Staff and Instructors

pauledmunds.jpgPaul Edmunds – Director

  • PhD in Linguistics and Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of New Mexico
  • MA in Linguistics, University of New Mexico
  • BA in English and Spanish; minor in Biology, University of Minnesota

Dr. Edmunds works in both administrative and teaching capacities at the University of New Mexico. As the Director of UNM’s intensive English language program CELAC (Center for English Language and American Culture) he oversees regular semester-long academic English courses, online courses, TOEFL test preparation courses, and customized short-term programs for students, faculty and administrators from around the world.

He also teaches classes in the Departments of Speech & Hearing Sciences and Linguistics where he holds the academic title of Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Edmunds travels widely to represent UNM at local, national and international events and conferences as well as at foreign embassies, consulates and education centers. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and English with a minor in Biology from the University of Minnesota. From the University of New Mexico, he received his Masters in Linguistics and Doctorate in Linguistics with a Concentration in Speech & Hearing Sciences.

barthillpng.pngBart Hill – Supervisor of  International Education

  • MA in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, University of New Mexico
  • BA in English; minor in Linguistics, New Mexico State University

Bart started working at CELAC in Spring 2010 and graduated from UNM with an MA in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies in Fall 2011. In 2014, he became the Education Specialist. While continuing to teach courses at CELAC, he transitioned to the role of Senior International Education Advisor in Spring 2019.

Bart’s involvement in teaching and advising English language learners began in 2000. While an undergraduate student at NMSU, Bart was a volunteer ESL tutor and an active member of Assembly of International Ambassadors, an organization that helped foreign exchange students to adjust to life in the United States. After graduating from NMSU, Bart taught EFL in Seoul, South Korea for over 3 years, working as a full-time instructor. At this institute, he taught several courses including Honors sections of Writing, Speaking, Grammar, Listening, Reading and Comprehension.

Bart lists reading and writing as his favorite hobbies. He also enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking. He spends his time being active in the community, volunteering and meeting new people whenever possible. He takes great pleasure in learning about diverse cultures and studying languages.


CELAC Instrutors - 2023Bingsheng Chen – Instructor

  • Doctoral Student of Educational Leadership, University of New Mexico
  • MA in Liberal Arts, St. John’s College
  • BA in English, Liaoning University of International Business and Economics

Bing is a dedicated educator with a Bachelor of Arts in English and an MA in Liberal Arts Education from St. John's College. He has also been a visiting Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) in Guatemala City, facilitating engaging discussions. He has accumulated teaching experience across different academic levels over the past decade.

Currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Bing actively contributes to Native American Studies and the evolving Corn Pollen Holistic Leadership Theory. He is an experienced instructor at CELAC, UNM, where he leads student voice initiatives and teaches English language classes, including Reading, Writing, and Grammar.

Outside of his academic pursuits, Bing finds solace in the simple pleasures of watching movies, hiking, running, and the art of culinary creation. His extensive travels and volunteer work in diverse communities worldwide reflect his global perspective. Bing thrives in the dynamic and international atmosphere of CELAC, UNM, where his commitment to education and cultural exchange finds a welcoming home.

CELAC Instrutors - 2023Isabella DelMargo-Lewis  – Instructor

  • Currently Pursuing MA in Educational Psychology, University of New Mexico
  • BA in Elementary Education, University of New Mexico

Isabella comes to CELAC from Albuquerque Public Schools, where she has taught students from various backgrounds in various settings. Isabella has a passion for helping students meet and exceed their goals. During her undergraduate degree, she worked as a tutor, supporting fellow students pursuing their degree in Education. 

To increase her ability in the classroom, Isabella spends her free time engaged in enriching activities like travel. She has spent time in China, Mexico, and Europe. Isabella also enjoys rock climbing, photography, and party planning.


CELAC Instrutors - 2023Whitney Jane  – Instructor

  • Currently Pursuing Ph.D in Education Linguistics, University of New Mexico
  • MA in TESOL, University of South Florida

Whitney is a passionate educator pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics at UNM. With extensive teaching experience in both Florida and Taiwan, she specializes in bilingual education and ESOL learners. Currently, she teaches Grammar and Conversation at CELAC, focusing on creating inclusive and transformative learning environments. Beyond education, Whitney is an avid explorer who immerses herself in diverse cultures, cuisines, and outdoor activities like surfing. Her diverse experiences enrich her teaching and broaden her perspective on culture and education. Whitney is committed to bridging the theory-practice gap in educational linguistics and invites you to join her on this transformative journey.

CELAC Instructors Wil MacNeil  – Instructor

  • Currently Pursuing MA in linguistics
  • BA in Linguistics in 2021

Wil has worked in some form of education since he was 14. He has worked in the public school system in Albuquerque and Los Angeles, as well as at Escuela Del Sol Montessori and The Harwood Art Center. Wil graduated from UNM with a BA in Linguistics in 2021. After a year of coursework toward his MA in California, he returned to UNM in the Fall 2022 semester and began teaching at CELAC. Wil enjoys the structure of language, hence his interest in linguistics and his preference for teaching grammar classes. After finishing his MA, he intends to pursue a PhD in linguistics.