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Meet our teachers

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.

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Ed Ryan


Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Ed Ryan is very happy to be an instructor at Bluedata. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Saint Francis College and a TESOL certificate from the New School for Social Research. In addition, he has studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. As an actor, he loves 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 him. He thinks being bilingual, or multilingual, is a marvelous accomplishment that enriches a person’s life in so many significant ways.

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Lili Kim


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). :D


Charisse de los Reyes


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 loves to read books, watch TV, do yoga and learn other languages like French, Italian and Japanese.

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Lisa Elias


Lisa Elias is an international teacher who has been teaching English for several years to businesspeople, students, and children. She speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese, bits and pieces of other languages. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College and a Small Business Management certificate from New York University. Her interests include travel, music, and dance. She has worked in public relations, media sales, and real estate.

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Bernardo Torres


Bernardo Torres received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Queens College. He is currently working on his MA in Language and Literacy at City College. He has taught children with Autism from Pre-K to the middle school level in New York City Department of Education. He has also taught college-level English reading and writing within a diverse and international community of students in the City University of New York at LaGuardia Community College. He enjoys writing poetry, dancing, photography, and traveling. One of his other passions besides teaching English is doing commercial and industrial voiceovers. He speaks Spanish and loves learning other languages including French and Japanese.

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Klodian Lleshi


Klodian Lleshi is an English Teacher at Bluedata International Institute. He received his English Teacher Degree at Alexander Giovani University in Albania in 2002. He eventually became an English Teacher at Tomorr Sinani High School. After his 14 years of career as English Teacher there, Klodian moved to New York, where he resumed his English teaching career. His numerous trainings and qualifications in the field make him a well-prepared and supportive teacher. Many of his students have been accepted in accredited universities and they always find a way to thank him in person or through social media. In addition to teaching, Klodian is a regular contributor to ELTA - English Language Teaching Association. His other passions in life are translation, world history, and psychology. His motto is “Work hard, be nice, and always try to bring out the best in people.”

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Carlton Johnson


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.

Before teaching at all, I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University (Philadelphia PA) and have worked within the construction industry as an architectural/interior drafter/designer as a consultant for various firms throughout NYC and Boston and decided to teach starting in 2009 as a tutor to elementary students and the interests grew from there.  I enjoy traveling, exploring various cultures, photography, listening to jazz music and design/architecture.

Here at Blue Data, I welcome the opportunity to meet and help improve your English skills and while learning from you would be a great and ongoing benefit. 

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Ian Kreisberg

Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx and White Plains, Ian is a native New Yorker. His favorite thing about English is etymology — the stories behind words — and he loves to teach vocabulary. He has written a novella and several short stories. He likes to have conversations about the arts. Ian has tutored at LaGuardia Community College, and has taught in South Korea. He likes the food in both places. His favorite building in New York is Grand Central Terminal. For fun, Ian plays ukulele, juggles, and practices calligraphy. He also likes to cook.

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Josh Nesmith


Josh Nesmith was originally born in Russia, however, he has lived most of his life in the United States. 

He received his BA in Russian Language and Business Management from UNM. He also received his MA TESOL from Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in 2020. He has been teaching for nearly three years now with instruction both in person and remotely focusing on helping international students studying and living in the United States. Prior to teaching, Josh lived abroad in Riga, Latvia for some time and has visited 23 different countries. During his free time, he loves to travel, spend time outdoors and explore new opportunities.  

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