

Nate Fackler has a master's degree in applied linguistics, TESOL from Georgia State University and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in Southeast Asia from the University of Washington and a CELTA from the International House in Barcelona, Spain. Nate has experience teaching English at the University of Georgia and in Istanbul for eleven years as well as teaching English in Bangkok, Sao Paolo, Japan, Atlanta, and Seattle.

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