About Our TeamOur team of faculty have all earned Master's degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, linguistics, and related fields of study. They have designed a rigorous curriculum which includes courses in Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes, Grammar, Listening, Pronunciation and Speaking skills. Our administrators have degrees and special training in their areas of expertise.
Dr. Leyah Malcha Bergman-Lanier
Dr. Leyah Bergman-Lanier brings more than 40 years of ESL and EFL teaching and administrative experience to her position as the Executive Director of Spring International Language Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Her teaching spans all ages from kindergarten through adult levels. She served as Director of the Program in ESL at the University of California at Irvine, Assistant Director of ESL at Pitzer College, and Program Coordinator of Adult Education and K-12 Programs in Claremont, California; Leyah has also directed the Spring Institute for International Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Bergman-Lanier speaks fluent Japanese and taught in Japan for four years. She has also taught and conducted research in the People’s Republic of China. Her undergraduate degree comes from the University of California at Berkeley, and she completed her M.A. (Education and Reading) and Ph.D. (Education and Sociolinquistics) at Claremont Graduate School. Dr. Bergman-Lanier has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Her home town is in West Los Angeles. In her spare time, Leyah enjoys weaving, reading and exploring the outdoors.
Director of Intensive English Program
Adriana Treadway is originally from Argentina. She started teaching English in 1982. She has worked as a translator for corporations and individuals in Argentina and in the USA; as an English as a Foreign Language instructor in public and private schools in Argentina and in Japan; and as a Spanish Teaching Assistant in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Arkansas. Adriana completed an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and Translation at the University of La Plata in Argentina and an M.F.A. in Translation at the University of Arkansas. She has been working at Spring International Language Center since 1992, first as an ESL instructor and subsequently as the Academic Coordinator, Assistant Director, and currently Director. Adriana loves international education and international students. She also loves teaching, traveling, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband, grandchildren, and friends.
International Student Advisor and Registrar
Lynne Marie Lukas
Lynne Marie Lukas, who is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, has been managing the financial accounts and human resources for the Spring International Language Center since August 2015. Lynne completed her master’s degree in Human Resources and Workforce Development in May 2018 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development while working as the Fiscal Support Specialist for Sponsored Student Programs at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She enjoys researching the latest trends in the workforce and sharing new ideas with her coworkers. In the evenings, Lynne enjoys sharing meals and watching movies with family. She spends her weekends gardening and working on home improvement projects. In her spare time, she enjoys reading non-fiction and quilting.
Student Services Coordinator
At the young age of five years old, Bethany Peevy took her first international trip to Nairobi, Kenya, and has been hooked on travel ever since. Since that time, she has traveled through South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. While completing her degrees in Spanish and Mass Communications, she spent a semester studying Spanish at the Universidad de Alicante in Alicante, Spain. After her graduation from Ouachita Baptist University, she spent the better part of two years in Beijing, China, where she taught English at Beijing Union University, and worked for a localization and translation company. Now, she calls Fayetteville her home. Bethany loves using the wisdom gained from being a fish out of water overseas to help foreign students thrive in America. On any given day, you might find her sitting in front of her laptop, drinking tea, and hunting for cheap plane tickets to faraway places.
Michelle Snead, who is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, has been teaching at SILC since 2007. She holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor’s in English with teaching certification. Her areas of licensure include ESL, English, and music, k-12. Before coming to SILC, Michelle gained experience teaching in several secondary schools and at the English Language Institute at the University of Alabama. There she also taught several university composition courses for non-native speakers. At SILC, Michelle has taught a wide-range of courses and enjoys teaching ESL students of all levels. In her free time, Michelle enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Special Programs and Teacher Training Coordinator
Gavin is a native Arkansan. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and relocated to Seattle, Washington where she could make use of her creative writing and marketing skills for a hospitality management company. Years later, she set off to pursue a career in TESOL by returning to Arkansas to earn an M.A. in Second Languages from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she also received a graduate assistantship to teach in the university’s Intensive English Language Program. After graduation, Gavin traveled to Norway to participate in a Group Study Exchange, a position awarded her by Rotary International. Upon returning to the U.S., she accepted a teaching position at the Intensive English Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Opportunity then led her to teach at Spring International Language Center (SILC) in Denver, Colorado for over six years until Arkansas called her home again in 2012. She coordinates the academics and logistics for special programs and teaches pre and in-service domestic and international EFL teachers for SILC. Besides coordinating special programs, Gavin loves traveling, hiking, kayaking, and overall, spending as much time in nature as possible.
