Our Teaching Team
Our staff is highly qualified and experienced. Many of them were Liz's students at the Kennesaw State University TESL certificate program.
Liz Bigler is one of Georgia’s most experienced English as a Second Language instructors. She opened Bigler ESL in 2012 after a long career of teaching Japanese speakers of English. She has been married to a Japanese national for over 20 years and visits Japan frequently.
Some of her professional highlights include:
Lived and taught English in Japan for 3 years
Has taught English to Japanese speakers (and others!) for over 25 years
Holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University
Holds a certificate in “Teaching Accent Reduction to English Language Learners” from the University of Georgia
Master Teacher Trainer of the Color Vowel System of pronunciation.
Certified instructor of the Compton P-ESL Accent Modification method
Speaks conversational Japanese
Specializes in the typical problems Japanese speakers have with English vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation
Has taught TESOL certificate program (to teachers of ESL) at Kennesaw State University
Taught at Seigakuin Atlanta International School for 10 years
Member of TESOL International and Georgia TESOL
Roxanne Vik has worked with Japanese adults and children of all levels since 2014, and joined Bigler ESL in the summer of 2015. She has the certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from the University of Georgia. Based in Duluth, she teaches ladies, schoolchildren, and businessmen at our Peachtree Corners office. She loves teaching, hiking, and the color pink! Roxanne says, "I love helping people feel confident about feeling heard and understood."
Bill Parson has a certificate in teaching ESL (TESOL) from Kennesaw State University, a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and an associate's degree in electronics technology. He has over 20 years of classroom experience, teaching ESL and other subjects. Based in the Peachtree City area, Bill teaches on-site Business English in a corporate environment, and one-on-one private lessons. He says, “My love of teaching and the feeling I get when I do something to help someone take a step forward in their life are enormously fulfilling and gratifying. I’m really happy to be a part of Bigler ESL.”
Julie Roberts has over 20 years experience teaching English to immigrants from all over the world, and at all levels. Her interest in working with internationals was sparked by the experience of being one herself for two years in Russia! After returning to the USA in 1994 she obtained a Master's degree in ESL from Columbia International University, graduating in 1996. She has taught English in the classroom at Georgia Piedmont Technical College for almost 20 years, as well as in private tutoring jobs. She helps students learn in a communicative way and has particular strengths in teaching pronunciation and grammar. She joined Bigler ESL in April 2017.
Carol MacIntyre served as the English Department Chairperson of Dunwoody High School for 28 years, during which she was named Teacher of the Year twice. She taught in the Governor's Honors program for three years, and served as a consultant for its English program. Carol has won two Fulbright scholarships to India and Peru, and summer fellowships to Virginia Commonwealth, Yale, Princeton, and New York University Syracuse. She's also served as English Department Chair at Wesleyan School, and taught ESL at Kennesaw State University. She is fluent in French and loves traveling, dogs, and sushi.