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IEP Faculty and Staff

Learn from our experienced faculty who hold graduate degrees in linguistics and/or language teaching and are native English speakers. IEP students receive individual attention from a dedicated and caring faculty and staff.

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Jennifer Gemma White - Interim Director and Instructor


Jennifer Gemma White, IEP Interim Director and Instructor

Jenn has been an ESL instructor for over 15 years and a teacher trainer for over 10. She has experience in Intensive English programs and has also worked at the community college level. She has taught and trained in various countries such as Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Korea and in Africa. 

When she is not teaching ESL, she is working with her two business partners on other projects related to curriculum design and training in the field of adult education.

BA in Communications, Masters in TESOL from St. Mary's College in California

Hilary Lindler - Admissions Specialist

Hilary Lindler, IEP Admissions Specialist - +1 828.227.4933

Hilary has lived in the local area for over a decade and attended Western Carolina University as both an undergraduate and a graduate student. 

In addition to admissions, Hilary is responsible for pre-arrival and post-arrival IEP student support. She maintains the program's student records, runs the IEP's social media accounts, and does most of the IEP's photography/videography.

B.F.A. in Studio Art (Photography), M.A. coursework in American History (Public History)
Studied art theory and the French language for a year in Rennes, France.

Lisa Mingus - Instructor

Lisa Mingus, IEP Instructor

Lisa has been teaching English for over 25 years, with a focus on academic ESL instruction.

During 1990-91, she was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Wurzburg, Germany and returned to teach English at the University of Bamberg, Germany in 1998-99. Before moving back to western North Carolina in 2014, she was the senior instructor at ELS Language Center in Charlotte, NC, instructor of composition and German courses at Central Piedmont Community College, and business English/German instructor at The Language Academy of the Carolinas.

B.A in English from Western Carolina University, M.A. in English from Wake Forest University, Ph.D. coursework in comparative literature and languages at USC-Columbia. 


Jordan Parsons - Instructor


Jordan Parsons, IEP Instructor

Jordan has been teaching with the WCU IEP since January of 2012. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester in Monterry, Mexico studying Spanish, and spent her final undergraduate semester interning at WLOS-News13 in Asheville, NC. After graduate school, Jordan taught two years of private elementary school before joining the IEP in January of 2012.

When she is not teaching, she spends her time raising her two future Catamounts with her husband in Cullowhee. The Parsons are avid sports fans and are active members of the local community.

 B.S. in Communication and B.A. in Spanish from Western Carolina University, M.A.T. in TESOL from Western Carolina University

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