Georgetown Square Mgr. & Photographer
Besides being Dr. Lanier’s husband, Kirk has been a professional musician for decades both as a bass guitarist and singer. Kirk has recently discovered his talent for photography and has quickly become a recognized artist in this field. He has a studio at the Fayetteville Underground, a local artists cooperative. Luckily, he is now SILC’s own resident photographer, taking professional photos of all our students, many of their activities, and home countries.
Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Methodist University and a Master’s degree in TESOL from Southeast Missouri State University. He has taught ESL/ELL classes on the elementary, middle school level, and more recently spent 5 years teaching at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jeff loves to travel and work abroad and seeks opportunities to experience new cultures. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer (Paraguay) and in short term teaching gigs in China, South Korea, and Turkey. Most recently, Jeff spent a year as the Dept. of State English Language Fellow at the University of Finance and Economics in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Jeff loves to play guitar, write songs, and perform live, and he is super exited to have returned to the Ozarks for camping, hiking, and floating.
Originally from Brazil, Roseli Franco came to the U.S.A. to pursue her Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Before that, she was an English as a Foreign Language Teacher in Brazil for 10 years. She has also been an English as a Second Language Teacher in the U.S.A. since 2001. Currently, Roseli holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in addition to her Master’s in TESOL. She brings to the classroom not only her vast experience as a language teacher but also her experience as a language learner. During all these years, Roseli has taught English to students of all ages and language levels, and from diverse backgrounds. She also enjoys cooking, doing yoga, and watching TV. Roseli loves being around her family and friends.
Wendy launched her career in language with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a minor in English from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, in 2007. As part of that degree, she studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She later earned her Master of Education degree in TESOL from Regent University in Virginia Beach. In 2011, Wendy joined the faculty of the Intensive English Program at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. After two years, she transferred to the University of Arkansas, and currently teaches at Spring International Language Center in Fayetteville. Wendy loves teaching English and values her students as the brightest in the world. She enjoys snow skiing, SCUBA diving, hiking, and playing the violin and piano. She has lived in nine states, including Hawaii, and has visited most of the United States except those in the Northwest. She has also travelled to six other countries, and she hopes to visit many more in the future.
Vladimir Ivashchenko was born in Novosibirsk, Russia. His family later moved to Ukraine. He got his BA in English and French at Kiev State University in 1990. The same year he flew to Canada (a cloak-and-dagger tale, one of intrigue – the Wall had just fallen – but that is a tale for another day…), and from there to the United States. In 1992 he began the pursuit of an MFA degree in Literary Translation at the University of Arkansas, during which he taught elementary French and Russian in the Foreign Language Department, at times also tutoring in English, Russian and French, as well as translating for local companies and individuals involved in international business. He completed his studies in 1998, but he considers himself an eternal student, as there is so much to learn in the language field. He joined Spring International in August 2000; he has been teaching ever since, and truly enjoying it, and he finds teaching one of the best means of learning.
Sam Lingard is originally from Athens, Georgia. After studying abroad in Argentina during high school, he developed an interest in foreign languages and cultures and pursued undergraduate degrees in international affairs, Spanish, and Portuguese at the University of Georgia. After college, he lived in Brazil, where he improved his Portuguese, and then later moved to South Korea, where he began his career as a teacher working for the public school system in the city of Ulsan. After teaching there for two years, he returned to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics/TESOL at the University of Alabama, which he completed in 2018. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading.
Wendy McBride came to Spring International with many years of teaching experience in adult education, job readiness training, GED preparation, community college English courses and English as a Second Language programs in Illinois and Japan. She earned a B.A. in English and Psychology with a journalism focus from Augustana College and an M.S. in TESOL and Bilingual Education from Northern Illinois University. Wendy reads and writes avidly and has a published novel and nonfiction book to her credit. Under the name Wendy L. Yegoiants, she published The Fishing Widow (a novel) and The American Amusement Park, a historical and pictorial overview. Since joining the faculty at Spring International, she has presented at several TESOL conventions and continues to read and write both in the field of second language acquisition and fiction.
