Meet Our Staff

ESL Instructors

Kim Andersen

Founder and Director

Kim Andersen is the Founder and Director of Empire State English. She has a background in teaching English as a Second Language and Spanish.

Read More

Linda Wien

Instructor

Linda Wien is an English as a Second Language instructor for Empire State English. She has a lot of experience teaching adults at all levels.

Read More
Nina Fleishman

Nina Fleishman

Instructor

Nina Fleishman has taught English as a Second Language in a variety of settings for more than 35 years. She joined CRLC and ESE in 2018.

Read More

Liana Corniel

Instructor

Liana started teaching English as a Second Language in 2009. She taught English for Academic Purposes at the City University of New York (CUNY) for 5 years. She then lived in Turkey for 3 years, where she worked at a top-rated university teaching English to freshmen students.

Read More

Sonya Kim

Academic Program Coordinator

Sonya was born in the United States, but raised in South Korea until she returned to the States for her graduate school. She holds a BA in History and English language & literature from Korea, and earned her MA in TESOL from University of Pennsylvania.

Read More

Aidan Bardos

Instructor

Aidan Bardos grew up in small-town New Hampshire. They hold a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies from Wesleyan University.

Read More

Want to work with us?