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Cheryl Berman is the Director of the World Languages program at Howard Community College (HCC).  She is also the Director of the StarTalk program at HCC.  She  loves students. Her idea is to always keep students at the center of what you’re doing and you will stay on the right course to help them succeed. She believes that languages need to be taught within culture and that belief led to the creation of the study abroad programs offered through World Languages as well as to the many events where students can get to know the peoples and countries where the different languages are spoken. Bottom line: it’s all about people!

Yulan Liu is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker who is fluent in English with vast knowledge in Botanical Latin and some knowledge in Cantonese. She has 16+ years of experience in teaching Chinese at different levels. She also has 20+ years experience of written translation and verbal interpretation, and has many clients. Yulan has taught full time at GBBC for nine years since she earned her MA degree. She joined Howard Community College in 2008 and has been working with the college until the present time.

EnPing Heiliger has extensive communications experience in both the US and China.  Before moving to the US, she had extensive experience in radio and television dubbing and voiceovers in Mandarin Chinese.  Her television experience includes producing, directing, editing as well as on-air broadcasting. After coming to the US, Ms. Ping has learned first-hand the significance of language and cultural barriers. She has committed herself to the field of inter-cultural communications. Teaching Chinese, and promoting Chinese culture to Americans is her current focus.

Ping Xu was born in China. She graduated with B.A. in Japanese from Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing, China and taught Japanese in Chongqing Normal University for seven years. After her youngest son went to school in 2003, she started working with students as an assistant teacher in the Howard County Public School system. At the same time, she started teaching Chinese at the Howard County Chinese School and in summer camps organized by Chinese School and Howard County Parks and Recreation. Ping like cooking, dancing and enjoying working with students.

Jingmei Shi, Chinese Department of Education issued Advanced Chinese Education Certification and National Mandarin Chinese Top Level Certification. Comprehensively adopted Chinese teaching experiences throughout China and America accumulated over the past 29 years. Listed among primary authors of "Chinese Poetry Collection of the Tang and Song Dynasties". Founder of Educational Blog "Chinese Lesson with Jingmei."

Rozita Mostofi received her BA in English-Persian Translation from Tehran Azad University in 1996. After graduation, she began working for Croatian Embassy and several international companies as a translator/interpreter. After moving to the United States, she decided to become an educator and began her career for JPPSS in Louisiana and for MCPS in Maryland. Mrs. Mostofi is also teaching Persian at Iran Cultural and Educational Center.

Christina Harb is from Beirut, Lebanon. She earned her Master’s in Arabic from the University of Maryland. She has worked as a language developer at the National Foreign Language Center for the Read Arabic project and has taught Modern Standard Arabic at The Middle East Institute, The Washington Language Center and The Global Language Network at GWU. Her native dialect is Levantine and she has served as a Levantine language partner to the graduate students at the University of Maryland’s Flagship Program.

Nadia Musa is HCC graduate and now going to UMD college park to earn double major in Arabic and Linguistic, also worked as a Arabic tutor at HCC and taught Startalk Arabic 101 last summer. 

Tony Rahi is a native Arabic linguist ( Lebanon) with college-level mastery of the Arabic language and expertise in numerous dialects. He has significant experience and passion in instructing Middle Eastern culture, politics, and history in the course of spoken and written Arabic language instruction. Mr. Rahi joined the World Languages Division at Howard Community College (HCC) in 2010 and teaches accelerated Arabic classes. Prior to joining HCC, Mr. Rahi taught undergraduate and graduate students in the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He formely developed curricula and class materials and taught at various Maronite Catholic Parish schools.

Vinnie Rege has been associated with the Hospitality field for over 10 years. He has a proven track record not only in different hospitality establishments, but also in academic settings. Mr. Rege has managed several 5-star restaurant and hotel operations, as well as holding the position of Food Manager with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Currently, Mr. Rege is very active in the hospitality industry and serves on a variety of advisory boards and committees. He is the President of the Metro Council of Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE) and serves on several boards, such as MHEF (Maryland Hospitality Education Foundation) and GWIB (Governors Workforce Investment Board). Mr. Rege has presented numerous papers in various conferences and workshops in North America, Asia and Europe.He returns after having taught and developed a Hindi course for STARTALK in 2009.