Bluedata teachers are native speakers who are highly qualified with rich teaching experience, and are licensed by the New York State Education Department.  All have at least a bachelor’s degree.

1. Lili Kim (pic)

Lili Kim is originally from Los Angeles, California. She holds a BA in English and an MA in Education, which she received at the University of California, Irvine. She also holds an MBA from New York University. Lili has taught English for nearly a decade, at the middle school, high school, and now adult level. She loves reading, exploring New York City, and writing. She recently wrote a book about her dog and in dedication to her son, called “Walking Cookie Dough” (her pup’s name). Her favorite food is ramen, and she loves to travel (this photo was taken at a raccoon cafe in South Korea). 😀

2. Jonathan Maniscalco (pic)

Hey, my name is Jonathan Maniscalco. I born in Boston Massachusetts and grew up in nearby Cambridge. I graduated from Boston University in 2014 and got my TESOL certificate in 2015 and came to New York almost immediately after. While in Boston I worked at the Somali Development Center teaching both ESL and Civics. I like traveling, skiing, surfing, and reading great books. I’ll see you in class!

3. Stephanie Black (pic)

Stephanie Black graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language from Kent State University in Ohio. In her last year of university, she completed a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate program in Dresden, Germany. After spending a year tutoring migrant students in literacy in California, she decided to take her first ESL teaching job abroad in Cheonan, South Korea. These experiences inspired her to complete her Master’s studies in Hangzhou, China and obtain a Masters in International Education. She has taught in South Korea, China, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia as well as New York. Her strengths lay in creating communicative and interactive classes where students feel comfortable practicing their English and doing creative activities. She loves meeting new people and learning about their lives and their cultures. She is interested in global cultures, politics, business, nature and travelling.

4. Ed Ryan (pic)

Hello, my name is Ed Ryan, and I’m very happy to be an instructor at Bluedata. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Saint Francis College and a TESOL certificate from The New School for Social Research. In addition, I’ve studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. As an actor, I love exploring the varied meanings, nuances, and uses of words, so teaching and helping students grow in their ability to appreciate English and communicate confidently in their new language is a thrilling journey for me. I think being bilingual, or multilingual, is a marvelous accomplishment that enriches a person’s life in so many significant ways. I greatly admire you for taking on the challenge of learning English, and I will do my best to help you succeed in achieving your educational goals.

5. Tiffany Butler (pic)

Tiffany Joy Butler is an educator, writer, artist and filmmaker. Her memoirs have been published as part of the Bodega Monthly Anthology, Muchacha Zine and Telling Our Stories Press. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Writing Minor from Alfred University in 2010. She has been teaching English for 3 years and she loves to write, watch/make films, travel and practice her Spanish. Tiffany Joy hails from Walden, a small town in the Hudson Valley and she currently resides in The Bronx.

6. Charisse De Los Reyes (pic)

Charisse has a graduate degree in Communication and has taught a variety of subjects including English Grammar and Literature, Social Studies, STEM and Art. She currently enjoys teaching ESL and meeting students from all over the world. On her spare time, she likes to read books, watch TV and learn how to dance.

7. Ava Cacciolfi (pic)

Ava graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 and went on to work in Washington D.C. as a research assistant for a publication on the crisis in Syria. She also spent her time in Nepal volunteering teaching English in a K-7th grade academy and orphanage. Teaching House’s CELTA program brought her to New York City in May 2015 where she has decided to call home for the time being.

8. Lisa Elias (pic)

Hi!  My name is Lisa Elias, and I am an international teacher who has been teaching English for several years to businesspeople, students, and children.  I speak Spanish, French and Portuguese, and bits and pieces of other languages.  I hold a” \t “ Urban Affairs from Hunter College, a Small Business Management Certificate from New York University, and my interests includes travel, music and dance.  I have worked in public relations, media sales, and real estate.

9. Kyle Ridley (pic)

Kyle Ridley received his M.S.Ed. in TESOL from Nazareth College in 2013. Since then, has taught English as a second language to refugees, immigrants, and international students from over 20 countries in language schools, public high schools, and universities. Currently, in addition to working at Bluedata, Kyle teaches ESL for the City University of New York. He enjoys learning new languages as well as teaching them, speaks Spanish, and is now learning French.

10. Loretta Campbell

Hi! My name is Loretta Campbell! I have a B.A in Journalism from Utica College, Syracuse University in Upstate New York. I have worked as a reporter, a proofreader, and an editorial assistant. I started teaching at Touro College here in NYC as an Adjunct Professor of English soon after the Attack of 9/11. I taught there for about 12 years. I have taught freshmen and sophomores. After that I starting teaching ESL in various schools around New York. I have taught beginner levels and advanced levels, American Culture, and business English. I am a freelance writer, a member of the National Writers Union, a member of the Horror Writers Association, and a deacon at my church, Church-in-the-Gardens, Forest Hills, NY. My most recent short story, “Doughnuts” was published in the online zine Black Girls Literary Magic Magazine. My hobbies are yoga, reading, and movies. My French is not very good, but it was enough to get me to Paris for a month. I plan to return—with better French. I am a native New Yorker, but I have lived in four different cities on the East Coast. New York City is the best.

11. Carlton Johnson (pic)

Hi, my name is Carlton, but call me Carl for short. I’ve been teaching at Blue Data since mid-2018 primarily in Advance Writing and Critical Thinking.

Similar to Blue Data, I have taught ESL at a language school in Boston to young adults for a few years, focusing from beginning to intermediate skill levels covering basic grammar, conversation, vocabulary and pronunciation. Before teaching in Boston, I’ve taught within the elementary school system in South Korea for four years and the grade levels ranged from Kindergarten to sixth grades (K-6). These were some of the best experiences I’ve ever had as a foreigner myself.


At Bluedata, our mission is to provide a quality learning experience and an opportunity for international students to learn English for personal, academic, and professional purposes while experiencing American culture in New York City.

With this mission in mind, all lessons and activities strive to help students fully integrate into NYC’s vibrant English-speaking community. By bringing together students of various nationalities in an educational setting that challenges and invigorates students intellectually, Bluedata strives to create a community of empowered scholars capable of succeeding in our globalized world.


-Bluedata was founded in 1997 as a private co-educational licensed business school.

-Since February 2005, Bluedata has been authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

-Since April 2011, Bluedata has been accredited by the nationally recognized Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

-Today, as one of the leaders in language education in New York City, Bluedata International Institute is committed to providing every student with a learning experience that is rewarding, expansive, intellectually gratifying, and culturally sensitive.


Licensed by the New York State Education Department

Authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students

Accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)

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