Daniel Lesho has accepted the director position for the Cal Poly English Language Institute (CPELI), announced College of the Extended University Dean Dr. Uei-Jiun Fan. Lesho's appointment was effective May 26.
As part of the Extended University, CPELI provides English instruction, academic skills preparation and TOEFL test preparation to international students from many different countries.
Prior to joining CPELI, Lesho was an adjunct professor in the Modern Languages, Literature & Culture Department at Pitzer College in Claremont. He taught public speaking, English literature and academic writing courses for international students. Lesho was also an instructor in the International Fellows Program at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. This program prepares international MBA students for academic coursework at Claremont Graduate University.
“Dan's outstanding credentials along with his knowledge and experience teaching overseas bring great value to CPELI,” Fan said. “His involvement in developing online programs for TOFEL and TESL will help us expand the offerings at the English language institute. I'm very confident that Dan's experience and efforts will prove to be invaluable as he helps CPELI grow.”
Lesho earned a master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Simmons College in Boston and a bachelor's degree in history from Providence College in Rhode Island. His overseas experience includes English language instruction in Korea and Japan. Most recently, he was an instructor at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Nagoya, Japan.
“I'm very pleased to join the dedicated faculty and staff at CPELI and hope that my experience both abroad and in the United States will help the language institute continue to provide the best in English instruction and academic preparation,” Lesho said. “I'm committed to creating a student community that reflects Cal Poly Pomona's best traditions of diversity, academic excellence and a learn-by-doing approach.”
Lesho replaces Randy Burger, former director of CPELI, who retired in March.