Qari Teachers

Susan Bleakney Ph.D.    Family Literacy and Workplace Education Instructor   Susan is the coordinator of our Family Literacy Program, which provides contextualized English instruction to parents at Lincoln-Hancock Elementary school. She co-teaches the class as Parent Advisor, helping parents become active in their children’s education, both at school and at home. Susan also serves as coordinator of the Workplace Education Program, partnering with China Pearl restaurant to provide contextualized English to their kitchen and wait staff. In addition, she conducts assessments for students in our ESOL classes. Susan holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Boston University. She also has previous experience as an educational consultant. When she is not teaching for QARI, she teaches taekwondo, and enjoys spending time with her family

Susan Bleakney Ph.D.

Family Literacy and Workplace Education Instructor

Susan is the coordinator of our Family Literacy Program, which provides contextualized English instruction to parents at Lincoln-Hancock Elementary school. She co-teaches the class as Parent Advisor, helping parents become active in their children’s education, both at school and at home. Susan also serves as coordinator of the Workplace Education Program, partnering with China Pearl restaurant to provide contextualized English to their kitchen and wait staff. In addition, she conducts assessments for students in our ESOL classes. Susan holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Boston University. She also has previous experience as an educational consultant. When she is not teaching for QARI, she teaches taekwondo, and enjoys spending time with her family

 
Paul Gagnon    ESOL Level 3 Instructor   My name is Paul Gagnon, and I live in Quincy.  I have been teaching and working with QARI since 2004. I am currently teaching Level 3 ESOL. I enjoy being associated with an agency whose goal is to help people to succeed. I've been a teacher for over forty years. Working with the ESOL classes at QARI have been the most satisfying years of my career.  I am a graduate of Boston State College (now the University of Massachusetts Boston). When I’m not teaching I enjoy wood carving, carpentry, reading and general hanging out.

Paul Gagnon

ESOL Level 3 Instructor

My name is Paul Gagnon, and I live in Quincy.

I have been teaching and working with QARI since 2004. I am currently teaching Level 3 ESOL. I enjoy being associated with an agency whose goal is to help people to succeed. I've been a teacher for over forty years. Working with the ESOL classes at QARI have been the most satisfying years of my career.

I am a graduate of Boston State College (now the University of Massachusetts Boston). When I’m not teaching I enjoy wood carving, carpentry, reading and general hanging out.

Joseph “Jerry” Burrell    Family Literacy Instructor and ESOL Level 2 Instructor   Jerry Burrell is a recent and happily retired administrator for the Boston Public Schools. Prior to his twenty year administrative role, he taught humanities in middle and high school in the Newton and Boston Public Schools. When he isn’t enjoying the opportunity to teach ESOL to a diverse group of adults at QARI, he spends his time doing carpentry, gardening, reading, playing the piano, and being fix it person in the house he owns in Weymouth. And although he can speak a bit of French and German, he is also trying, with little apparent success, to learn to speak Vietnamese and Mandarin. Jerry is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and The English High School in Boston where he is active in alumni affairs as the school prepares to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1821.

Joseph “Jerry” Burrell

Family Literacy Instructor and ESOL Level 2 Instructor

Jerry Burrell is a recent and happily retired administrator for the Boston Public Schools. Prior to his twenty year administrative role, he taught humanities in middle and high school in the Newton and Boston Public Schools. When he isn’t enjoying the opportunity to teach ESOL to a diverse group of adults at QARI, he spends his time doing carpentry, gardening, reading, playing the piano, and being fix it person in the house he owns in Weymouth. And although he can speak a bit of French and German, he is also trying, with little apparent success, to learn to speak Vietnamese and Mandarin. Jerry is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and The English High School in Boston where he is active in alumni affairs as the school prepares to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1821.

 
Victoria Zhuang    ESOL Level 2 Instructor & Development Intern   My name is Victoria and I teach the ESOL Level 2 evening class.  I feel a great joy in getting to serve immigrants from all quarters of the world at QARI, and in being somebody who can welcome them to America. I consider teaching here a great honor and challenge. With each class, I attempt new ways to educate my students. That's a learning process for me as well, as its begun taking me from my comfort zone. I'm also proud to have been a part of promoting recognition of Asian voices and advocating for the needs of Asian-Americans and other minorities through my development work at QARI.  I am a graduate of Harvard University. Aside from teaching I also like to take time to enjoy cooking, traveling, cinema.

Victoria Zhuang

ESOL Level 2 Instructor & Development Intern

My name is Victoria and I teach the ESOL Level 2 evening class.

I feel a great joy in getting to serve immigrants from all quarters of the world at QARI, and in being somebody who can welcome them to America. I consider teaching here a great honor and challenge. With each class, I attempt new ways to educate my students. That's a learning process for me as well, as its begun taking me from my comfort zone. I'm also proud to have been a part of promoting recognition of Asian voices and advocating for the needs of Asian-Americans and other minorities through my development work at QARI.

I am a graduate of Harvard University. Aside from teaching I also like to take time to enjoy cooking, traveling, cinema.