Cindy Rauth earned her B.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and M.A. in TESOL from the University of Washington, Seattle. She began teaching ESL so that she could travel the world and her first teaching job took her to Oporto, Portugal in 1997. She has also lived in Chile, France, and southeastern Europe, where she worked as a lecturer at the University of Montenegro and a teacher trainer for the Ministry of Education and Science. She also taught language and TEFL methodology to pre-service teachers at the University of Rijeka in Croatia. Cindy has been teaching advanced English language classes and training teachers for SILC and the UofA’s EASL / ELAC programs since 2007. She is proficient in Spanish and Croatian.
A native of Northwest Ohio, Noah attended Bowling Green State University (twice), where his love of language was nurtured and shaped over time into a love of teaching. After receiving a BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English, he relocated with his future wife to Minnesota and worked as a librarian and English tutor. When they moved to Arkansas in 2010, he began teaching ESL full-time. After teaching in Fort Smith for 3 years, he joined Spring International Language Center in January of 2014. Since that time, Noah has thoroughly enjoyed helping SILC’s many bright, dedicated students accomplish their language goals. In his free time, Noah enjoys the expensive hobby of travelling. So far, he has visited 37 US states and 10 countries. He would like to visit many, many more. Additionally, he enjoys reading, writing, and learning about other languages.
Alice graduated from Northeast LA University with an MA in English. She taught remedial reading at Sequoyah Indian School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and English at Springdale High School in Springdale, Arkansas, and did a one-year Fulbright Teacher Exchange (1985-86) in England, about 30 minutes from London in a town called Surbiton. After a year back in Springdale, she missed England so much that she arranged to take a position at an international school in Cobham, Surrey, UK. Intending to stay only a few years, she wound up living in the UK for 18 years before returning to Fayetteville in 2006. Her favorite leisure activities over the years have included reading, attending the theater, travelling around Europe, photography, and writing for her own amusement but not for publication. She has one grown daughter, who also lives in Fayetteville.
Matthew has been teaching since 2001. In 2002 he received his bachelor’s degree in education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and later earned a master’s degree in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Matthew spent more than 10 years living and working in China, most of it in Hunan: the land of spicy peppers. Matthew spent his last five years in China teaching EAP, preparing Chinese students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the US and the UK. He joined the Spring International Language Center faculty in 2014 and has been focused primarily on teacher training programs since mid-2017. Matthew loves languages and learning in general. He spends his free time with his family, studying, reading, and exercising.
Cindy Quayle is an IEP instructor and the Special Programs assistant. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Washington State. After graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, she was accepted to Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an U.S. Naval officer in January 1997. It was during her time in the Navy that she learned to appreciate the cultural diversity of the people from the different countries that she was stationed in or had visited during port calls. After getting married to an U.S. Army officer, she resigned her commission, but used her GI Montgomery Bill to go back to graduate school to earn a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to her M.A. TESL degree, she also has a M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. In her free time, she likes to read and hike around NW Arkansas’ beautiful parks with her husband and two boys.
A native of the Chicago area, Don Williams graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, and began his teaching career at the elementary level. In 1974 he moved to Australia, working as a high school teacher for twelve years. During this time, he first experienced ESL teaching as a volunteer instructor for two months at Hangzhou University in China. He returned to Chicago, received an MA in Curriculum & Instruction, and in 1991 he joined the Peace Corps and went to Poland. There he experienced an intensive language program, but as a student this time! For the next eight years, Don lived in Krakow, teaching English at Krakow Pedagogical University, at a Polish high school, at several private schools, and at an intensive language program for the Polish military. In 1999, thanks to the Peace Corps again, Don studied ESL teaching at Wichita State University and worked at the WSU Intensive English Language Center, and in 2000 he joined SILC. Don loves his ESL work very much, and also enjoys drawing and painting, cooking, reading and travel.
After receiving a B.A. in Elementary Education from University of Missouri, Kansas City, Anna taught 4th grade until 1991. In 1992, she received an M.A. in TESL from Central Missouri State University and began teaching English at a Hungarian high school in Romania under the auspices of Soros Foundation for an Open Society. From 1994 to 1999, Anna was an instructor in the Intensive English Program at Central Missouri State University. In addition to teaching international students, Anna enjoys traveling, playing the piano, singing with her church choir, going to Razorbacks games, and playing with her dog.