Meet our 2023-2024 Mentors!

Yu Bai is in her second year as a mentor in the Maryland TESOL Mentorship Program. She has been an ESL teacher for 16 years and is currently a faculty member in the ESL Department at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). She teaches ESL reading and writing and college composition in various formats: in-person, hybrid, and online. She has also received credentials in instructional design and computer science. 

Darcy Scott is in her second year as a mentor in the Maryland TESOL Mentorship Program. She is an ESOL Teacher & Co-Chair of the ELD department at Rosa Parks Elementary School. She has been an elementary ESOL teacher in Prince George’s County for the past 15 years, teaching 1st through 5th grade English learners. She also teaches adult ESL, and is lead teacher for Prince George's Community College. She is a National Board certified teacher of English as a New Language.

MC DeSimone Bienkowski is the 2023-2024 Second Vice President and was the 2022-2023 Advocacy Chair-Elect for Maryland TESOL. She has over 14 years of experience working as a K-12 public school ESOL teacher and mentor and has been tenured in two districts in Maryland. She also has over five years of experience as a site coordinator and adult ESOL instructor for the Community College of Baltimore County. Currently, MC is a doctoral student at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She speaks some Spanish, Italian, and French.  TESOL and success for MLLs, their families, and their teachers is a great passion of hers.  She also enjoys traveling, learning languages, advocating for additive bilingualism/multilingualism, playing music, making friends across the globe, visiting museums, gardening, cooking from her garden, and chasing after her two dogs and cat (all rescues).

Ahu Moser is an Adult Education Program Specialist with 25 years of teaching experience in ESL and EFL settings nationwide and overseas. Her focus includes English Language Learners and Quality Professional Development. Ahu is a regular presenter at local and national conferences, advocating for innovative instructional practices and support for Multilingual Learners. She was the chair/and past chair of Awards Professional Council with TESOL International. She holds a Master of Education in Educational Management and earned the TESOL International ELT Management Certificate in 2018. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

Zahava Johnson is the current Chair-Elect for Maryland TESOL's Secondary Education Interest Section. She has earned a B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University, a M.S. in Education from Fordham University and a TESOL Certificate from the University of Maryland. She has spent over 20 years of her teaching experience in Prince George’s County, Md and has recently transitioned to William Wirt Middle School. She now serves as the English Language Development (ELD) Department Co-Chair and enjoys teaching AVID and ESL to middle school students from a variety of backgrounds. She has recently maintained her National Board Certification and continues to serve as a Professional Learning Facilitator mentoring National Board Certification candidates.

Carol Haddaway is an adjunct faculty at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she teaches Critical Writing Intensive for undergraduate music students. She has over 20 years of experience teaching ESL in the US and overseas. Prior to Peabody, she served as a Senior English Language Fellow with the US Department of State in Myanmar, Belarus, Ukraine, and Syria where she conducted teacher training and taught ESL at Yangon university. She holds an MA degree in ISD/ESOL Bilingual from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a MS degree in ABS from Johns Hopkins University. She enjoys learning new languages, traveling, gardening, keeping fit, and spending time with family.



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