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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 a 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.


Phone: 706-864-1996

James Badger

Kyle Brebner - Lecturer

Kyle Brebner has an M.S.Ed. in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education and a Graduate Certificate in ESL/EFL Teaching from Indiana University Bloomington and an M.A. in International Peace Studies from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Prior to joining the CLE, he spent nearly a decade teaching English at Sungshin Women’s University, Duksung Women’s University, and various language academies in Seoul, South Korea.


Phone: 706-867-2751

Kyle Brebner

Sally Smith – Lecturer

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.


Phone: 706-867-2751

Sally Smith

Carol Woodford – Lecturer

Carol Woodford holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She taught at Georgia State and in community ESL programs in the U.S., and later spent 15 years in China working as an English teacher and a trainer of English teachers. Her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia was in journalism, and she maintains a keen interest in writing.


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.


Phone: 706-864-1857

Xiaoyan Yang

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