Faculty & Staff

The IEI full-time faculty are experienced professionals who are trained in ESL teaching methods. Our faculty have degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language, Linguistics or a related field.


Matt Rosenstein



Matt Rosenstein became Director of Global Education and Training (GET) in 2015. He is also Director of the Shanghai Office since 2017 and the Intensive English Institute since 2018. Prior to joining GET, from 2010-2015 he was Senior Associate Director of the European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois. Rosenstein also served as EUC’s Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Arts degree program in EU Studies. Previously, Rosenstein was Associate Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS) at Illinois from 2001-2010. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. degree from Duke University.


Kristin Bouton

Academic Director, Faculty, Academic Admin Team


Kristin has been with the IEI since 1996 and has been an ESL/EFL teacher for more than 30 years. She first began teaching English in Spain where she lived for 12 years. She is a member of the Academic Admin team which oversees the IEI curriculum and supervises the IEI's teachers, among other duties. She is also the IEI CEA Coordinator. She has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois and coursework in the MATESL field.


Anna Kasten

Senior Lecturer


Anna Kasten joined the IEI over 30 years ago after teaching abroad in Japan and Venezuela. Through Illinois International’s office of Global Education and Training, she currently manages the Oman Foundation Year Program, advising Omani scholarship students as they prepare for undergraduate study at top U.S. universities. She also serves as the IEI’s PDSO for SEVP. Anna holds an M.A. in Teaching ESL from the University of Illinois. Anna is passionate about her work with faculty and international students, and she truly enjoys her role supporting students as they assimilate in their new culture.


Jenny Brown-Rocheleau

Lecturer, Faculty, Academic Admin Team


Jenny holds a B.A in Linguistics and an M.A. in TESL from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the IEI in 2015, Jenny taught EFL in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and ESL to adult learners in Canada. Apart from teaching, Jenny works on various IEI projects and helps teachers use technology effectively in the classroom. Jenny's teaching and research interests include vocabulary, motivation in L2 learning, and blended learning.


Peter Chiligiris

Senior Lecturer, Faculty, Academic Admin Team


Peter has been teaching ESL for over 25 years, including seven years in Asia, and has taught every age group, subject, and skill level. He has two master’s degrees from the University of Illinois: one in Education, the other in TESL. Peter is a member of the Academic Admin team which oversees the IEI curriculum and supervises the IEI's teachers, among other duties. He is also the IEI testing coordinator and the International Student Advisor.


Ivan Crespo

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty


Ivan taught English for eighteen years in Brazil and is currently a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He’s particularly interested in Second Language Pronunciation; his goal is to work with sounds that affect intelligibility such as the short and long vowels. In his free time Ivan also teaches English on social media. Apart from teaching, Ivan likes traveling, reading, and spending time with his family.


Pete Grzywacz

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty


Peter taught business English in Mexico City for two years, and communicative English for eight years in Japan. He develops language learning activities in VR using C#, Unity, and VR Chat. He speaks Japanese, Spanish, and Mandarin-- proficiency descending in order. He also enjoys hiking, making maple syrup, and public baths.


Laiane De Castro

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty


Laiane is a Brazilian who has taught English since 2007. Despite having a bachelor's degree in Law, she stopped her practice to exclusively work as an English teacher since her true passion is Education. Besides getting a Teaching degree in Language Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in English Language Education, she is currently a MATESL student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is mostly interested in TESL Methodology, Second Language Acquisition, and Educational Psychology. Laiane enjoys going out with friends, reading, going to church, and working out at the gym.


Joy Howard

Lecturer, Faculty


Joy has been with the IEI since 1998 and has been teaching ESL for over 20 years. She has an M.S. in Sports Psychology from Purdue University and did graduate work in Slavic Studies at the University of Illinois before completing an M.A. degree in TESL at the University of Illinois. While interested in various aspects of the English language, she has devoted her research and teaching to grammar. Originally from Taiwan, Joy is currently a lecturer at the IEI. She is looking forward to writing an ESL grammar textbook.


Norb Huether

Lecturer, Faculty


Norb has been teaching ESL for twenty years. He has taught in a variety of English programs in the U.S. and Japan. He has an undergraduate degree in Linguistics with a minor in Japanese language as well as a master’s degree in TESOL all from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He enjoys teaching all levels and courses, but he especially enjoys teaching reading and writing classes.


Thays Ribeiro

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty


Thays taught English for Twenty three years in Brazil and is currently a MATESL student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She’s particularly interested in bilingual education, teaching kids, Phonics and teaching strategies in general. She was a teacher trainer in Brazil and she wants to focus on offer better materials and training to young learners teachers. In her free time Thays shares teaching ideas on her IG account teachingideasbrazil. Apart from teaching, Thays loves traveling, watching movies and educational crafts.


Sebastian Rocheleau

Lecturer, Faculty


Sebastian started his teaching career with the JET Programme in Kyoto Japan before returning to North America. He received an Applied Linguistic Diploma from the University of Victoria and an M.A in TESL from the University of Illinois along with the Mary A. Hussey Award for Excellence in ESL Teaching for student teachers in the ESL Services courses. Sebastian’s teaching interest focuses on technology integration in the classroom with a heavy focus on using mobile devices and remote learning. Apart from teaching, Sebastian enjoys gardening, ice hockey, and spending time with his sweet orange cats.

Shared Services

The IEI's operations are supported by the shared services teams in Illinois International: Business Operations, Global Communication, Human Resources, and Shared Administrative Services. Click on each team name to learn more about their staff.