Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty Biographies

Ms. Ricci Atherton (ELI Director)

A Texas native, Ricci Atherton received her Bachelor of Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University in Secondary Education with majors in German and French. She attended Albert Ludwig Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany, the University of Houston, and Texas A&M to complete a Master of Arts in German along with a Master of Science in Computer Science. After teaching English at Hoelderlin Gymnasium in Heidelberg, Germany, she served as an instructor of German at Stephen F. Austin University and at Brookhaven College as well as a GRE/GMAT preparation instructor at University of Texas at Dallas. Moving to California in 1997, she spent the next 9 years teaching English, French, and German in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, completing an ESL certification at UCLA. In 2005 she began her career at SFA coordinating the ESL program, watching it grow to a four level program. Along with a love for teaching languages, her interests include cross-cultural communication and program administration.

Ms. Elaine Lambright (ESL Instructor)

Mrs. Lambright received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from The University of Texas at Austin. She received a fellowship for graduate work, graduating from The University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Humanities, specializing in comparative literature. She has taught English at the junior high level at The Greenhill School in Dallas, spent eighteen years teaching English and creative writing courses in grades ten through twelve at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont, Texas, and spent three and a half years as an adjunct instructor in the English Department teaching a variety of freshman and sophomore level courses. She also worked as an adjunct instructor in ELI at SFASU before joining International Programs full time in 2014. Mrs. Lambright has studied French and has chaperoned high school students on international trips. She is especially interested in folk art from around the world.

Ms. Oresta Felts (ESL Instructor)

Ms. Felts originally comes from Ukraine where she got her Bachelor's degree in Translation Studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Ivan Franko National University in Lviv. She received her Master of Arts degree in Communication from Western Illinois University. She worked at Western Illinois University since 2007 both teaching English learners and coordinating the program, and taught speech communication at a community college. Ms. Felts started working at SFA in August 2010 as an ESL instructor and coordinator of international programs. She has always had a passion for languages and human communication. She really enjoys teaching English and interacting with international students.