The faculty listed here teach at various times through the course of the year. The list may be altered at the discretion of the Language Reading Program depending upon enrollment patterns and program needs and goals.
For Spring 2015:
French Level I:
Martine Gauthier is a native French speaker who earned her B.A and M.A. from the University of Paris in French Literature and Mandarin Chinese, with a focus on Linguistics. Martine received a scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study at Beijing University for two years, and worked as a trilingual interpreter for many years. She teaches French at the The French Institute/Alliance Française and at CUNY’s BMCC and BCC.
French Level I:
Isabelle Lapin, a native French speaker, pursued a Ph.D. in economics at the Sorbonne in Paris and earned a Master in Nutrition and Food studies from NYU. Later she became a French pastry chef and an instructor in cooking and baking. Throughout her career, she has taught French, math and English as a second language at all levels.
French Level II:
Abigail Lapin Dardashti is a native French speaker with extensive experience teaching French at all levels. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on postwar Latin American art and architecture. She received her B.A. in Spanish and Art History from NYU and her M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.
German Level I and II:
Diana Toman, a native German speaker, whose training has been both in the sciences (Princeton) and the humanities (Fordham University) received her degrees from Fordham University (Psychology and Comparative Literature) and has taught Comparative Literature as well as all levels of German (throughout the CUNY system and Jewish Theological Seminary). Diana is also the Program Coordinator for the Language Reading Program.
Italian Level II:
Robert Diamond is a PhD student in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Robert, who has an M.A. in Art History and a B.A. in French, has acquired various levels of proficiency in several foreign languages. He has studied and traveled extensively in Europe, where he received his TEFL certification. Back in the U.S., he taught ESL for 5 years as an adjunct at Capital Community College in Hartford, as well as other adult education programs.
Italian Level I:
Nicholas Imbornone is an adjunct instructor of Classics at St. John's University's Languages and Literature Department at Queens College. He obtained his BA and MA in history at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Expanding upon his master's thesis, he is currently researching the nature of the Roman Empire's influence and policies with regards to its northwestern frontier in Thule (Iceland and the Shetland Islands), the Orcades (the Orkney Islands), Caledonia (Scotland), and Hibernia (Ireland), using primary-source and secondary-source evidence in multiple languages, including Latin, ancient Greek, Italian, Primitive and Old Irish, Gaelic, and Icelandic.
Latin Level I and II:
Nathan Oglesby is a PhD student in Classics at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is also an adjunct lecturer at City College and Hunter College, where he has taught Latin, Greek and Latin Roots of English and Classical Mythology. He is happy to be part of the CUNY Graduate Center Language Reading Program.
Spanish Level I:
Abigail Lapin (see bio above)
Spanish Level II:
Robert Diamond (see bio above)
Last updated November 17, 2014