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Cheryl Berman is the Director of World Languages division 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 different languages are spoken. Bottom line: it's all about the people!

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 formerly developed curricula and class materials and taught at various Maronite Catholic Parish schools.

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.

Nange Lu is a native Chinese speaker with 15 years of experience in teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Chinese Literature) from Peking University. She has taught language and literature at all levels in China and the U. S. to students from preschool through 12th grade as well as adults. For the past years, her passion for teaching has helped her to meet new requirements and develop new skills both in knowledge and in pedagogy. Her expertise in various teaching methods, including multi-media teaching, has been highly appreciated by students and parents. Ms. Lu obtained the Teacher Certificate and First-Class (highest level) Certificate of Standard Chinese Pronunciation (Pu Tong Hua) from the Chinese government.

Iran Mazaherian was born and raised in Mashhad, Iran. She trained as a teacher and worked for two years for the public school system in Mashhad. She spent two years in London studying and working as a private tutor of Farsi. After moving to the United States, she began to teach heritage students of Farsi. Presently, she develops curriculum and teaches Farsi for the Iranian Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC). Her interests include Persian literature, traditional music, and culture. She aims to develop in her students a solid knowledge of the Persian language while developing a lifelong appreciation of the culture and customs.

Ruddhi Wadadekar has been teaching Hindi 101 course since Fall 2010 as a regular HCC course. She has aided in the STARTALK program from 2009 to 2012. Her attention to detail and the knowledge of Hindi has been very useful since the inception of Hindi STARTALK program. Under the guidance of Ms. Cheryl Berman, she has authored Bhaarat Ek Yaatraa a course book for Hindi students. She also serves as a technology expert for the World Languages Program at HCC.

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 an 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 last Summer STARTALK program Arabic 101.

Ala’a Razeq has been working as an Arabic language Instructional Aide at HCC for the past three years. She is a native speaker of Palestinian heritage. Ala’a is an HCC graduate and is currently studying Linguistic Anthropology & Arabic Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. This summer, she will be participating in an intensive teaching program at Harvard University Arabic Institute for the Next Generation. This will be her third year working with STARTALK. class="A7"

Lan Yao was born and raised in central China. She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada. During this time, Lan was both a Mandarin Chinese instructor and tutor. This continued after returning to China in 2008 up until she moved to the United States in December 2011. While Lan was in China, she was an IELTS English teacher. Lan loves teaching, and she is passionate about her career.

Jing Dai has her Masters in Chinese Language Teaching from Towson University. She currently is a Chinese teacher at secondary schools of Anne Arundel County. She has broad experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language to students at different age groups and diverse levels. She’s passionate about teaching, strives to make learning Chinese interesting and fun and offer positive encouragement and reinforcement to keep students focused and motivated.

Xiuying Gambrill is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker who is fluent in Chinese language and culture. She is a certified public accountant from Chengdu, Sichuan, China with many years of accountant experience. Xiuying came to the U. S. in 2009. She is well experienced in teaching people how to use abacus, an ancient Chinese calculator. She has many hobbies, including Tai-Ji, Chinese calligraphy, and cooking.

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Angela Shen is currently going to University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is studying information systems and plans on graduating from UMBC in the fall. She grew up in a Chinese family. She was born here and went back to Taiwan when she was in third grade for six years, then came back for high school. This is her fourth year with STARTALK.

Lemuel Sun is currently a sophomore at Howard Community College, in the Rouse Scholars Program, majoring in mechanical engineering. He grew up in a family that mostly speaks Chinese, and has graduated the STARTALK program in 2008 and 2009. He has also frequented to China several times, and staying for extended periods of time with local family and attending a local school for three months. As a result to these immersing first-hand experiences, he has gained valuable insight concerning Chinese culture and the use of language within the context of everyday life.

Jesal Mistry is from Ahmedabad, India. He immigrated to the US in 2009. He wants to become a Computer Engineer. Currently, he is studying Math and Science at Howard Community College. He is also a Math tutor at HCC. Jesal likes to travel, play cricket, teach Math and also likes to repair cars.

Dania Benalla is a senior at Centennial High School. She is an Algerian American and lived in Algeria for about three years. She has studied Arabic all of her life from full time school to Sunday School. Moving forward, Dania hopes to be accepted into a medical program in order to specialize in medicine.

Patrick Campbell graduated from Hammond High School in 2011. He studied Arabic in HCC’s EXPRESS program and earned 16 credits. Patrick was selected to be part of the Arabic Institute for the Next Generation at Harvard University and just returned filled with ideas and more enthusiasm for the Arabic language. Patrick was also HCC’s OUTSTANDING student for 2012.

Ahmed Eissa is a rising sophomore at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County double majoring in Political Science and Global Studies and minoring in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East. As an Egyptian-American seeking to improve his Arabic, he enrolled in STARTALK's Arabic program the summers before and after his senior year in high school. Currently, he is an alternate for the U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship. In the future, he plans to apply for the Boren and Fullbright scholarships to advance his knowledge of the Arabic language and conduct research in the Middle East.

Wafa'a Razeq,  ethnically from Palestine, is a native speaker of Arabic. Her travels across the Middle East and living in Qatar for 4 years have contributed to her interest in the Arabic language and Culture. Last year she was a volunteer for the Arabic STARTALK program.

Abeer Turkey is originally from Iraq. She has been in the United States for four years; she studies architecture in Pennsylvania/ Philadelphia. She is proficient in writing, reading and speaking Arabic, and is looking forward to being a part of STARTALK program this year.

Mahnaz Demehri was born in Iran and was there for 21 years before she went to university. She then came to USA in 2008. Her major at HCC was architecture and she has been accepted to Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia where she will be studying Civil engineering. Mahnaz is excited to teach you Farsi!