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About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the English as a Second Language Program (ESLP) at Longwood University is to teach non-native speakers of English academic skills and strategies which will help them to be successful in their university studies, and to provide them with the knowledge and awareness of American academic and non-academic culture so that they can thrive in both environments.



 Eileen Beach

Eileen Beach



Faculty Biographical Information


Janelle Hertzler 

Janelle Hertzler Headshot - resized - 8-17-12 Instructor, ESLP


Janelle Hertzler was raised in Alberta, Canada. She spent 8 years teaching English in Universities and local language schools in Thailand. She has a BS in Ministries and a MA in Intercultural Studies/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She also has a MA in Conflict Transformation with an emphasis in Trauma Healing. She leads workshops and retreats on dealing with grief and trauma. She is the author of Seasons of Solace: A Story of Healing through Photos and Poems. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and photography.


Pepper Boyer

Pepper Boyer's Picture - 4-12-12 Instructor, ESLP


Pepper Boyer grew up in Maine. As a youth, she spent time living in France. While there, she obtained certificates in equestrian arts, flute and solfeggio. She has a B.A. in Communication, a MS Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and two writing certificates. In 2008, she began teaching ESL at the Adult Learning Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to teaching, Pepper worked in the legal environment as a legal secretary and paralegal. Her hobbies include: crocheting, reading, learning to play the piano, spending time with her husband, and savoring Baci chocolates.