International Students

IELP Instructors

Welcome to the SFCC and the City of Spokane. We’re glad you chose SFCC’s Intensive English Language Program for your English studies, and we know you will be pleased with how quickly your English skills will improve. We look forward to meeting and greeting you here in beautiful Spokane.

Ankcorn, Beth; ESL Instructor

Ankcorn, Beth; ESL Instructor Office: 005-0153

Phone: (509) 533-3561


60 Level Core Class (IELP)
Beth Ankcorn, Program Coordinator and ESL instructor in the Intensive English Language Program.

M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, Gonzaga University, 2012; M.A. in English with a Certificate in the Teaching of Composition, 2004; B.A. of International Studies, Gonzaga University, 1999.

I grew up in a town of approximately 600 people (I didn't forget any zeros). I loved that small place, but growing up there made me hungry to learn about the world. Since then, I've travelled to approximately 25 countries, and I have lived in Japan and Italy--each for about a year. Through the disciplines of international politics, literature, and linguistics, I have arrived at ESL teaching. I am grateful for every day that I get to step into the classroom and interact with international students.

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Lamb, Sylva; ESL Instructor

Lamb, Sylva; ESL Instructor Office: 005-0160

Phone: (509) 533-3612


B.A. in Education with a minor in English, University of Alaska, Anchorage, 1989

Since arriving here from Saigon, South Vietnam in 1968, I have taken every opportunity to travel and explore this great country. So far I have traveled, worked, and lived in forty-five out of fifty of these United States. I started teaching English as a Second Language for the Community Colleges of Spokane in 1991. I have also worked as a medical and legal interpreter that put me in more doctors and lawyers offices, hospitals and courthouses than most people would like to admit. Besides languages, I love gardening and my grandchildren.

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Miller, Eva; ESL Instructor

Miller, Eva; ESL Instructor Office: 005-0121

Phone: (509) 533-3373


M.A. in English, emphasis in Native American and Latin American Literature from California State University - Sacramento, 1994

I have been teaching English as a Second Language for eighteen years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each opportunity to interact with all the wonderful students from different countries. It has been a pleasure to observe students come from many different countries, learn English, and continue on to pursue their careers in various areas of study. I appreciate all that students have taught me about their cultures throughout the years, and it is wonderful to hear of their successes as they pursue their goals.

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Poliakova, Anastasia; ESL Instructor

Poliakova, Anastasia; ESL Instructor Office: 005-0152

Phone: (509) 533-3581


M.A. in English Language and Literature with Certification in TESL and Intercultural Studies and with minors in Public Relations and Political Science, Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia), 1996

I am a determined dreamer, living one day at a time with a fresh baked cookie. Being a mother and teaching are my two biggest passions, so I don't feel like I've worked a day in my life! I spent my childhood in Africa, lived and studied in Russia, and settled in America 16 years ago. Having been a teacher for many years, I am addicted to the exchange of energy in my classroom; I teach from my heart, promote creativity, passion, and debate. There is no such thing as "I can't" in my vocabulary: I set the bar high for both myself and my students, truly believe in success, and celebrate achievements.

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Sylla, Laurie; ESL Instructor

Sylla, Laurie; ESL Instructor Office: 005-0160

Phone: (509) 533-3609


M.A. in TESL and Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College, 2003; B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies, Northwestern College, 1998

I was born in chilly Minnesota but grew up in mountainous Colorado. I consider myself adventurous and, after graduating from college, decided to volunteer in Bangkok, Thailand for 1 year. That was the start of my career overseas, during which I returned to Thailand to teach for another 2 ½ years, taught in northern China for 1 year and trained teachers in rural Malaysia for 1 year. I love working with international students!

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