Kimlan Tran    ESOL Level 4 Instructor   Kimlan is a retired school psychologist from Boston Public Schools. Prior to retiring she spent 30 years teaching Vietnamese and English in both Vietnam and the United States. Kimlan currently teaches the ESOL Level 4 at QARI.  When she’s not teaching she enjoys taking time to write about her experiences as a teacher and volunteer at local community centers.  Kimlan holds her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Emmanuel College and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has also received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in school psychology (CAGS) and teaching certifications in English and ESL.

Kimlan Tran

ESOL Level 4 Instructor

Kimlan is a retired school psychologist from Boston Public Schools. Prior to retiring she spent 30 years teaching Vietnamese and English in both Vietnam and the United States. Kimlan currently teaches the ESOL Level 4 at QARI.

When she’s not teaching she enjoys taking time to write about her experiences as a teacher and volunteer at local community centers.

Kimlan holds her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Emmanuel College and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has also received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in school psychology (CAGS) and teaching certifications in English and ESL.

 
Beth Lyons    ESOL Level 0 Instructor   My name is Beth, I live in Braintree and teach the ESOL Level 0 evening class.  I am married and have two children. I have always enjoyed working with children and families who are dual language learners because I like to see how eager they are to learn, their perseverance to keep trying to learn the English language, the students’ excitement when they learn something new. Currently, my students are working hard and we are enjoying late night classes. I hope my students are learning as much as they are teaching me.  I am a graduate of Massasoit and Quincy College where I received my Associate’s Degrees in Graphic Arts and Early Childhood. I received my BA in Human Development from the University of Massachusetts Boston. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and cooking.

Beth Lyons

ESOL Level 0 Instructor

My name is Beth, I live in Braintree and teach the ESOL Level 0 evening class.

I am married and have two children. I have always enjoyed working with children and families who are dual language learners because I like to see how eager they are to learn, their perseverance to keep trying to learn the English language, the students’ excitement when they learn something new. Currently, my students are working hard and we are enjoying late night classes. I hope my students are learning as much as they are teaching me.

I am a graduate of Massasoit and Quincy College where I received my Associate’s Degrees in Graphic Arts and Early Childhood. I received my BA in Human Development from the University of Massachusetts Boston. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and cooking.

 
Jean Mendoza    Citizenship Instructor (AmeriCorps NAIP)   Jean Mendoza is an AmeriCorps New American Integration Program (NAIP) member teaching the citizenship class at QARI. She helps immigrants navigate community resources and the path to citizenship.  Originally from New York City, she received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s from Johns Hopkins University. She has since worked as a science writer in Washington, DC, and volunteered at a nonprofit organization in Baltimore.  She knows Tagalog, Latin, and Italian. She loves to travel, bake, and dance salsa and Mandé, a West African dance form.

Jean Mendoza

Citizenship Instructor (AmeriCorps NAIP)

Jean Mendoza is an AmeriCorps New American Integration Program (NAIP) member teaching the citizenship class at QARI. She helps immigrants navigate community resources and the path to citizenship.

Originally from New York City, she received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s from Johns Hopkins University. She has since worked as a science writer in Washington, DC, and volunteered at a nonprofit organization in Baltimore.

She knows Tagalog, Latin, and Italian. She loves to travel, bake, and dance salsa and Mandé, a West African dance form.

Rockey Chan    ESOL Level 2 Instructor   My name is Rockey Chan and I live in Quincy, MA. I was born from Cantonese speaking Honk Kong immigrants.  I have a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Massachusetts @Amherst and a Master's of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  American English is my primary language with elementary level Cantonese. I like to learn about world history and culture. I like to teach and share information. This is why I am teaching ESOL Level 2 at QARI. The best thing about teaching at QARI is the cultural exchange that happens as the students and instructors learn English.

Rockey Chan

ESOL Level 2 Instructor

My name is Rockey Chan and I live in Quincy, MA. I was born from Cantonese speaking Honk Kong immigrants.

I have a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Massachusetts @Amherst and a Master's of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

American English is my primary language with elementary level Cantonese. I like to learn about world history and culture. I like to teach and share information. This is why I am teaching ESOL Level 2 at QARI. The best thing about teaching at QARI is the cultural exchange that happens as the students and instructors learn English.

Stefany Munoz    ESOL Level 1 Instructor and Adult Education Coordinator (AmeriCorps NAIP)   My name is Stefany Munoz and I live in Quincy. I am an AmeriCorps New American Integration Program (NAIP) member and will be teaching the morning ESOL 1 class. I am also serving as the Adult Education Coordinator at QARI.  I am originally from Los Angeles, California but I have been living in Quincy for a few years now. I attended the University of Massachusetts Boston for my Bachelor’s degree and am currently finishing my Master’s Degree there.  In addition to English, I also speak Spanish. I am exciting to begin teaching my ESOL class and look forward to helping student develop their English skills.

Stefany Munoz

ESOL Level 1 Instructor and Adult Education Coordinator (AmeriCorps NAIP)

My name is Stefany Munoz and I live in Quincy. I am an AmeriCorps New American Integration Program (NAIP) member and will be teaching the morning ESOL 1 class. I am also serving as the Adult Education Coordinator at QARI.

I am originally from Los Angeles, California but I have been living in Quincy for a few years now. I attended the University of Massachusetts Boston for my Bachelor’s degree and am currently finishing my Master’s Degree there.

In addition to English, I also speak Spanish. I am exciting to begin teaching my ESOL class and look forward to helping student develop their English skills.